Jobs & Guide Training

Jobs in the Maine Outdoors – or with the Outdoors at your Fingertips!

Year round and seasonal positions at the center of some of the best outdoor recreation in Maine. Join our core staff of professionals in the office, the restaurant, housekeeping and on the rivers!

Jobs at Northern Outdoors

We are seeking personable, competent, and energetic individuals with strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills to join the Northern Outdoors team at our Resort Center in The Forks, Maine. A neat appearance and outgoing personality is an absolute must. Full time, part time, and seasonal positions available now in the restaurant and the office. See below for specific job opportunities and applications!

  • Turbine Test guide pop
  • Rafting the Kennebec River
  • Guide river side BBQ
  • Whitewater guide training
  • Access to 14,000 miles of Maine’s groomed snowmobiling trails

  • Canoe, kayak, raft, and fish an endless number of lakes and streams.

  • Hike the spectacular Appalachian Trail and Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak.

  • Mountain bike an unlimited number of backwoods roads.

  • Develop great new friendships with folks from all over the world.

  • Staff housing is available in the area.

  • Includes staff discounts at our Kennebec River Pub & Brewery

Current Openings

The Kennebec River Pub and Brewery

Several year-round and seasonal positions are available in our high volume restaurant and brewpub at The Forks Adventure Resort. We are currently hiring for back of house positions and front of house positions for the upcoming season: Line cooks, servers, day bartenders, and dishwashers. Pay is based on position and experience.

Sales & Guest Services

In this department, you will join our small team of Adventure Consultants assisting guests to plan and book their vacation stay at Northern Outdoors (whitewater rafting, snowmobiling, ATV’s, hunting, hiking, relaxation). You will also work in front desk and retail sales functions in a busy and sometimes very fast paced lodge environment. This position is detail oriented with a strong focus on sales and customer service. We require a neat appearance, positive attitude, outgoing personality, team-oriented, flexible schedule (days/nights & weekends), effective communication skills, an ability to multi-task and reliable transportation. Job also involves going up/down stairs, walking, standing (possibly for prolonged periods of time) and being able to lift up to 30 lbs. Previous phone, customer service and computer skills are extremely helpful. Competitive incentive pay and employee discounts are available.

Registered Maine Whitewater Rafting Guide

Northern Outdoors runs a Guide Training Program in early May and late June where you can learn the skills and techniques to navigate three of the top whitewater rivers in the USA.

  • The 2022 dates for the Kennebec River guide training: Sunday, May 22nd – Sunday, May 29th.

  • The 2022 dates for the Penobscot River guide training: End of June 2022, exact dates TBD.

  • Applications should be received no later than April 15th, 2022.

  • The cost of the program is $200 ($280 if you need first aid and CPR certification).

Great summer job for teachers, college students, or anyone looking for a career in the hospitality or adventure tourism industry. Rafting season is May to October. Full and part time opportunities. Must be 21 years of age. For more information read:

Video Kayaker

Must be comfortable and capable in Class IV-V whitewater. This is a great opportunity for someone who loves to paddle! Accompany our daily rafting adventures, shoot raw footage, edit and score. A great personality and an imaginative mind are essential. Technical knowledge of video equipment would help, but we can easily train the right person. Competitive pay is available, depending on experience. 21 or older. Positions run from late April to early October. Combine a season video boating with time on the river guiding, for a great summer on Maine’s whitewater rivers.

Bus Driver

Full and part-time positions available for drivers for our various adventures. Seeking mature, responsible and hard working individuals. Must be 21 and have a clean driving record. Must have a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) with a P or SCHOOL BUS endorsement. Good physical shape is needed as these positions involve some moderately heavy lifting and carrying. Starting pay is $16 / hr. This is a great summer job for a school bus driver!