Originally Posted by Randaddy
Call Dave Costlow at Rocky Mountain Adventures in Fort Collins. He needs guides this year, he needs a kayak instructor, and word has it he wants to send a few of his guides from Fort Collins to Clear Creek (he owns MAD too...) during high water. You could live in Fort Collins, guide and yak the Poudre and still get some of that Clear Creek time....
I'm sure there will be some response to this about working for Dave, but you will get paid, and his company is pretty organized. It's not the best company around, but it's not the worst either....
RMA is a generally a good company, they have good guides, they are customer focused and mostly run a well organized operation. They expect their guides to come in earlier and stay later then any other company I have worked for, and while there, as part of the guides per trip pay, they expect you to do things like: pick up trash/cigarette butts, occasionally pull weeds, sweep or vacuum both the guide/staging areas and the retail areas, take out the trash, clean bathrooms, sell photos, fold t-shirts and basically anything else that needs to be done. This is in addition to the usual guide duties of taking care of life jackets, wet suits, booties, helmets, boats and actually guiding river trips. Many, probably most, raft companies only expect the usual guide duties and either don't require or pay an hourly wage for the first list of tasks.
In contrast Rapid Transit Rafting, also on the Poudre only required the guides to deal with life jackets, helmets, and boats most of the time and paid the same per trip; making their effective hourly wage a lot higher.