Job Opportunities 

Glacier Guides and Montana Raft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without  regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender  identity, age, national origin, or disabling condition.

We are looking for easy-going, energetic, fun loving folks who love the outdoors and like to work hard.

Our season runs from May 1 through October 15, with the busiest times being July and August.  We appreciate employees not taking vacations during this busy time.

PLEASE APPLY ONLY ONCE (per season). Apply for your top pick first, and then let us know via email or your cover letter any other job interests that you have.

When should I apply?  We post most all of our positions beginning in early-January.  This is when we will start the interview process. We will make most hiring decisions by March. 

Returning Employees: Please choose Guide/Returning Employee.  In your cover letter let us know your availability time frame and if you are planning on returning in the same capacity as last summer. 

**Please do not apply for a position you do not really want or are not qualified for just to get your application seen.

By submitting your application, you agree to allow us to correspond with you and to conduct background / reference / credit checks as we deem necessary.

Glacier Guides and Montana Raft

Title: Lead River Operations Manager

Status: Full Time Seasonal, April 15-November 1; or Full Super Seasonal; or Full Time

Year Round, DOE

FLSA: Non-Exempt, Hourly/Day Rate

Wage: DOE, Hourly, Day Rate, Suggested Range $25-$35/hr, Overtime + Incentives

Job Summary:

Managing all river operations - including supporting river managers, river guides,

fishing trips and shuttles, bus drivers, and support staff- for Glacier Guides and

Montana Raft on the Middle Fork and North Fork Flathead River.

The primary goals of the River Manager are:

● To ensure a safe physical environment for guests and employees, with a

constant eye for risk management;

● To foster a supportive work environment for employees, with a constant eye

towards creating an atmosphere of positive morale;

● To manage and schedule the daily and seasonal logistics involved in river

operations, i.e. assistant managers, guides, support staff, bus drivers, trips, and

equipment;

● To maintain, repair, inventory, and order equipment in an organized fashion.

We use Hyside rafts.

● To constantly review reservations and rosters and to maintain guide

schedules in order to communicate reservation availability with the office.

The company’s mission statement is always at the heart of river management:

Glacier Guides and Montana Raft’s mission is to provide exceptional active travel

vacations and experiences in and around Glacier National Park, while preserving and

protecting Glacier’s unique ecosystem using the best available, ecologically-sound


practices.


Job Relationships:

● This position reports directly to the company’s Leadership Team, i.e. owners,

managers, and other key stakeholders.

● This position supervises: river managers, river guides, fishing trips and

shuttles, bus drivers, and support staff.

Job Specifications:

● Education: High school diploma is required.


● Experience: required.

● Passion for the Flathead River System, Glacier National Park, Glacier Guides

and Montana Raft, and the symbiotic relationship between them.

● Understanding of the established Glacier Guides and Montana Raft brand, and

the dedication required to both preserve and to further it.

● Capability for independent work and also to work as part of a team.

● Established or growing leadership skills.

● Enthusiasm for organization, including the ability to prioritize tasks.

● Acceptable information regarding criminal history background. (Post offer –

Pre hire)

● Ability to drive. Must possess a valid driver’s license. Must be able to be added

to the company’s vehicle insurance policy. Preferred: CDL, trailer backing

skills. Training available.

● Maintain a professional and neat appearance.

Job Details:

● Arriving at work every day with a can-do attitude to work with the greater

Glacier Guides and Montana Raft team to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience

for guests, and a safe, enjoyable workplace for employees. Safety first, and

then all of the fun!

● Foster a workplace culture that attracts, retains, and motivates the highest

quality staff. Dedication to employee morale is a key aspect of this position,

including providing River Operations employees with verbal recognition,

direction, “Guide Bucks” and support..

● Ability to work with Hiking, Biking, Equipment Rentals, Lodging, and Kitchen

Departments.

● Assists with updating Risk Management Plan as needed.

● Manage River Operations by being present and active in the Boat House, Life

Jacket Room, bus lane, etc.

