The Colorado Adventure Center is a well established whitewater rafting and aerial adventure company located in Idaho Springs. We are one of the largest whitewater rafting outfitters in the state and take great pride in providing the best whitewater rafting experiences possible for our guests. Our fabulous aerial adventures include a Zip Line operation and Sky Trek Adventure Park and provide hours of thrills and adventure for thousands of guests each year.

Our emphasis at the Colorado Adventure Center is on providing exceptional customer service, caring about guests, and taking good care of our employees while offering an unforgettable experience. We are very lucky to be operating in Colorado and able to feature the many wonders of this very special place we call home.

We have many opportunities for employment at the Colorado Adventure Center. Consider training as a whitewater raft guide, zip line guide, aerial adventure park guide, or as reservationists and guest service. We encourage cross training and pride ourselves on the quality of service we provide each guest as well as fulfillment in the workplace. Check out our positions below and apply today to join our team of adventurers!

Please send any questions or comments to info@coloradoadventurecenter.com.

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OUR MISSION & VALUES

OUR MISSION: To create authentic outdoor experiences for everyone.

Join our team in Idaho Springs, CO to help us redefine the outdoor guiding industry for a new generation, and work with a team of professionals that serve over 35,000 adventure seekers every summer.

OUR VALUES: Maintaining Safety, Providing Service, Establishing Community, & Showing Love.

    • Safety is the reason for our existence, anyone can seek adventure, to be guided is to seek it safely.
    • Service is our guiding light, to selflessly serve others is how we reward ourselves.
    • Community makes our lives whole, being a part of the bigger picture is our base motivation.
    • Love for our sport is shared openly to help everyone find new outdoor passions.

OUR STANDARDS:
Dedication, Initiative, Communication, Teamwork, Character, Responsiveness, Professionalism, Safety

OUR STAFF


OUR ADVENTURERS SAY
“I was surrounded by people I loved, in a place that I loved, doing what I loved. CAC holds a special place in my heart, and I can’t wait to get back to it.”
Aubrey, Raft Guide

“This past summer was my first season at Colorado Adventure Center as a zip guide, and I absolutely love it! I have the opportunity to meet and interact with people from all over the world and make their time in Colorado memorable, all while getting to zipline alongside some amazing co-guides!”
Jessica, Aerial Guide

“CAC is not just a fun and exciting workplace, it is a family built of amazing, wonderful people and opportunities.”
Kaylee, Raft Guide & Guest Service

“I have worked outside since I was 14 and couldn’t imagine ever working at a desk, my heart was drawn to adventure. My work at the Colorado Adventure Center is so rewarding! I get to run the river, zip through the sky, help others achieve their goals, and I even enjoy working at my desk! Our staff mean the world to me, and I trust them with my life and the lives of others every day.”
Seth, General Manager

WHY WORK WITH US?:

We offer FREE TRAINING for Full-time committing staff. Outdoor Recreation Tourism can offer a rewarding career that should have no financial barriers to start. We desire to make our careers accessible for all, as we desire the outdoors to be. We are a large-scale, experienced and accountable team, with successful business development backgrounds. We have abundant growth opportunities that only we can explore together.

We have FT/Seasonal opportunities with 1-week advance schedules. 40 hours for your full-time commitment is our commitment to you. We cross train in skills and departments to hold our team strong and together in our collective efforts. Our schedule is published one week in advance, even though we are reservation based we are also staffing based.

We offer $15/hour minimum starting wage with bonus and incentive programs. Our careers start now! We do not see a limit to our potential, we are young, still learning and growing, and it is our most valuable asset. We recognize your effort and want to invest in your time. Seeing you back year to year is our greatest joy!

OUR TRAINING PROGRAMS

RAFT TRAINING PROGRAM:

    • Intensive 2-week course with just 2 days off
    • swift water rescue
    • paddle rafting skills
    • Instructor on boat through entire training
    • Led by our GM, Seth, with 20 years of guiding/instruction experience
    • Our CPR/First Aid & Swiftwater Instructors provide medical, rescue requirements for guide positions

TO APPLY:

    • Must be over 18 years of age, be reasonably fit, have full body dexterity, and full range of motion. Must have basic swimming ability without fear of water.
    • Must register and arrange payment to secure seat in class.
    • Provided wetsuit, booties, splash jacket, and personal flotation device (PFD, or lifejacket) during class. Personal gear is recommended and evaluated for approval.
    • After training class, guides can purchase various gear such as a type III (minimum) lifejacket, a knife, whistle, cold weather gear (wetsuit or equivalent), a throw bag, dry bag, and personal cam-straps (purchases may be made through pro deals).
    • Even though we hire most or all of our new guides from the training course, we’d like to emphasize that you are not guaranteed a job after the class is over.

Our 2022 Classes, Date, and Fees

Swift Water Rescue 4 (SR4) – May 4th-6th, 23rd-25th – $225 (FREE w/ Full-Time position commitment)

The Swiftwater Rescue workshop teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress. You will learn:
-personal safety

    • simple, commonly used skills
    • advanced techniques for greater risks
    • strainers
    • rescue vest applications
    • flips, entrapments, and pins
    • prevention
      *This class has availability limited to potential new raft guides looking to work for the summer season.

