Jobs with High Desert River Outfitters

We are looking for people who are fun, safety conscious, team oriented, hard working, responsible, personable, and ready for challenges to add to our team. Our company has been growing and is owned by Tributary Whitewater Tours as of 2021.

Tributary holds more unique river permits than any other whitewater rafting outfitter in the Northwest. Operating on rivers in California as raftcalifornia.com and Oregon raftoregon.com, working for us doesn’t mean you will be stuck on the same river trip all summer long.

No other company can offer this many amazing rivers to run and places to stay.

Oregon Operations

In the spring, trips on the on the Wild N Scenic Owyhee River, and in the summer, half day, full day and 3 day wilderness trips on the Deschutes River. These trips, and sometimes Upper Klamath and Lower Klamath Trips are supported by our outpost in Maupin, OR.

California Operations

Our staff are lucky enough to experience trips on the North YubaTruckeeKaweahEast Carson and more!

Our primary location is on the South Fork American River in Lotus, CA and our private campground is one of the best places on the river! We also have an outpost located at the Truckee River RV park for our Truckee River operations, and are expanding our Northern California presence with locations on the Trinity River, as well as a private property/put in location on the Lower Klamath River!

Available Positions for the 2022 Rafting Season

We are currently seeking ideal candidates for the following positions. Applying thru our online form is our preferred method to receive job applications. Click “Apply Now” below to submit (this will take you to raftcalifornia.com). 

Please note you must provide legal documentation that you can work in the United States. We are NOT able to assist with work visas at this time. 

If you do not have prior river guiding experience then please sign up for our River Guide School! First year guides start guiding river trips once they are “checked off” on that run by a senior river guide or manager.

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Experienced River Guides can apply online if the following requirements are met:

  • min. 4 months commercial guiding experience
  • Current CPR & First Aid Certs (if expired up to date will be required before starting)

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Must possess a valid Commercial Drivers License with passenger endorsement at a minimum.

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  • Must possess a valid Commercial Drivers License with passenger endorsement at a minimum
  • Understand and agree to the required Drug/Alcohol tests (paid for by Raft California)

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Assistant to our commissary manager, must have Food Handlers Certification.

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*when applying you will be redirected to raftcalifornia.com

Why work for HDRO?

  • Best gear and equipment in the industry
  • Unique river permits in California & Oregon
  • Advanced digital scheduling, time card, and reservation portal
  • Family owned and operated for 40+ years
  • Variety – one day and multi day excursions
  • Employee retirement plan & company match
  • Employee assistance program (financial, emotional anonymous support)
  • Most competent, mature, and friendly staff
  • Spacious guide living and accommodations
  • Competitive pay and advancement opportunities
  • Advanced Guide Training
  • Cool swag