Join The ARO Team! Train to be a Rafting Guide
Looking for something new?
Start the most exciting summer of your life today!
Train to be a rafting guide with ARO, New Yorks rafting leaders since 1980. Work, Play, and LIVE the Adirondack dream!
What are the requirements?
- Communication, Customer service and People skills.
- Ability to work with a wide array of demographics including varieties in age, race, culture, etc.
- Passion for working in the outdoors
- An ability to be calm and collected
Some of what ARO has to offer :
- Extensive training and assistance with licensing on the Hudson (class III) and Black (IV) Rivers.
- The only company offering training and commercial Moose River trips (V)
- Fun and healthy social environment.
- Opportunity to work and live in the heart of the of the Adirondack park’s 6.5 million acres.
- Free or affordable lodging and camping options.
- Numerous other employment opportunities such as:
- Ropes course guide*
- Canoe, paddle board, kayak, hiking, and camping trip leader
- Construction, renovation and management of vacation rental and glamping properties
- Bus and shuttle drivers
- Basecamp for a year round outdoor lifestyle, only 5 miles from Gore mountain and right on the Hudson River
A Typical Hudson River Workday:
- Wake up with ample time for coffee and breakfast. You’ll need some energy to get everything ready for a full day on the river.
- A little before 8am you’ll walk the path to the main base of oporations or pull into the guide parkinglot.
- For the next 2 hours it’s all hands on deck. We’ll need to make scores of river treats and adjust the raft stack before sending up the inflation shuttle.
- The guests usualy begin to arrive a bit before 9am. They’ll need to be welcomed and “checked in” before being outfitted with equipment.
- Once everyone is ready it’s time for the safety talk, after that we load up on to the buses and drive directly to the put-in.
- After meeting your crew and strapping in your gear you’re officially on river time.
- As you guide your crew of 4-8 family and friends through dozens of rapids along 18 miles of pristine wilderness shoreline, it becomes difficult to tell whether the guests or guides are having the most fun.
- The end point of the river trip is convenienty located just a 2 minute walk back to homebase.
- Once the equipment is put away it’s time to relax.
- Maybe fire up the outdoor woodfire pizza oven, or head into town for “music by the river” on Saturday nights in the summer.
- There’s free single track mountain biking trails right in town at the “ski bowl” and tons of off the beaten trail hiking and camping all over the area.