● Maintain a clean and organized work space for all.

● Knowledge of knots and boat patching is a plus!

● Pre-season and post-season preparation for River Operations success, i.e.

preparing equipment, schedules, training and hiring.

● Will work closely with Communications Lead and Office Staff to share river

information with staff and the public.

● During season, scheduling River Operations staff and equipment on half day,

full day, and multi-day rafting trips. Will work closely with Reservations

Manager, Logistics Manager, and office staff.

● Will assist in furthering the company’s environmental efforts on a daily basis,

and also in coordinating major company events that are part of this effort,

such as Rafting for Refuse, Pints for Paths, and Gateway to Glacier Trail, US

Highway 2 cleanups.

● At times, coordination with government agencies such as the National Park

Service, the Forest Service, Flathead Sheriff's Department, BNSF, Montana

Fish Wildlife and Parks.


● Ability to plan and implement a budget for River Operations and to report on

the same.

● Ability to guide a raft through class 3 +, 4 , rapids.

Job Benefits:

● 401(k)

● Health Insurance

● Paid time off

● Deals on gear + equipment

● Free entrance into Glacier National Park

Job Schedule:

● During rafting season: day shift, to include some evenings, holidays,

weekends.

● Flexible schedule available during off season.

● Must be willing to raft the whitewater section of the Middle Fork Flathead river

at least once weekly in order to properly lead daily de-briefings, safety talks,

and other aspects of Lead River Manager communications

● Willingness to attend some off-season meetings and trainings, such as the

yearly America Outdoors Conference in December.

Work Location:

● One location, This position is based out of Glacier Guides and Montana Raft’s

main office at 11970 Highway 2 East, West Glacier, Montana.

Work Environment:

● Moderate physical activity required by handling objects up to 20 pounds

frequently and up to 100 pounds occasionally.

● Able to be seated at a desk and computer work station for extended periods

of time daily.

● Ability to stand for hours at a time.

● Ability to walk, tour and inspect properties, river access points, campsites, as

necessary.

● Requires individual to bend, stoop, and stretch repeatedly.

● Ability to work under varying weather conditions, sometimes extreme in

nature.

● Must be able to participate in rafting activities.

● Job will require working weekends, holidays, and evenings during peak

demand times.

● Non-smoking, non-vaping environment.

● Subject to Glacier Guides and Montana Raft’s Alcohol and Controlled

Substance Abuse Policy based on the nature of the position and related

duties.


This job description is to be considered a general outline of the duties and

responsibilities of this position and is subject to changes and revisions by Glacier

Guides and Montana Raft management at any time. Responsibilities are listed as

guidelines only and the job is not necessarily limited to these specifications.

Glacier Guides and Montana Raft Company is an equal opportunity employer.

Mission Statement:  Our mission is to provide exceptional active travel vacations and experiences in and around Glacier National Park while preserving and protecting Glacier's unique ecosystem using ecologically sound practices. We join and support the National Park Service, the United States Forest Service, and the surrounding communities in efforts to preserve and conserve the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.

We offer guided rafting, hiking, fishing, biking and equipment rentals in and around Glacier National Park. Short descriptions of basic Guide position requirements follow. Whether you are interested in guiding rafting, hiking, fishing, or biking, please use this basic description to apply for a Guide position.  

If you are a returning employee: Choose "returning employee."  In cover letter please indicate your availability for the summer and if you are returning in the same capacity as last summer. 

RIVER GUIDE POSITION REQUIREMENTS:  Need to be available from late May through Labor Day

