Carolina Outfitters Employment

Nantahala River Employment Opportunity

Carolina Outfitters Rafting offers employment opportunities on the Nantahala River in Western North Carolina. We hire whitewater rafting guides, bus drivers, desk managers, cashiers, photographers, and telephone reservation personnel. We want to hire competent, well adjusted individuals who are excellent in dealing with people, and who will enjoy working in the outdoor recreation industry.

Our season begins in March and ends the end of October when the weather gets too cold for whitewater rafting on the Nantahala. Our busiest season, and the time of year that we employ most of our personnel, is June July and August. This time period works out great for college students who want to do river raft guiding for the summer, teachers who want to guide or want to work in retailing or desk management, and for school bus drivers (CDL license required) who want to drive raft buses while school is out for the summer. We will work with you on your college/school schedule. We have both full time and part time work.

You may send us your info on the EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION. Our wage levels are competitive. Email us if you need further information. US Forest Service regulations require that Nantahala River guides be at least 18 years of age. All guides must have Red Cross First Aid and CPR, as well as the additional guide training that is available to you through Carolina Outfitters. Check our website NANTAHALA RIVER PHOTOS to see rafters having fun "shooting the rapids" at Nantahala Falls, a class 3 rapid, on the Nantahala River!

Nantahala River Guide School

Bottom-Hole-Excitement.jpgCarolina Outfitters Guide School is a 5 day course in basic whitewater rafting skills taught on the Nantahala River. The course is a fast paced training program that will give you the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to work as a professional river guide. The class will cover the following:

  • The understanding of reading whitewater and lines on the river
  • The paddling strokes needed to maneuver rafts down a river
  • How and why you should use river signals and river ethics
  • Proper use of equipment of a rafting company
  • How to run a guide trip format
  • How to communicate with and use your crew
  • Basic river rescue, aggressive swimming, rope throwing, & how to keep your crew in the raft
  • The daily operations of a rafting company
  • Basic risk management

2016 Schedule: June 5-10


On Sunday, June 5, the group will meet for dinner. Training each day will start at 8:00 AM with classroom instruction, followed by on-water training, lunch, and more on water time. There will be a break for dinner, and then more classroom training on multiple nights, so be prepared for long days. Friday will include a classroom video presentation & related discussion. The guide training school will end with lunch on Friday.

Although we do not guarantee employment upon completion of guide school training, if you have completed the training successfully, you have an excellent opportunity to be hired with our company.

The cost of Carolina Outfitters Guide School on the Nantahala River in 2016 is $200.00 per person. Participants who have applied for employment as a river guide on the Nantahala with Carolina Outfitters are given first priority for the spaces available in the guide training school.  Reserve early to secure your space.

Please call us at 1-828-488-6345 for more information or registration, or you may REGISTER ONLINE.