Career Opportunities

Looking for a fun summer opportunity?

Are you looking for an exciting, active, outdoor job? Is a summer in the Canadian Rockies on the cards for you?

Chinook Rafting has a reputation for offering fun, informative rafting trips of the highest standard, so you know you’ll be surrounded by happy clients and fun-loving, professional colleagues. Not to mention world-class mountain scenery and two beautiful rivers. Interested? We are currently hiring!

POSITIONS AVAILABLE

  • Raft Guide
  • Raft Guide/Trip Leader
  • Senior Trip Leader
  • Driver/Trip Assistant
  • Off-River Assistant

More information on each position can be found below.

Please submit your resume and cover letter indicating which position you are applying for to richard@chinookrafting.com. Successful applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview.

RAFT GUIDE

Raft Guiding with Chinook offers all the perks of a great work environment right on the edge of Banff National Park. We welcome Class III and IV raft guides from all over the world (must have valid work visa/permit for Canada). If you are an outdoor enthusiast looking to start raft guiding professionally, check out our annual Guide School to start your career in Whitewater Rafting. Our wages are industry-competitive, and dependant on experience.

Pre-requisites for Raft Guide position:

  • Previous raft guide training and certification in paddle rafts OR successful completion of our annual Guide School
  • Minimum standard first aid (16hr course) and CPR certification
  • Rescue 3 Swift Water Rescue Technician Level I or equivalent
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or valid Canadian work permit/visa holder

Assets:

  • Competent Class IV paddler / raft guide
  • Wilderness first aid (40hr-80hr course)
  • Excellent hospitality, public relations and customer service skills
  • Enthusiastic, reliable and outgoing person that loves the outdoors

Find the full job description here

RAFT GUIDE / TRIP LEADER

Are you a raft guide with at least 3-5 years of experience? As a Raft Guide/Trip Leader with Chinook you’ll be helping to train newer guides, and taking on more leadership to support the smooth and successful running of the trip. Our wages are industry-competitive, and dependant on experience.

Pre-requisites for Raft Guide/Trip Leader position:

  • Minimum 3 – 5 years raft guide experience in paddle rafts
  • Professional River Outfitters Association of Alberta River Rafting Guides certificate or International/Provincial equivalent
  • Completion of high school
  • Minimum standard first aid (16hr course) and CPR certification
  • Rescue 3 Swift Water Rescue Technician Level I or equivalent
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or valid Canadian work permit/visa holder

Assets:

  • Competent Class IV paddler / raft guide
  • Trip Leading experience with small rafting groups is beneficial
  • Raft Guide Instructor training experience would be beneficial
  • Wilderness first aid (40hr-80hr course)
  • Excellent hospitality, public relations and customer service skills
  • Enthusiastic, reliable and outgoing person that loves the outdoors

Full-time (seasonal), On Call, and Part-time options available.

Find the full job description here

SENIOR TRIP LEADER

Senior Trip Leaders lead our large team of guides and their guests safely on Class III and IV rivers, while delivering exceptional levels of guest service. They are responsible for overseeing & leading the training of our Junior & Senior raft guides. Senior Trip Leaders require plenty of initiative and flexibility to deal with any situation, on and off the river. Our wages are industry-competitive, and dependant on experience.

Pre-requisites for Senior Trip Leader position:

  • Professional rafting experience (5+ years) on Class III-IV rivers in paddle rafts.
  • Professional rafting Trip Leader experience (1-2 years)
  • 1-2 years if experience training and instructing newer guides
  • Current Wilderness First Aid Certificate with CPR ‘C’ (min 40hr although 80hr is preferred)
  • Current Swiftwater Rescue Technician certification (preferably through Rescue 3 International)
  • Alberta Class 5 Driver’s License or equivalent license from another province / country may be considered
  • Exceptional customer service skills

Assets:

  • Alberta Class 2 or Class 4 Driver’s License
  • Raft Guide Examiner certification
  • Experience guiding Class IV rivers on oars
  • Enthusiastic, reliable and outgoing person that loves the outdoors

Find the full job description here

DRIVER / TRIP ASSISTANT

Drivers at Chinook do so much more than just drive. You’ll be an integral member of the team with responsibilities as diverse as offering info about the local area to our guests, prepping for the trip, assisting with organization at the base, handing out gear, being a smiling, friendly face for our guests, and much more.  Oh, and safe operation of our fleet of buses and vans of course! Our wages are industry-competitive, and dependant on experience.

Pre-requisites for employment:

  • Alberta Class 2 Driving License with ‘S’ endorsement (or equivalent provincial license)
  • Clean driving record with a commercial driver’s abstract
  • Minimum standard first aid (16hr course) and CPR certification
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or valid Canadian work permit/visa holder

Assets:

  • Wilderness first aid (40hr course)
  • Interest in photography & tour guiding
  • Problem solver
  • Excellent hospitality, public relations and customer service skills
  • Enthusiastic, reliable and outgoing person that loves the outdoors

Find the full job description here

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OFF RIVER ASSISTANT

Off-River Assistants are the first point of contact for our guests, so your excellent customer service skills will be put to good use. You’ll also be responsible for assisting in all aspects of the smooth running of the trip, and for taking top-notch photos of our guests (photography experience is an asset, but full training is provided). Our wages are industry-competitive, and dependant on experience.

Pre-requisites for employment:

  • Alberta Class 5 Driving License (or equivalent license) with a clean driving record
  • Minimum standard first aid (16hr course) and CPR certification
  • Excellent hospitality, public relations and customer service skills
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or valid Canadian work permit/visa holder

Assets:

  • Alberta Class 2 or Class 4 Driving License with a clean driving record
  • Wilderness first aid (40hr course)
  • Interest in photography & simple vehicle maintenance
  • Problem solver
  • Enthusiastic, reliable and outgoing person that loves the outdoors

Find the full job description here

WORK ETHIC

At Chinook Rafting we do expect all of our staff to give 110% effort at all times. We want our guests to receive the very best experience possible, one that they will remember for years to come. You, our valued staff, are essential to that goal. We strive to be approachable and fair throughout the season, and always adhere to the motto Work Hard, Play Harder.

We will expect you to work conscientiously and complete every task to the best of your ability; however, we want you to have fun too! We offer staff parties and gatherings throughout the summer, and you’ll find that you’re never short of an adventurous mate or two for exploring the mountains on your days off.

We also offer ongoing training and personal professional development opportunities, and are always supportive if you are looking to advance and progress within the field of adventure tourism.

We hope that this has sparked your interest. If you are a team player with a positive attitude and are looking for a job in the outdoors this summer then we would love to hear from you.

We’re excited to see you on the river!

Apply Now! Submit your resume and cover letter indicating which position you are applying for to richard@chinookrafting.com. Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.