2017 Guide Training Summary
Dates April 29, 30
May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21
Additional Dates: TBD
$25/day (50% refund if successfully employed)
More Info

We are currently accepting applications for the following positions for the 2017 season.

Office Staff
River Manager
Full-time Guides
Part-time Guides

Photographer/Cook/Shuttle Driver

If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, please send a river resume, non-river resume, and letter of interest to:

Blue Sky Rafting
PO Box 1671
Estacada, OR 97023



Office Staff

We are currently looking for full or part-time office staff for our growing business. Ideal job candidates should have an interest in learning the operations of a small but growing rafting company. Duties include:

Applicants should have:

River Manager

We are currently looking for a full-time river manager for our rafting operations. Ideal job candidates should have a minimum of 3 years experience in the rafting industry. Responsibilities include:

Applicants should have:

And should be:

Photographer/Cook/Shuttle Driver

We are currently looking for several self-motivated individuals that enjoy photography, cooking and hanging out with rafters. Job duties include packing and cooking lunch (bar-b-que steaks and chicken), shooting digital photos of each rafting trip, driving customers to the put-in at the beginning of the trip and meeting customers at the end of the trip. Applicants for this position should be familiar with taking consistent, digital pictures and be comfortable cooking for large groups of people as well as have some enthusiasm for photo sales. Owning a DSLR is a benefit but not required. A clean driving record is a must.

Guide Training Info

Our training is structured to provide trainees flexibility as well as ample training opportunities to become proficient in river guiding. The focus of the first 2 days of training is Blue Sky company policies, information and logistics about our primary river trips as well as the beginning of on-river guide training. Trainees can generally expect to need a minimum of 8 days of training in order to be prepared to successfully pass the proficiency guide test. Guides cannot begin guiding commercial trips until they have graduated from training. Training days are dependent on the amount of experience a guide has prior to applying at Blue Sky.

Training dates are currently scheduled for last weekend in April and the first 3 weekends in May:
April 29, 30
May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21

Training is from about 8am-5pm.

Additional days and opportunities are not guaranteed so please make every effort to attend the days as scheduled.

Cost of training: $25 per day($200 deposit required prior to the start of training). Upon completion of working 10 days in the 2017 season, half the training fee will be refunded.

Our guide training is designed to help prospective guides gain the basic skills necessary to commercially guide intermediate rivers (Class 3-4). Everyone who successfully completes training will be considered for employment for the 2016 season but a job offer is not guaranteed. Our training emphasizes hands-on experience with the help of experienced instructors.

The training fee includes lunch for the first day of training as well as use of all necessary equipment including life jacket, helmet, wetsuit, and paddle. Once training is complete, guides are generally expected to purchase a personal lifejacket, paddle, knife, whistle and other personal river gear. Discounts are available through Blue Sky for gear and other low cost options are available in Portland. Training takes place primarily on the Clackamas River and other rivers in the area. Successful trainees who are invited to work with Blue Sky will be guiding the Clackamas River.

The training course includes both on- and off-river sessions covering topics such as river dynamics, boat rigging, paddling strokes, guiding strategies, river safety, river rescue, knot tying, meal prep, equipment repair and maintenance, and customer relations.