Employment at ROW Adventures Family of Companies
A Note About COVID-19 and the Pandemic: When the world went topsy-turvy in March of 2020, we quickly regrouped, worked with other outfitters and came up with a plan for operating our season as best we could. Our 2020 season start up was delayed until early June and by early July we were operating at near full capacity. The season was short, but in the end, we took hundreds of people on trips and not one of our staff got COVID-19, nor, to the best of our knowledge, did any of our guests. We developed and implemented a full mitigation plan and have modified it for the 2021 season. We are fortunate that our trips take place in the outdoors. This fact, coupled with our operating precautions, gives us confidence that we can continue to operate our trips in a way that protects both our employees and our guests. We anticipate a busy 2021 season and are hiring with that in mind.
When it was founded in 1979, ROW Adventures was a small company focused on multiday rafting trips. As the decades have passed, we have grown into an award-winning adventure and active travel company with trips around the globe. We are organized under four brands:
- ROW Adventures – Specializing in whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, biking, fly fishing and hiking trips in the United States. Our core business, comprising 80% of our trips, is rafting. We operate on more Idaho rivers than any other outfitter and we are Idaho’s largest adventure travel company. In addition, we operate on five rivers in Oregon, three in Montana and one in Washington.
- River Dance Lodge – Idaho’s Outdoor Adventure Resort, located on the Middle Fork of the Clearwater, is the base for our Lochsa whitewater rafting season as well as other float trips and activities from May to September.
- Sea Kayak Adventures – Focused on sea kayaking and whale watching trips around the world, with our largest operations in Baja, Cuba, Ecuador (the Galapagos) and British Columbia.
- Adventure Unbound – Active travel trips outside the USA, with a cultural focus and a mix of moderate activities that can include hiking, sea kayaking, cycling, cultural exploration and wildlife watching.
The information found here is focused on employment for ROW Adventures. If you’d like to work for a top-rated rafting and adventure company that prides itself on professionalism, commitment to guest services, conservation and cultural/natural history interpretation, then apply to join our team!
What to Know About Being on the ROW Team
ROW Adventures works hard to create a healthy, supportive environment where everyone on our team is treated with respect. Our team is our most valuable asset, and our success is the direct result of our outstanding, quality-driven team members who enjoy working and playing together. We enjoy a high return rate among our staff, yet still hire many new people each year. To meet some of our current team members, click here.
When applying for a position with us, know that we demand a lot from our staff. One reason is that we provide a level of service that is well above the standard in the rafting, adventure travel, and outdoor resort arena. Another is that we expect our guides to excel at cultural and natural history interpretation – meaning our guides are continually learning about the resources where we operate so they can share this knowledge with our guests in engaging, entertaining ways. We look for people seeking to set the high watermark in their personal and professional lives. If you are a friendly, self-starting, energetic, creative and hard-working person with a love for people and the natural world, and are interested in a long-term relationship with ROW, we want to hear from you!
ROW accepts applications for adventure field staff positions year-round. The bulk of seasonal hiring is usually completed by late March. All positions offer competitive pay, housing or camping at all outposts, free or reduced trips for friends and family, a Flexible Spending Account and other benefits. Employees have opportunities to experience an unmatched variety of rivers in the region, including Idaho’s Moyie, St. Joe, Coeur d’Alene, Lochsa, Middle Fork Clearwater, lower Selway, Jarbidge/Bruneau, Upper Owyhee, Salmon River Canyons, Snake River through Hells Canyon, and the Middle Fork of the Salmon; Montana’s Upper Missouri, Clark Fork and Blackfoot; Washington’s Spokane and; Oregon’s Rogue, Deschutes, Owyhee, Snake in Hells Canyon and Grande Ronde. Our adventure season begins in early May and runs into late September. The bulk of the season occurs mid-June to late August.
ROW’s administrative offices are located in Coeur d’Alene, ID. With the exception of local Coeur d’Alene activities, all our trips base out of dispersed locations. Our main whitewater rafting warehouse is located in Clarkston, WA. We also maintain a warehouse in Salmon, ID, and facilities at the River Dance Lodge in Syringa, ID and have seasonal outposts in Moyie Springs, ID, Spokane, WA, Superior, MT, Great Falls, MT, and Merlin, OR.
Please take a look at the available positions and fill out an online application. If you'd like more information about guiding at ROW, click here.
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!
Peter Grubb, Founder