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Guide – Idaho


United States - Idaho - Lewiston

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Job Status: Posted 5 months ago


Seasons For Hire


Payment Schedule

July 18, 2021

Deadline to Apply


Job Type

18 Years Old

Minimum Age

1 year

Minimum Experience

Job Description

Hell's Canyon, Snake, Lower Salmon, Main Salmon, Middle Fork Salmon, Owyee

Skills and Knowledge:
Safely navigate rivers, lakes, trails, or roads in watercraft, vehicles and on foot.
Be familiar with OARS menus, prepare delicious meals, practice safe food-handling including attention to dietary restrictions, and artfully present food.
Care for and maintain OARS equipment and personal equipment; mark and set aside broken equipment when it cannot be fixed.
Complete all written documentation using required technology.
Good lifting techniques and attention to all areas of worker safety.
Assist with food packing, shuttle driving, repair and preparation of boats and other equipment as required.
Whitewater rescue of persons and equipment, give care and facilitate evacuation when needed.
Securely and safely rig all boats and vehicles for whitewater or road travel.
Set-up and break-down camps; load and unload trips at the warehouse; pack, unpack and clean-up.
Give effective and demonstrative safety and intro talks.
Be familiar with and maintain contents of first aid kits.
Know and comply with regulations set by governing management agencies.
Know location of emergency plans, all reporting forms, and other warehouse and office resources.
Be proficient in use of satellite communication devices and have knowledge of evacuation routes.

Create Trip Experience:
Seek to provide our guests with the best outdoor experience of their lives.
Know and follow OARS policies regarding use of alcohol.
Instill confidence and a sense of shared adventure with passengers.
Provide a positive role model for children and facilitate kid-friendly activities.
Know your role on each trip.
Be familiar with trip logistics and passenger rosters.
Share job related concerns and ideas with crew, trip leaders and managers.
Enthusiastically assist guests providing unexpected help.
Engage with clients during meal or down times making them feel welcomed and hosted.
Learn passengers' names.
Deal professionally with challenging clients.
Be on schedule according to TL and manager directives and client needs.
Regardless of client behavior, refrain from cannabis use or personal nudity.
Take care of themselves and others in difficult wilderness situations and environments.
Ensure that everyone participating (going on a hike, running a rapid, trying an IK or SUP, etc) is aware of the difficulty involved and is physically and emotionally ready for it. Dissuade those not ready and offer an alternative to them.

Demonstrate Work Ethic:
Address and resolve conflict in a timely and mature manner.
Gives and receives feedback in a positive, constructive and professional way.
Complete the tasks of the job from start to finish; finish the task completely including putting things away and cleaning up work areas.
Solve problems when they arise using good judgment and creativity.
Participate in pre/post-trip meetings.
Work long hours with a good attitude and practice necessary self-care to avoid burn-out.
Be an ambassador and representative of OARS in the field: promote other OARS trips; wear clean and professional clothing especially OARS wear; do not promote competitors’ trips or wear articles of competitors’ clothing; be courteous to all other groups; keep conversations professional at all times.
Evolve with changing protocols, industry standards, additional responsibilities and new tasks.
Don’t badmouth other companies, OARS management or policies, reservationists, pay, equipment, other guides on the trip or the decisions of the trip leader.
Understand and follow OARS risk management policies and procedures.
Report any witnessed misconduct to managers.

Provide Interpretation:
Present facts about the region’s natural and human history.
Lead interpretive talks, walks and hikes.
Adhere to Seven Principles of Leave No Trace at all times.
Be a steward of the natural areas in which we travel.
Stay abreast of and enhance others' awareness of political and environmental issues concerning the areas you work in.
Continually strive to grow in interpretive skills; support fellow guides in interpretive efforts.

Guide Qualifications:
Minimum of CPR, Swiftwater training (for some locations) WAT, First-Aid level as follows:
Wilderness First Responder or greater is required for multi-day guides
Wilderness First Aid or greater is required for one-day guides
Communication, Customer service, and People skills
Understanding of natural history
Leadership qualities
Ability to work with a wide array of demographics including varieties in age, race, culture, etc
Willingness to work all aspects of the job
Capable of working long hours
Physically fit-water based guides must be able to self-rescue back into boat
Team player
Fluent English
Safety conscious
Competency in all above duties and responsibilities
Camping and outdoor cooking skills

Positions to Fill

More than one opening

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Primary Certification

Swiftwater Rescue

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