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Join The ARO Team! Train to be a Rafting Guide

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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.


How to Apply: Email:

Call 800 525-7238

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