Colorado Adventure Center is a well established whitewater rafting company with basecamp offices located in Idaho Springs and Glenwood Springs, Colorado. As wells as being one of the largest whitewater raft outfitters in the state, we are a fast-growing, guide-owned and operated outfitter who takes pride in providing the best whitewater rafting experience possible for our guests . Our passion, offering fun and exciting river rafting and outfitting services, provides many opportunities for fun-loving, hardworking and dedicated people to work in the outdoor industry. The owners, John Cantamessa and Kevin Schneider, began Colorado Adventure Center after combining their individual companies under one umbrella. This union not only expanded the availability of whitewater rafting trips, but gave Colorado Adventure Center over 55 years of whitewater rafting experience.
Despite coming from individual rafting outfitter companies, Kevin and John shared a common vision when they formed Colorado Adventure Center. The emphasis from inception would be 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.
If you are up for the challenge contact us today for whitewater rafting employment. Colorado Adventure Center prides itself on the quality of service they provide each guest as well as the amount of fun and fulfillment in the workplace.
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We are looking for cheerful, intelligent, and outgoing team players who enjoy talking on the phone with people from around the world. Responsibilities include telephone reservations, filing, data entry, responding to email inquiries, inventory control, checking in guests, handling money, and cleaning office space. These positions are available at our Idaho Springs and Glenwood Springs basecamps.
Requirements for position:
Position dates: Job starts in Mid May and goes through Labor Day Weekend.
We are looking for new and experienced office staff to welcome our guests as they check in for their various activities. Responsibilities include handling waivers, money, data entry, inventory control, checking in guests and cleaning the office space. Candidates should understand risk management, be organized, have an eye for detail and enjoy working in a fast-paced and busy environment. These positions are available in both Glenwood Springs and Idaho Springs, CO.
Whitewater rafting employment involves many job types in addition to river guides. We are looking for experienced full-time and part-time drivers for our fleet of buses and vans. Our drivers are required to have excellent safety and driving records as well as be in good health. You must have a current DOT physical, Colorado CDL (commercial driver’s license) and be able to pass a pre-employment and possible random drug screenings. We will need a copy of your driving records. You will need to have a class B license with passenger and air brakes endorsements. Driving of buses does include the use of a trailer. Minimum age 25.
We are always looking for guides with commercial whitewater rafting employment experience. Our experienced guides will be required to run both oar and paddle rafts. You must have accurate and up-to-date guide logs (including training and certification) to be eligible for employment. By Colorado law you will be required to have a minimum of Basic First Aid and CPR, but higher levels of medical skills as well as swift water rescue skills will improve your job prospects and daily pay. We hire only professionals, and we expect the highest level of professionalism from our staff. You will be working for a guide-owned and operated company whose ownership as well as management often gets on the river.
Aside of students and their school schedules, you must be available to work from Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day Weekend to be considered for employment. CAC runs three different rivers, and we expect our more qualified guides to train and be certified on all three rivers. Our more experienced guides must be willing to travel from river to river. Although we are seemingly spread across the state, we have a very close-knit staff and most of our guides return year after year. We are primarily looking for new guides who are interested in more than just one season’s work; this will be taken into consideration during hiring.
Is this your first time seeking whitewater rafting employment? If so, for information on how to become a professional certified Colorado State guide check out the certification program held each year between Mid-April to Mid-May. APPLY NOW!
We are always looking for experienced challenge course and zip line staff. We define experienced staff as those with at least 200 hours of at-height experience, and knowledge of basic rescue and lowering techniques. You should have an accurate and up-to-date portfolio detailing your work history and be able to pass a site specific skills test in place of attending the full new guide training. We require all staff to have a current CPR & First Aid card within 30 days of employment; failure to have any of the aforementioned will affect your job prospects and trip pay. Preference will be given to applicants holing a current ACCT Level II certification and/or CDL license. We hire only professionals, and we expect the highest level of professionalism from our staff. You will be working for a guide-owned and operated company whose ownership as well as management often enjoys working on the courses.
