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Employment at Kern River Outfitters

Employment openings

  • River guide
  • Safety cat boater
  • Whitewater photographer
  • Commercial driver

Position: River Guide


Our guides are fun, intellectual, and family friendly. They work hard, are safety oriented, and love big adventures. If those last two sentences describe who you are, then we would love to hear from you.

If you are an experienced river guide, then please send us an email with your resume, and river log. Please also include a list of prior outfitters and their contact information.

If you are looking to become a guide, then please send us an email with your resume and a short paragraph on why you think you would make a great guide. Once interviewed, we will have you attend our Whitewater School. The cost of our Whitewater School is $500 / person and covers a week of on-water training. *Meals and a place to stay are included in that rate*

Why guide for Kern River Outfitters?

  • We have competitive pay.
  • We offer highly subsidized guide housing.

  • We have plenty of work available.
  • Our company culture rocks. We’re fun, intelligent, safe, adventurers.
  • With solid class III, IV and V whitewater, your whitewater skills will grow and stay sharp.
  • We have the longest whitewater season in Southern California, with some years extending to Labor Day.
  • We want you to have the best skill sets: Pay bonuses for WFR, EMT and higher certifications.

Position: Safety Cat Boater


Provide an additional layer of safety on our trips by tagging along some of our commercial trips in our 14 foot safety cat raft.

Applicant must be an expert oarsman. Current SWR preferred, but not required. Minimum five year guide experience. This is the perfect job for those guides that have moved on from guiding but would still like to be involved as needed.

How to apply: Email Matt Adkisson at madkisson@kernrafting.com

Position: Wilderness Photographer


Shoot photos of our Forks of the Kern wilderness, Class-V rafting trips.

These are remote and wild rafting trips. Outings are two to three days length. Your job is to capture the rapids, camp life, and anything else that makes the trip special. You should have your own gear for this position, be comfortable in whitewater, and be digitally organized.

How to apply: Email Matt Volpert at matt@kernrafting.com

Position: Bus Driver


Class A or B licensed required with passenger endorsement. Our buses are stick. Airbrake endorsement is NOT required.

How to apply: Please call 760-376-3370 or email office@kernrafting.com