  1. You must be in good physical condition with the ability:
  • to lift 50 lbs on average, and up to 150 lbs occasionally often in awkward positions.
  • work in variable types of weather (sometimes extreme).
  • to walk on rocky, uneven terrain.
  • to maintain a professional level of communication with guests and co-employees at all times especially during stressful situations.
  1. Completion of Glacier Guides River School or management approved equivalent.  This includes but is not limited to basic knowledge of guiding, rigging, knots, river safety, swimming, and rescue.
  2. Certification in Wilderness First Aid, hands on CPR and Swift Water Rescue.   There are opportunities to take these classes for a fee in the spring.
  3. Knowledge of river features, Glacier National Park and Flathead Forest Service policies, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and Flora and fauna of the area.
  4. Have a personable easy going attitude with attention to safety.
  5. Must love working with people in the outdoor environment and have a polite and professional demeanor.
  6. Must have a cell phone and be able to communicate with it on a daily basis.
  7. Per Glacier Guides and Montana Raft Vehicle Insurance standards: must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license and the ability to be added to GGMR’s vehicle insurance policy.
  8. Subject to GGMR’s Alcohol and Controlled Substance Abuse Policy based on the nature of the position and related duties.
  9. Expected to be neat and clean, wear a minimum of one item of GGMR apparel when guiding. 
  10. Non-smoking and non-vaping environment
  11. Job requires working weekends, holidays and extended hours during peak demand times.  
  12. Other aspects of the job include vehicle shuttles, cleaning and maintaining equipment (especially at the end of the season), brochure distribution, food preparation, and social media.

 Preferable: Wilderness First Responder (WFR) (or equivalent) certification, and a valid commercial driver's license. 

Guide duties include (but are not limited to):

Pre-trip:  Review of weather and river conditions; vehicle inspection; packing all food and equipment; loading boats; pre trip plan.

On Trip:  Meeting guests; providing guest orientation; safety talk and route explanation; following USFS and Park Service policies; overseeing general well being of guests; keeping equipment clean; following Leave No Trace protocols; providing first aid when needed.

Post trip: Clean vehicles and equipment; make sure guests equipment is clean / dry / in working order; communicate with office and manager about trip; completion of trip evaluations.

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DAY HIKING / BACKPACK GUIDE POSITION REQUIREMENTS: Need to be available June through mid September

  1. You must be in good physical condition with the ability:
  • to lift and carry 50 lbs often in awkward positions, and up to 80 lbs occasionally long distances.
  • to hike up to 8 miles on average and up to 18 miles per day occasionally.
  • to work in variable weather conditions (sometimes extreme).
  • to hike on rocky uneven terrain, up elevations of up to 3,000 feet in a day.
  • drive for up to 4 hours at a time.
  • to maintain a professional level of communication with guests and co-employees at all times especially during stressful situations.
  1. Completion of Glacier Guides Hiking School or management approved equivalent.  This includes but is not limited to basic knowledge of guiding, cooking, driving, hiking safety, Bear Management Training and rescue.
  2. Certification in Wilderness First Aid and hands on CPR.  There are opportunities to take these classes for a fee in the spring.
  3. Excellent knowledge of Glacier National Park policies, history, trails, flora and fauna.
  4. Must love working with people in the outdoor environment and have a polite and professional demeanor.
  5. Have a personable easy going attitude with attention to safety.
  6. Must have a cell phone and be able to communicate with it on a daily basis.
  7. Per Glacier Guides and Montana Raft Vehicle Insurance standards: must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license and the ability to be added to GGMR’s vehicle insurance policy.
  8. Subject to GGMR’s Alcohol and Controlled Substance Abuse Policy based on the nature of the position and related duties.
  9. Expected to be neat and clean, wear a minimum of one item of GGMR apparel when guiding.
  10. Non-smoking and non-vaping environment
  11. Job requires working weekends, holidays and extended hours during peak demand times.

Preferable - Wilderness First Responder (WFR) (or equivalent) certification, and a commercial driver's license.

Guide duties include (but are not limited to):

Pre-trip:  Route selection; permits; vehicle inspection; packing all food and equipment; preparing guest rental equipment; pre trip plan.

On Trip:  Meeting guests; providing guest orientation; safety talk and route explanation; transportation of guests to and from trailhead; hiking and following Park Service policies; overseeing general well being of guests; cooking; cleaning; following Leave No Trace protocols; providing first aid when needed.

Post trip: Clean vans and equipment; make sure rental equipment is clean / dry / in working order; communicate with office and manager about trip; completion of trip evaluations.