Aside of students and their school schedules, you must be available to work from Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day Weekend to be considered for employment. CAC runs two different courses, and we expect our more qualified guides to train and be capable to assist on both. Although we are seemingly spread across the state, we have a very close-knit staff and most of our guides return year after year. We are primarily looking for new guides who are interested in more than just one season’s work; this will be taken into consideration during hiring. For a more detailed job description please read below (Zip Line Guides – New)
The primary responsibility of this job is to manage the inherent risks of working in the adventure industry. Staff will be trained to properly facilitate and lead guests through the zip line, rock climbing wall, and challenge course elements.
Training offered by the Colorado Adventure Center early May and early June (contact our office for additional trainings & exact dates) Cost for training varies with experience – contact us for details
Select staff may work March through October. All staff must meet the participant requirements (48” tall and between 65-250lbs). During training and work hours closed-toe shoes are required, and staff hired will be required to purchase staff shirts. CPR & First Aid training is available at a minimal cost. Both courses are open 7 days a week in the summer so staff will be required to work weekdays and weekends with varying days off. Anyone who applies should recognize that this is a lifestyle more than a typical job and standard work hours do not apply – fun and adventure is in your job description!
Colorado Adventure Center’s Professional Zip Line Guide Training Program
Receive training on the technical skills to work at height as well as skills in Risk Management, Customer Service, Decision Making and Time Management!
Colorado Adventure Center (CAC) prides itself on providing fun & informative trips on some of Colorado’s most visible zip lines and challenge courses. Located in Both Idaho Springs and Glenwood Springs, CO staff and guests can enjoy tons of adventure activities within easy access of the I-70 corridor. CAC’s qualified training staff has years of experience on courses all over the United States. The goal of our training program is to train and qualify individuals who are interested in exploring the amazing world of aerial adventures. Our training will teach skills, techniques, thought processes, gearing, knot-tying and the safety/rescue techniques needed to become a professional zip line guide. We also cover risk management, customer service, teamwork, decision making, time management, vertical rescues and many more exciting skills!
DATES: The exact dates vary each year – typically there is a training in May & June. Contact our office for more training date specifics. Last year we had a training in April!
Training begins with a ‘participant experience’ where trainees see the course through the guests’ eyes. The majority of training is hands on and at-height. A standard training day includes 3 parts: time at height practicing skills, rescue practice, group discussion/training on the ground or in a conference room. Everyone is expected to spend time acting as a guide as well as a participant… rain, snow, or shine. By the end of training, trainees will have acquired more than 40 hours of training (far more than the industry standard). It’s important to us and it should be to you that your training exceeds the standards of the the industry.
We take training very seriously. It is the foundation of your career with us, and the foundation of our business. Our pledge to you is that your training will be of the highest quality possible.
Training will take approximately 5-8 days, depending on weather and individuals’ ability to learn the necessary skills. 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 program is over. We plan on hiring all of the people that train with us, and if it doesn’t work out with us, we will give you information on other employment opportunities in the area. It is your responsibility to complete training with the ability to follow the safety protocol that keep guides and guests secure and mitigate the risks of being at-height. Failure to do so will result in a non-passing mark in the training.
Colorado Adventure Center also offers a First Aid & CPR class during our training program. Staff are encouraged to obtain these certifications prior to arriving. Typical cost for CPR & First Aid is $50; if you attend the course provided by CAC the fee is in addition to the standard zip line training program cost.
*NOTE: If you pursue CPR/First Aid certification on your own please ensure you obtain the CPR for the professional rescuer certification and standard First Aid.
If you would like to participate in our professional training program, please contact us to apply. Payment (non-refundable) is required to hold your space in the training program. Space for this course is limited to ensure personal instruction. Training cost ranges based on experience up to $350. Your cost will be determined during the interview process.