WHAT WILL MY DAILY EXPERIENCE
at Pro Rafting Tours look like?
WHAT MAKES WORKING AT
PRO RAFTING TOURS'S SPECIAL?
At Pro Rafting Tours we believe most people don’t know what it’s actually like to fully unplug 100% and escape on vacation! Taking a vacation that doesn't unplug you 100% makes a person more anxious, less creative, and causes them to lose a sense of self and well-being! When somebody goes off-grid on vacation, they gain a new sense of freedom because they are finally able to escape the routine pressures of their daily life without the slightest possibility of being reached by anyone virtual. A simple river vacation can change someone's life forever and brighten their spirit for years to come! We provide the best river trips and vacations in the west Because all people secretly crave the freedom and awareness that comes with being on vacation without their phone!
Our Team Members Describe Themselves as:
Become rich in adventure, story, places, and people.
Don’t wait to tell your story. Live it now! Get a job with us!
Frequently Asked Questions
The following is a series of answers to questions that we often get concerning our hiring process. Please read this thoroughly before submitting your application. If you have additional questions, write them down and be sure to ask them during your interview. Our training for new guides starts on the first Saturday in May and you must be available from that point until, at least, the middle of August.
We are looking to fill the following summer positions.
- River Guides
- Event Caterers
- Phone Operators (Sales)
To apply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask that an application be sent to you. Once you get the application, just follow the directions carefully and apply. All potential guides must fill out an application before they will be considered in our hiring process. Our entire application process is on email so be sure to check that regularly.
Yes, but only for those who can commit 100% to a definite and predetermined part time schedule in writing, and can commit to our mandatory weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 9 AM. The application process is still the same, and training is still mandatory even for part time employment. Part-time employees are still accountable to show up to our weekly meetings and perform in a way that helps accomplish our team goals. If you are interested in Part-time work, fill out an application and you can discuss potential part-time opportunities with our team lead in an interview.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or disability, and will not be discriminated against on any of these bases.
We are looking for people who have an established work history and who have interesting personalities. We teach our employees everything they need to know about the job and bring them along as their skills develop, so previous experience is not required. Like any job, we need maturity, common sense, and a willingness to be taught. Here’s a hint: We assume you love the outdoors or you wouldn’t be applying. Let us know what makes you interesting. Information like, “I’m really an outdoor person,” is not very interesting. Statements like, “I once lived an entire winter in a snow cave”, or “In my spare time I volunteer at a homeless shelter”, or “I once won a Dungeons and Dragons tournament” are interesting.
We are looking for people who are willing to live up to our behavior and grooming standards. PRT does not allow its employees to drink alcohol, take illicit drugs, smoke, vape, chew tobacco, or do anything similar while on the job, on company property, or in company vehicles. This includes time spent in camp while on a river trip and includes time spent in company areas. Certain grooming standards are also required such as no beards or excessively long hair on males, and we ask that females shave their legs and armpits. We also reserve the right to ask you to remove excessive body piercings (anything that is visible other than your ears). Tattoos are allowed unless they are inappropriate. If there is a question, feel free to ask about it in your interview.
Pro Rafting Tours provides comprehensive training for all of its new employees. Many companies charge for their training sessions, but we choose not to. While our training is not competitive (i.e., we do not invite 10 people on training with the intention of only hiring 5), it is an audition. We reserve the right to rescind our offer of employment if you do not work out during training. This is a rare occurrence. Training is mandatory and starts on the first Saturday of May and continues for three weeks on the Kern River in California or a different river depending on water levels and annual circumstances.
As a new employee, you will start on the Provo River, in our Elk Ridge, UT office. PRT also runs trips on the Kern River, CA; the Weber River, UT and the Main Salmon River, lD. Seasoned veteran guides typically work on our week long Main Salmon vacation trips in Idaho, but you may be invited along as a trainee if you are interested in becoming a Salmon guide. We have mandatory weekly meetings for Full-Time and Part-Time guides on Wednesdays at 9 AM where everyone gets together.
