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FLOW River Guide

Fort Lewis College
Durango, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 3, 2023

Position Summary:

Fort Lewis College/ Fort Lewis on the Water (FLOW) invites applicants to apply for multiple River Guides for the 2024 rafting season. The FLOW Raft Guide primary responsibility is to ensure guest safety and comfort on FLOW river programs while guiding rafts, in camp, and during travel.

Job Description:

Major Responsibilities
  • Guiding gear and customer rafts through class III whitewater
  • Camp set-up, cooking and guest entertainment during programs
  • Demonstrate quick and efficient decision making in high risk situations
  • Loading rafts and equipment on and off of trucks and trailers
Minimum Qualifications
  • Ability to attend FLOW Guide school during May 2024
  • Ability to obtain wilderness medical and swiftwater rescue certifications
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Be able to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Comfortable in moving water
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in a river guiding operation
  • Current wilderness medicine certification
  • Current swiftwater rescue certification
  • Current licensed guide in Colorado or Utah
  • Current driver’s license
Salary $15/hour or $150 per day for multi-day trips

Application Process
A complete application packet includes:

  • Cover letter addressing interest for this position in your cover letter p lease include details on why you are passionate about our mission of:
MISSION: At Fort Lewis College, students are at the center, where we create inclusive, experiential learning environments that foster innovation, growth, and community engagement. Fort Lewis On the Water (FLOW) seeks to take advantage of its unique location by providing academic, co-curricular, and alumni river experiences that can only be found in the Four Corners Region. The focus of the program is to engage the FLC community in the outdoor classroom of the region’s public lands and waterways. In doing so, participants in such programs will learn river and land conservation and stewardship, develop an appreciation for the environment and honor the rich cultural heritage of the region. These experiences have the ability to make profound and positive impacts upon all who venture down the river.
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references
Application materials received by April 1, 2024 , will receive full consideration.

About Fort Lewis College:

On a sage-brushed mesa overlooking downtown Durango and the La Plata Mountains, Fort Lewis College is Southwest Colorado’s premier public undergraduate research institution. With more than half of the 3,300 students identifying as people of color, FLC’s academic programming and campus life thrive on nurturing safe, diverse spaces for intellectual exploration and helping people achieve their career goals. A Native American-serving, Non-Tribal Institution, FLC is committed to promoting economic development in neighboring tribal communities and connecting students with the education they need to be the change in the world they want to see. Degree programs span the arts, business, education, health sciences, humanities, and social and natural sciences. Coursework builds on the natural, cultural, and historical resources found around the Four Corners region. Students work closely with faculty on research projects with real-world implications. Like the mountain town it resides in, FLC promotes a culture of work-life balance for students, faculty, and staff. Skyhawks enjoy unparalleled access to a healthy outdoor lifestyle thanks to 300 days of sunshine a year and more than 300 miles of hiking and biking trails in and around Durango

Notice to Prospective Employees:
The Fort Lewis College is required by the Clery Act of 1990 to notify prospective employees, current employees, students and applicants where to access our Campus Security Report. The report is updated and published annually in accordance with the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, Federal Student Right-to-Know, the Federal Drug-free Schools and Campuses Act of 1989. This report contains information about:
  • Fort Lewis College's alcohol and other drug policy
  • Sexual assault policy
  • Campus security policies
  • Campus/community resources
  • The Colorado Riot Offense Statute restriction on enrollment
  • Where to find registered sex offender information
  • Crime statistics for the previous three calendar years
  • Reporting crimes
The Campus Security Report can be accessed in two ways:
By going to the internet website at: Fort Lewis College Student Affairs Office will also provide a paper copy of the annual security report upon request. You can reach them at (970) 247-7331.

Equal Opportunity
Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See

Discrimination Questions?

Office of Compliance and Community Standards
David Pirrone, Director of Compliance
192 Education Business Hall
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-7182

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?
Office of the Title IX Coordinator
Kate Suazo, Assistant Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator
230 Skyhawk Station
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-6729

Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request.

* Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.

ADAA Accommodations
Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

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