We are currently accepting applications for the following positions for the 2020 season.
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:
- Manage the reservation process and customer scheduling
- Manage daily financial recordkeeping
- Support daily river trips by assisting the guide staff
Applicants should have:
- Basic computer and office equipment skills
- Exceptional organizational skills
- Hard working
- Strong people skills
- Clear and concise communication skills
- Sales skills are a plus
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 3 weekends in May and 1 weekend in June:
- May 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31
- June 6, 7
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: $30 per day ($120 non-refundable deposit required prior to the start of training). Upon completion of working 10 days in the 2019 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 2020 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, and customer relations.
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 enthusiasm for photo presentation at the end of the trip. A clean driving record is a must.
If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, please send a river resume, non-river resume, and letter of interest to [email protected] or:
Blue Sky Rafting
PO Box 1671
Estacada, OR 97023