River Dance Lodge Support & Activities Guide

ROW Adventures seeks to higher a few exceptional individuals to guide outdoor adventures and provide guest services at the River Dance Lodge in Syringa, ID, north-central Idaho's premier outdoor adventure resort. Lodge and Activities Staff are involved in all aspects of the resort's operations. Responsibilities include guiding adventure activities, housekeeping and serving in the resort restaurant. Activities that guides lead are: scenic rafting, sit-on-top kayak and introductory fly fishing trips on the Selway, Lochsa and Middle Fork Clearwater rivers, hiking and mountain biking trips in the surrounding Bitterroot Mountains, as well as evening programs such as leading dutch oven cook-outs and campfire activities. No guiding experience is necessary, but all candidates must successfully complete all required training before beginning work.

Activity guides are apart of a small, tight-knit team of fun-loving, thoughtful and talented outdoor professionals with a tremendous passion for the natural world. ROW hires individuals committed to excellence in hospitality and safety, who desire to provide meaningful interpretation to guests, support conservation efforts, desire to grow and learn, and who seek to set the high water mark in their professional and personal lives. This position provides a great introduction to what can become a long, rewarding career in outdoor guiding and leadership with ROW Adventures and activity guides often move into other guiding positions with ROW in subsequent seasons.

We hire three people in these positions who will work as a team along with other lodge-only staff including the Manager, Cook(s), and Mainternance personnel to ensure that all services are delivered in a professional and quality manner. Hours can be long and flexibility is critical as demands fluctuate depending on how many people are staying at the lodge.  Persons hired for these positions must have a positive attitude about doing a variety of work.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists the lodge staff with serving and clean up of all meals along with possible assistance in food preparation in the Syringa Cafe.
  • Housekeeping - including changing sheets, making beds, cleaning bathrooms, clean cabin kitchens, hot tub maintenance and general cabin and luxury tent cleaning.
  • Grounds keeping - including mowing, weeding, watering and litter pickup.
  • Safely guiding guest activities, including oar, paddle rafts, canoe and sit-on-top-kayaking on Class I - II water, as well as introductory fly fishing, hiking and mountain biking trips.
  • Canoe / Kayak Instruction trips.
  • Fishing Instruction trips at a basic level.
  • Equipment rental and shuttles for self-guided adventures.
  • On ROW's multi-sport adventures, help coordinate local activities that could include hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.  (Some of these are done in conjunction with another local outfitter, such as the horseback riding.)
  • Lead other guest programs at the Lodge, such as camp games, storytelling or other campfire activities, especially for children.
  • Safely drive 15 passenger van with guests and equipment trailer. (Motor Carrier Law requires minimum age of 25 to drive passengers in this vehicle)
  • Work positively with other team members to implement all aspects of a ROW trip from pack-up to clean-up in order to provide guests with a safe, meaningful and memorable experience.
  • Engage and respond to guests in a positive, friendly and supportive manner, including meeting their expressed and unexpressed needs.
  • Provide meaningful interpretation to our guests on natural and cultural history topics pertinent to each trip, such as geology, Wild and Scenic Rivers, early homesteaders, Pacific salmon etc.
  • Take care of ROW equipment and facilities.
  • Professionally represent ROW and its Mission, Vision and Values.
  • Follow all policies and procedures as outlined in ROW's Guide Manual.
  • Act as a good steward of the natural world and follow Leave No Trace practices.
  • Perform other duties as needed or assigned.

Guide Qualifications:

  • Legally allowed to work in the United States.
  • Must have a valid drivers license and clean driving record - you will need to submit a three-year state DMV record.
  • Successful completion of all ROW training or approved equivalent (can be completed after hiring) required prior to first commercial work.
  • Must attend our pre-season guide trip.
  • Excellent risk management capability in remote settings.
  • Current 16-hour Wilderness First Aid or higher (e.g. OEC, WAFA, WFR, WEMT, EMT) and current CPR certifications (can be completed after hiring).
  • A positive, supportive team player.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Physically fit, able to work long hours in the field.
  • Willing and eager to interact positively with a range of age groups, from small children to seniors.
  • Experienced in guest services or group leadership preferred.
  • Experience in hospitality industry preferred.
  • Strong personal connection to local area preferred.
  • Academic or professional background or equivalent experience in natural science, western American history, environmental education or conservation related field preferred.
  • Ability to follow ROW's drug-free and tobacco free workplace policy.
  • Ability to obtain an Idaho Guide's License.
  • Guides must purchase a PFD, river knife, three carabiners, whistle, dry bag, and a personal first aid kit.

How To Apply:

Application Form

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