Each spring we train as many as twenty to twenty-five guide trainees. The vast majority of these students go on to become successfully licensed Maine Guides, employed by our company. Besides being the ticket to a great career, guide training is an incredibly fun and rewarding experience toward a time honored profession!
We anticipate having several full-time seasonal and part-time seasonal openings for 2017. Full time employees typically start soon after training and work thru Labor Day weekend and beyond. Part-time work can consist of weekday and/or weekend employment and is very flexible during the months of May through October. Entry level guides will earn about $75 per day to start. Satisfied guests often including a gratuity. There are many jobs available in other departments to supplement income as well. Our rafting season runs from May to October.
Northern Outdoors Guide School. Our guests deserve and demand the very best, professional and fun adventure excursions. Every Northern guide knows the importance and the challenge of providing that best experience. This commitment to the guest often requires more than your typical eight hour day. While work ethic is important, Northern Outdoors is in the service industry, nothing is more important than how we make our guests feel. We are very selective in the personality and outlook of the guides we hire.
Our guides come from all walks of life. Some of them are transplants from other locations that wish to continue guiding while others are teachers, professionals, grad students and firefighters. The most important factor is that you are passionate about the water and love to help and teach others. Safety is our number one priority and as a guide you’ve always got to be aware of your surroundings and your guests! If this sounds like you please read through the information below and complete the online application at the bottom of the page.
Whitewater Guide School is a 7 day training on the Kennebec River which runs in May and will cover necessary information for a Level I whitewater license (required for both part-time and full-time guides). The training class will also spend 6 days, at a later date on the Penobscot River, for a Level II license (required for full-time guides and is part-time guide optional). At the end of the training program in May, you will have the knowledge to apply for a Maine State Whitewater Guide’s license ($100 app fee) and an opportunity to test for it soon after ($89 license fee, good for 3 years). Northern Outdoors makes no guarantee of licensing, although most participants should pass. We also cannot guarantee employment, although most guides will be offered a substantial number of work days, often working as much as they desire, during the peak season.
The May 2017 Kennebec training (for a Level I license) will start at 6:30 PM on Sunday, May 21st and end the evening of Sunday, May 28th. The Penobscot training (for a Level II license) will begin at 11:00 AM on Sunday, June 18th and end late afternoon Friday, June 23rd. Daylight hours will be spent on the river and evenings will involve review. Since we try to run the rivers as often as possible during the course of the program, all participants should expect and be prepared for very fast moving and rigorous days.
All applicants for a Maine State Whitewater Guide’s License must have a minimum certification of Basic First Aid and Adult CPR. We can offer a class if necessary during the training week, however we highly recommend that you get your certifications prior to the guide training by attending classes at your local Red Cross or equivalent in your area. (Online courses are not accepted)
Northern Outdoors, is the pioneer of the entire rafting industry and is the largest whitewater outfitter in the northeast. The staff who run our school have more commercial runs on all of Maine’s big rivers than any other outfitter, hands down. As the outfitters who started it all, we have experience and the knowledge to train you best!
Our raft inventory is extensive enough to enable us to put students down the river over and over again on the same day. This allows each student to get more experience in a few days than you could get in a week with only a few rafts. It is not unusual for a trainee to run the Kennebec Gorge or the Cribwork rapids ten times in a day. We take a great deal of pride in our professional ability and spare no expense in our effort to train you. We supply all equipment and aids; you need only bring yourself, a ‘can do’ attitude, and a desire to be part of a winning team!
The fee for the 2017 Guide School is $200 ($260 if you need first aid/ cpr). The cost of the program includes the use of all necessary equipment, use of a wetsuit, all necessary books and handouts, and instruction by professional guides with years of training experience. Cabin tent housing, as well as a bag lunch is provided throughout the training program. No other meals are provided. There is a restaurant at our base and you will receive a 25% discount, or you may cook on outside fires at your tent site.
If you are interested in applying for a position in the training program, please fill out the online application completely and return, along with your resume. Allow us a couple of days to receive your application, then call or email [email protected] to arrange an interview. The number of participants in the program is limited and no applicants are accepted without an interview.
The deadline for receiving applications for both training classes is May 1st, 2016. The interview deadline is May 7th, 2016. If accepted into the program, a $100 deposit is required within 7 days. The rest of the balance is due upon arrival. Once the program has been filled, no further applications will be accepted. Northern Outdoors reserves the right to accept or reject any applications.
Every applicant should realize that they will be pushed to the limit, and that training will be done under conditions that greatly exceed actual guiding practices. While the course is very demanding and exhausting, it is also very exciting and incredibly fun! You will remember the experience, and the people who took part in it with you, for many years to come!