Originally Posted by ecarlson972
Has anyone ever worked for Wilderness Aware? Are they firm on living in their employee housing as a rookie? Seems like they have the best traing program from the research I have done!
Wilderness Aware sucks. They are super strict. They give drug tests to there guides. They make their rookies live in trailers. They have this bunk ass hiring system where you have to pay to go on an "interview trip" in the spring. Forget those guys. Runners, AVA, AAE, and PT are all great companies.
If you are poor and want the best training in the valley look no further.
It is a month long and your on the river every day getting yelled out for fucking up. But you learn more than you would in a water based college rec. program.
The Catch is WA (wilderness aware) owns you for two years.
You don't haft to pay for training which usually cost $500.
But you haft to live in a trailer park your first year which will cost you $487.17 as of 2007. I lived in my truck my first season a WA because i like solitude after work and wanted to live where i could see the mountains not in a trailer park next to the highway.
I sat down with Joe Greiner the owner and ask him not to charge me for rent as i was not living the trailer park. I told him that i needed the money for college.
"you are a first year guide you haft to live in the trailer park your contract says that"
This is way WA has been making money since the 1980s when Joe bought the company.
Joe is not your friend he is a business man try to run the best raft company in the valley.
He is has a reputation throughout Colorado as a man who expects perfection from his employees and suppliers.
My advise to all looking to raft guide and considering WA go on the interview trip and if you have any seconded thoughts about working for the company apply somewhere else.
DON'T work at a company just because you read on a internet form "work at ..... they are a great company with awesome guides"