*This class has availability limited to potential new raft guides looking to work for the summer season.

River Guide Training (RGT) – May 8th-12th – $425 (FREE w/ Full-Time position commitment)

Our Clear Creek River raft guide training classes are offered to individuals that are driven to succeed, attentive and aware, and safety conscious. This class will start to prepare you to guide paddle raft tours on the technical, narrow Clear Creek River. You will learn:

    • to set up and equip for full days on the river
    • to assess risks in the river environment
    • to read and run the river as a team
    • to instruct and direct paddlers
    • to prevent and respond to emergencies
    • to swim and self-rescue in rapids

*This class has availability limited to potential new raft guides looking to work for the summer season.

Instructor Ride-Along’s (IRA) – May 14th-18th – No Cost
The instructor ride-along consists of boat trips mixed with guests, guides, trainees, and instructors. Trip capacity is maximized for Instructor to trainee ratio and meeting all requirements for state of Colorado river guide qualification for all trainees.

Upon successful completion (full attendance is required) of raft training program or approved equivalent, trainees will qualify for hire for the 2022 season. CPR classes available as needed with $50 fee.

AERIAL TRAINING PROGRAM:

    • skills for zipline and aerial adventure park tours
    • risk, emergency management and communication focus
    • led by our GM, Seth, with 20 years of guiding/instruction experience; and by our aerial manager, Evan, with 5 years of guiding/instruction experience
    • Our CPR/First Aid Instructors provide medical, rescue requirements for guide positions

TO APPLY:

    • Must be over 18 years of age, be reasonably fit, and have full hand dexterity and full range of overhead arm motions.
    • Must not have a fear of heights nor be prone to panic attacks or anxiety.
    • Must meet the participant requirements (48” tall and between 65-250lbs).
    • Provided gear and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during class. Personal gear is NOT recommended and must be evaluated for approval.
    • Even though we hire most or all of our new guides from the training course, we’d like to emphasize that you are not guaranteed a job after the class is over.

Our 2022 Classes, Date, and Fees

Aerial Guide Training (AGT) – May 16th-20th, May 30th-June 3rd – $225 (FREE w/ Full-Time position commitment)

Our Idaho Springs aerial guide training classes are offered to individuals that are driven to succeed, attentive and aware, and safety conscious. This class will start to prepare you to guide aerial adventure tours on ziplines and aerial adventure parks. You will learn:

    • to use protective equipment
    • inspect courses
    • perform technical rescues
    • to practice safety at-height
    • to instruct and coach guests at-height

*This class has availability limited to potential new raft guides looking to work for the summer season.

OUR SEASON, TEAMS, & POSITIONS

OUR SEASON:
Aerial & Guest Service: April 15th – October 15th, Peak season June 15th – August 15th
Rafting: May 15th – September 15th, Peak season June 15th – August 15th

Part-time work may be available during peak season, however work-hour priority is given to full time staff. Tour hours are reservation dependent, hours fluctuate through season, impacted by your availability.

Weekend and Holiday availability is required for all positions

OUR TEAMS:
The guest service team creates the framework of the guest experience. The team provides online and phone reservation sales to quality guests for our activity teams to serve. The team is the first and last to interact with our guests on their visit. This team provides for our base needs and ensures the guests are well informed and prepared for their activity. Team training is provided at start of position, or cross training from activity department.

The aerial team creates high flying, smooth landing experiences for our guests seeking adventures up in the air. The team provides step by step movements for guests to speed across zip lines and climb across obstacles. This team ensures at height safety, friendly interactions, and unforgettable experiences.

The rafting team creates family focused, rough river paddling experiences for our guests seeking adventure on the water. The team provides step by step instruction for guests to push their boat across varied sections of the Clear Creek River. This team ensures on-river safety, epic stories, and soaking wet splashes.

OUR POSITIONS:
Colorado Adventure Center staff positions earn $15 per hour minimum up to $23.50 per hour maximum. Bonus structures vary by department and may earn $100-$1,000 per year.

CURRENT SEASONAL – FULL TIME OPENINGS:
CDL Drivers – Start 5/1, Ends 9/15 – $24/hour, Click for full job listing

    • Provides timely transportation of guests, staff, and equipment to and from base.
    • Ensures proper fueling, tire pressure, and fluids of vehicles are performed and documented daily.

Sales & Service Representatives – Start 5/1, Ends 9/15 – starting $15/hour, Click for full job listing

    • Sells adventure tours online and over the phone by informing and guiding guest purchases.
    • Provides on-site check ins for guest arrivals by welcoming, informing, and directing guests to their adventures.

Aerial & Zip Tour Guides – Start 5/1, Ends 10/15 – starting $15/hour, Click for full job listing

    • Provides safe and quality aerial park and zip line tours for guests through constant monitoring, detailed instruction, and appropriate prevention and intervention.
    • Assists team in inspection of courses and equipment, preparation for tours, equipping guests, and documentation of work performed.

Raft Guides & Boathouse Assistants – Start 5/14, Ends 9/15 – starting $15/hour, Click for full job listing

    • Provides safe and quality river tours for guests through constant monitoring, detailed instruction, and appropriate prevention and intervention.
    • Assists boathouse team in inspection and set up of equipment, preparation for tours, shuttle van driving, equipping guests, and documentation of work performed.



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