Thanks for your interest in guiding for Ouzel. We are always excited about the many talented people who want to join our team! Please take a moment to review these employment pages to see if we'd be a good fit for you; if so, take a moment to formally apply and send us an application. We offer the fullest consideration to applicants with current WFA & CPR certifications.
Ouzel Outfitters is a small company based in Bend, OR that has offered the highest quality in whitewater adventures since 1979. To work for Ouzel Outfitters is to work for a fast-paced, growing company that employs some of the most well trained, professional and experienced guides in the Northwest. Ouzel guides and office staff are dedicated individuals working as a team to provide the safest and most enjoyable rafting experiences available. Whether cleaning gear at the warehouse or managing a wilderness crew, it is essential that each of our employees have an understanding of what “customer service” means, embrace concepts of teamwork and demonstrate a strong work ethic. Every one of our employees plays a crucial role in “making it happen”.
Ouzel Outfitters runs both day and multi-day trips on the following rivers in Oregon and Idaho. Please follow the links for more details about our trips.
McKenzie: ½ & 1 day trips between Paradise and Helfrich
Deschutes: 1 day trips in Maupin; 2-4 day trips between Warm Springs and Maupin or Mack’s Canyon and Heritage Landing
North Umpqua: 1 & 2 day trips between Boulder Flat & Susan Creek.
Rogue River: 3 to 5 day trips between Galice and Foster Bar.
Lower Salmon River (Idaho): 4 & 5-day trips between Whitebird & Heller’s Bar
Owyhee River: 5-day trips between Rome & Leslie Gulch
John Day River: 3 to 5 day trips between Service Creek and Cottonwood Bridge
About Ouzel Guides
With a wide variety of rivers and trips including many custom charters, it is essential for Ouzel guides to be flexible and accommodating. It is vital that each of our guides be capable of providing support to junior guides or peers in leadership roles and to appreciate the importance of responsibility when placed in leadership positions. We depend on our guides to be responsible and professional at all times. Previous experience is a plus, but not necessary. We are more interested in people who possess excellent customer service skills, have an exceptional work ethic, and are humble and committed to being a team player.
We know that our guides are our biggest asset and are the ones responsible for delivering our guests the high quality river trips that they have come to expect. Our four guiding principles at Ouzel are safety, customer service, trip quality and efficiency. We pride ourselves on our safety record and know that training and teamwork are the keys to delivering a safe river trip. We expect our guides to uphold the highest safety standards above all else. Customer service is what we are famous for; our guides love people and treat our guests with respect, always doing their best to fulfill our guest’s requests and to make them comfortable in what can sometimes be a strange environment. Our guides are also constantly looking for ways to make our trips better than they already are. While it is hard to improve on our trips, no one knows better than the guides what can be accomplished and we rely on them to always be looking for ways to make our guests experiences even better. If you are a person with the above characteristics, have a positive attitude, are interested in a job that you can come back to again and again, then you are the kind of guide we are looking for. Click HERE to meet some of our guides.
River Guide Jobs
While river guide jobs at Ouzel Outfitters are often limited, we do accept a small number of new and experienced guides each year. We receive applications from all types of people: experienced guides, retirees, high school and college summer job seekers, and part-timers who just want a fun second job. There is a place in our company for every type of guide. We select potential guides on the basis of their people skills and personalities. Our dedication to a high level of customer service requires that our guides be personable and professional in all aspects of the job. River skill and safety consciousness are no less important and are evaluated (or trained) once professional and customer service potential is identified in an applicant.
Ouzel Outfitters offers knows that no matter how a guide is committed to being an outdoor professional, they still have to pay the bills. Our pay scale reflects our commitment to employing and retaining the best guides in the business and paying them what they deserve. Besides paying our guides well, we also offer a range of benefits to our staff.
- Free or low-priced trips for friends and family
- Numerous training opportunities on many different rivers
- Bonus program for annual training
- Access to pro-deals for gear
Ouzel Outfitters is committed to providing its employees with a safe and healthy work environment. We respect our guides and appreciate their varied skills and strengths and strive to support them in their other endeavors, whether that be travel in the off-season, educational endeavors, or a family life outside of guiding. Our hope is that by creating a positive and supportive company culture, paying them well, and accentuating the best of the guiding lifestyle, that we will build a staff that returns to work for us year after year.
Our season and needs
While our season starts in late April and can extend into late September, new and less senior guides will typically work from mid June until late August. Though we do not typically have many openings from year to year, we try our hardest not to accept more potential guides into the training process than we have work for. Again, how much work you will get between June and August depends on how motivated and available you are.
If you are interested in becoming a guide for Ouzel Outfitters, please follow the links below to learn more about the job opportunities that we offer.
Experienced Applicants Required Equipment
Inexperienced Applicants How to Apply
Guide Job Description PDF Application
Pay Overview Fillable Application
2017 Training Schedule Hiring & Scheduling Practices
For further questions and/or information or if you are unsure if guiding is for you, contact John Halushka (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Brian Sykes (email@example.com). We would be happy to talk to you about guiding in general or specific opportunities at Ouzel Outfitters.