For full-time guides, pay is by the “season”. For part-time guides, pay is by the “trip” or by the “river day”. Your pay goes up as your experience and responsibility increases. We pay extra for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certificates. There is also hourly work available, and if you have a Commercial Driver’s License or other specialized skill, such as welding, construction, or auto mechanics higher hourly rates may be earned.
Because pay rates may change from year-to-year, actual rates will be discussed in your interview.
It is possible to receive increases in any of these amounts based on merit, level of responsibility, and previous experience. Guides also receive gratuities from their trips. This can be a significant amount of money above and beyond your wages.
PRT does not provide housing. Most new guides have private housing and live between Provo/Orem and Payson, UT to be close to work and the river. Kern River, CA Guides usually camp and reside in the backyard of the owners home in Weldon, CA.
If you work on the river and food is served, you eat the same food that our guests eat. In fact, you and your fellow guides will prepare all of the meals. There is always left-over food from trips, and is up for grabs by the staff on that trip. Otherwise, you are on your own.
Many companies require that you purchase all of your own personal river gear like lifejacket, guide paddle, throw bag, and other items. We have chosen to provide any and all of the river gear you will need for the season, although if you want to purchase gear you may get a “Pro Deal” on any NRS items you are interested in beside some of the bigger purchases like rafts, frames, ect.
You can expect to pay for your first aid certification. This can range from about $35 to $600.00 depending on which certification you obtain. The extra pay you receive for obtaining an EMT or WFR certification more than off-sets the higher cost of training. Expect to also be responsible for your own transportation to and from work (although some guides carpool). Mileage or gas money is not part of compensation.
For a new guide, your season begins the first Saturday in May. If you are a college student, check your finals schedule. If you are a high school student, check your last day of classes. Our training course is required, even if you have previous guiding experience. You will spend 3 weeks training. Most of the time, you will be on the water. All guides are expected to work until the end of August. For many of you, this will be right up until you return to school. For those who will not be in school next Fall, there is work available well into the Fall. In fact, we need some people all the way through October. In subsequent
years, you may start guiding as early as March 15th.
If you are still in School in May and want to work, don’t let that deter you from applying. Please apply and be very clear about your schedule and availability and we will do our best to work with you.
Yes, you may, but all time off should be finalized and approved by May 31st. Exceptions can be made, but this is a seasonal job and we expect you to commit to the schedule you agreed to. If you have not specifically requested a day off, we assume you are available to work. Even if there are no guests scheduled on the day you are scheduled to work, you must be on call and ready to work that day. Guests schedule trips last minute and you will be assigned to those trips if they are booked.
Our business is seasonal. We are like farmers in that we have to make all of our money in a short period of time. Getting a lot of time off for family vacations or other events does not work well with this job. All employees are needed, most of the time, during our season. Please consider this before applying. We do not want to be harsh, but we simply cannot afford to have summer employees who are constantly asking for time off. Also, if you intend to only work one summer, please do not apply. If you know you are going to have a life event at the end of the summer that will prohibit you from working and require that you leave a month early to get ready or must make a weekly trip somewhere please do not apply. If you plan to go on a two-week vacation with your family, during the busy part of our summer (June 21st - August 30th) please do not apply.
This job is a paradox. Guiding can be the most difficult and exhausting work you ever perform and at the same time be the most fun and exciting. We need people who can get up early and keep pushing even when it is cold or hot or windy. We need people with a positive, upbeat outlook on life. If you need a lot of “me time” or prefer to be alone, this is not the job for you.
PRT is extremely proud of it’s employees and we try our best to maintain a work environment and company that is supportive and that our employees will be proud of. At the same time, we are just like any other business that expects a reciprocal commitment from our employees.
AND that’s it for our most commonly asked questions.
NOTE: If you have additional questions, please write them down and ask them at your interview.
I will be assuming you will have read carefully each of the answers to these questions thoroughly before we reach out to you for a potential phone interview.
Remember. . .
Guiding People, Leading People, and Caring for People is our job.
Does that describe you. . .?
We will be in touch!
“Guiding People. . .NOT Rafts!”
Your Friend from the River,
P.S. If people don’t get outside, their health suffers. At Pro Rafting Tours we make it fun to get outside so your health can thrive because everyone deserves to be healthy and happy.