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Old 01-27-2007   #1
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Now Hiring Raft Guides - summer 2007

We are gearing up for this spring & summer. We are looking for trip leader qualified guides and a head guide. Good pay, good company. Family oriented, upper Colorado & Eagle River permits. We also need a good fishing guide. We will also be hiring first year guides through our guide training school - May 14-24. 970-638-9742

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Old 01-27-2007   #2
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What company and where are you located?

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Old 01-27-2007   #3
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Raft Guides

We are Colorado River Guides - Our boat shed is at State Bridge Landing, right on the Colorado River at Highway 131, between Vail & Steamboat Springs.
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Old 02-07-2007   #4
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CRG not your style, check out we hire about 50-60% of our guide school, and gosh darnit, we are fun people! ohh and we make some of the best wages in the state, and possibly the country!
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Old 02-07-2007   #5
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stealing someone's post..... that's low.....

maybe you should do a bidding war for TL qualified guides!

Turner will work for $65 a day I hear...

what do you pay for a raft guide/fishing guide with an MS in fisheries and can tie flies on the raft?
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Old 02-07-2007   #6
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Better be some damn fine customers ALL the time, beer supplied by rookies every day, and the season has to last at least six months for me to work for $65 a day.....probably some other requirements I can't think of right now.
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Old 02-08-2007   #7
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Regarding the solicitations for jobs, I would recommend that any prospective employees do some research.

Check out the owner. Sometimes they are a little out of whack to put it mildly. If an owner has a poor reputation with his/her peers or subordinates, beware. And there's more...

Unfortunately it is quite common for raft companies to require their prospective employees to pay for training without guaranteeing employment upon successful completion of the training course.

When a company says they hire a certain percentage of trainees, it often means they steal a percentage of prospective rookie's money. I do not know if anybody posting any information on this thread requires prepaid training nor do I know their hiring practices, but any raft company that requires money for training without insuring employment is disreputable and their “training practices,” boarder on thievery. Use your head, and don’t let unscrupulous outfitters take advantage of you.

I’ve seen too many young people spend $200-$400 for two weeks of “river training,” for a job at the local fast food joint. But even if a company promises you job, that doesn’t’ grantee a blissful summer.

Some raft companies aren’t hiring new employees this spring because last year’s employees are returning. Others are hiring a disproportionate amount of first-year guides. The difference between the two is a conspicuous indicator of a company’s regard. Being on the river is only part of your experience. Your owner, your outfitter and his/her attitude will either make or break your love of the job. Pick wisely young grasshopper for your future depends on it.

Oh yeah, if you want fun and excitement, guiding rafts is for you. If you want money, go work at McDonalds.
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Old 02-08-2007   #8
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Good grief, you are a tough bunch!

We pay more than $65/day, even for first year guides. We did training last year and one other year in the past for no charge. The first year we did that, about 6 years ago, not one of the 10 people we trained wanted a job. I'd enjoy free rafting for 10 days myself ... so we started charging! Last year, another free training, we were able to hire 2 new guides who will be returning this year. One of the guides we trained last year actually wanted to work for another company, he was very up front about it & was the only trainee that paid.
We are looking for trip leader qualified guides, and plain old qualified guides and would love to talk to anyone with experience, no training or money required. We will want to go boating with you though.
Two of our top guides (both have worked for us for 4 or more years) will not be returning. One is moving, one got a full time year round job, both are married and one of them is growing up.
If you are a Lakota trainee that doesn't get hired, please give us a call, we'd love to talk to you.
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Old 02-08-2007   #9
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sorry to poach yout thred CRG, we also charge for training for the simple fact that a lot of people want to go through the training for guiding thier own boats. The training does cost the company money to put on, do do supply some food, and a great overnight ender as well. We are working on an incentive for coming back a second year to reimburse the cost of the training. WE are also going through the phase of people moving on to the real world, so we must hire. great comments though, keep em' coming!
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Old 02-08-2007   #10
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What's the latest guide training that anyone knows of? I've got a nephew that's graduating from HS in late May and who's interested raft guiding so he'll need a training course. He's already a solid Class III paddler, knows how to read water, and has a lot of the skills he'll need for guiding (great social skills, witty, etc.).



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