Employment Information

Each year we invite a wide variety of seasonal staff to join our team of returning members.  Most of our positions are entry level, and do not require any previous experience.  Please read below about the positions available, and keep in mind that if invited to join our team we will do our best to find the best fit for you.  Often times during training or the first couple weeks of work, new team members find their strengths are better suited for a different role than initially thought.  Many of our team members guide multiple activities, work in the office, or drive our shuttles as well.

At the bottom of this page, you will find the application. Please let us know which position(s) you are interested in, and tell us a little about yourself.



Job Descriptions, Qualifications, and Training


River Guide School

Our guides have the largest impact on our guests’ experience. While being a river guide is both fun and rewarding, it is also both physically and mentally demanding.

We conduct, once a year, a two-week training course which is required for non-licensed raft guides in order to work as a commercial raft guide in Colorado. Guide School for 2022 will be held May 16 thru May 27 with weekends off. The cost is $350 for the course. We also require all our guides to have their current Swiftwater Rescue Training which is included in our guide school but for experienced guides its $150. We offer all new employees a FREE First Aid & CPR Course but we do encourage guides to attain a higher level of medical training which only increases your base pay. Participation in our guide school does not guarantee a guide position with Lakota, but you will finish the course meeting the Colorado State Standards, which will prepare you to work anywhere in the State and is transferable to most other States. For more information about becoming a raft guide for Lakota, please fill out our application and then we’ll set up a phone or in-person interview to ensure that this is the right fit for you.

The training is a state certification which is yours to keep and take with you. Colorado has very high standards and the certification can easily be transferred to most other states.  If you are already a certified river guide in Colorado, this course would not be necessary, but you would still need to “Check Out” on each section of the river and provide river and training logs.

Guides are eligible to work on The Colorado, Eagle and Arkansas Rivers after meeting adequate river training for each river and sections.

Once training is complete, you will also be required to have a PFD (lifejacket), helmet, whistle, and river knife.  By this time you will have access to pro-deals, which will allow you to purchase these items at a significant discount.

  • Safety awareness is essential
  • Capacity to work outdoors in all types of weather
  • Outgoing personality, friendly, and able to assist all types of guests
  • Ability to work well under pressure and think quickly in emergencies
  • Must have First Aid and CPR (courses are available)

**If you are an experienced guide from another state, click here, for a form that can be used to transfer your training to Colorado.



Our photographers capture the memories of what often becomes the highlight of many of our guests vacations. As a photographer you’ll often be working on your own following our rafting trips along the way. Capturing family portraits at the put-in or high action whitewater shots as they paddle their way down through the rapids. This position should be considered as an intermediate level position averaging an 8 hour work day (part-time or full time). Pay is hourly (DOE) and expenses are reimbursable.

We have cameras available but if you prefer to use your own equipment that you are comfortable with we understand.

  • Must have experience operating DSLR cameras in a variety of settings (sunny, cloudy, action, portrait etc.)
  • Must have own car and valid drivers license (mileage is reimbursable)
  • Knowledge of basic editing software, will train but experience is a plus

Safety Kayaker

Those seeking to become a safety kayaker must be comfortable and confident in paddling Class IV and V rapids. During the summer months we always add safety to our higher class trips such as Dowd Chute (Eagle), Pine Creek and Numbers (Arkansas) and late season Gore (Colorado). During Spring runoff we often will add safety especially on single boat trips on the Middle (Eagle) and Browns Canyon (Arkansas). Safety Kayakers are also expected to lead IK (Duckie) trips on Class II sections which requires basic kayak instruction abilities.

  • Minimum of 3 years experience
  • Capable of catching eddies in Class V rapids
  • Safety awareness is essential
  • Outgoing personality, friendly, and able to assist all types of guests
  • Ability to work well under pressure and think quickly in emergencies
  • Must have First Aid and CPR (courses are available)

CDL Driver

Our drivers shuttle our guests, guides, and equipment too and from the river.  Our vehicles include both vans and buses, both often times pulling trailers. Our drivers also maintain the vehicles in a neat and clean manner.  To operate our buses, a CDL with passenger endorsement is required, but air-brakes are typically not needed.

CDL training may be available, please inquire if you do not already hold a valid CDL.

  • DOT regulations require a physical exam & drug testing of all qualified applicants
  • Outgoing personality, friendly, and enjoy talking with all types of guests

Office Staff

Our office staff are the first people with whom our guests speak with, either over the phone or in person, and are key to our guests having a great experience from the beginning.  A positive attitude is a must! This is a fun and often fast-paced job requiring someone who is detail-oriented and works well under pressure. This is a seasonal position starting in late May and going into early September.

  • A genuine smile, outgoing and friendly personality with good communications skills
  • Fielding general information calls and inquiries, guiding the guests in their activity choices
  • Selling of all our activities
  • Management of online reservations and emails
  • Must maintain a professional manner and work well under pressure, remain calm, enthusiastic, and be flexible
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented, and possess good communication skills.
  • Use computers to check availability and record reservations accurately
  • Possible post office runs, bank runs, and other errands as needed


Please let us know which position(s) you are interested in, and a little about yourself.


Quick Facts / FAQ’s

Our Season

Our season runs from May through September, with the busy season between early June and early September, peaking around 4th of July week.  We offer flexible starting dates between April and June, and most staff finish up in September.  Many of our employees are students, teachers and ski area employees who work with us during the summer months.

Due to the nature of seasonal employment, it is difficult to guarantee full-time work to anyone, especially in the early and later parts of our season.


Our positions require professionalism and commitment, but offer fun and recreation. Working with people with similar interests, lifetime friendships are usually formed! This is a valuable work experience opportunity with a team that becomes a tight knit group of friends, and who often hang out and go on adventures in the evening or on days off.

Some of our benefits include:

  • Complimentary trips for immediate family members, based on availability
  • Opportunities for pro-purchases on outdoor equipment and clothing
  • Free CPR and First Aid Training
  • CDL (bus-driving) training for qualified individuals

Personal Appearance

A professional appearance is an essential ingredient to our success.  We rely on your good judgement, as a basic condition of employment, that you will keep your appearance in line with company standards. Your conduct on the job, after hours, and in the community is a reflection of you and our company. Please plan to respect yourself, your peers, and our company.

Pet Policy

In consideration of and safety for our guests, employees, and your pets, pets are NOT allowed to come to work.

Documents Needed

Upon arrival for employment, be prepared to produce valid identification and one of the following documents to complete the employment process: Passport, U.S. Social Security Card, Birth Certificate.

Non U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. work permit.