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BIKING GUIDE POSITION- Beginning of May to late June only.  Mainly available for returning employees.  

  1. You must be in good physical condition with the ability:
  • to lift and carry 50 lbs on average, and up to 150 lbs occasionally often in awkward positions.
  • to bike up to 12 miles on average and up to 40 miles per day occasionally.
  • to bike on rocky uneven terrain, up elevations of up to 3,000 feet in a day.
  • bike for up to 6 hours at a time.
  • perform basic maintenance and repair to bikes and e-bikes, and bike carriers/trailers.
  • to work in variable weather conditions (sometimes extreme).
  • drive for up to 4 hours at a time.
  • to maintain a professional level of communication with guests and co-employees at all times especially during stressful situations.
  1. Completion of Glacier Guides Biking School or management approved equivalent.  This includes but is not limited to basic knowledge of guiding, bike maintenance, driving, biking safety, Bear Management Training and rescue.
  2. Certification in Wilderness First Aid and hands on CPR.  There are opportunities to take these classes for a fee in the spring.
  3. Excellent knowledge of Glacier National Park policies, history, trails, flora and fauna.
  4. Must love working with people in the outdoor environment and have a polite and professional demeanor.
  5. Have a personable easy going attitude with attention to safety. 
  6. Must have a cell phone and be able to communicate with it on a daily basis. 
  7. Per Glacier Guides and Montana Raft Vehicle Insurance standards: must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license and the ability to be added to GGMR’s vehicle insurance policy.
  8. Subject to GGMR’s Alcohol and Controlled Substance Abuse Policy based on the nature of the position and related duties.
  9. Expected to be neat and clean, wear a minimum of one item of GGMR apparel when guiding.
  10. Non-smoking and non-vaping environment
  11. Job requires working weekends, holidays and extended hours during peak demand times.

Preferable - Wilderness First Responder (WFR) (or equivalent) certification, and a commercial driver's license.

Guide duties include (but are not limited to):

Pre-trip:  Route selection; permits; vehicle inspection; packing all food and equipment; preparing guest rental equipment; pre trip plan.

On Trip:  Meeting guests; providing guest orientation; safety talk and route explanation; transportation of guests to and from trailhead; biking and following Park Service policies; overseeing general well being of guests; cleaning; following Leave No Trace protocols; providing first aid when needed.

Post trip: Clean vans and equipment; make sure rental equipment is clean / dry / in working order; communicate with office and manager about trip; completion of trip evaluations.

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FLY FISHING GUIDE POSITION  Season is mid to late June through September

Job Summary: 

A fly fishing guide for Glacier Guides and Montana Raft must love fly fishing and sharing your knowledge of it with guests. A guide must enjoy meeting new people and educating them about best catch and release fishing practices.  The guide provides instruction to people who are either new to fly fishing or who want to develop their technique in the sport. You may also teach basic fishing skills to children. The job will include guiding trips to various fishing spots.

Job Relationships:

• Reports to: General Manager, Office Managers, River Managers

• Employees Supervised: None

Job Requirements:

  1. You must be in good physical condition with the ability:
    1. Lift 50 lbs on average, and up to 150 lbs occasionally often in awkward positions.
    2. Work in variable types of weather (sometimes extreme).
    3. Walk on rocky, uneven terrain.
    4. Maintain a professional level of communication with guests and co-employees at all times especially during stressful situations.
    5. Experienced angler 
    6. Compliance with Montana requirements for guide, fishing, trailer and boat operating licenses if applicable.
    7. Must have knowledge of Flathead River system and local area
    8. 5 years of previous fishing guide experience or comparable experience preferred
  2. Completion of Glacier Guides River School or management approved equivalent.  This includes but is not limited to basic knowledge of guiding, rigging, knots, river safety, swimming, and rescue.
  3. Certification in First Aid, hands on CPR and Swift Water Rescue (depending on where guiding).   There are opportunities to take these classes for a fee in the spring.
  4. Knowledge of river features, Glacier National Park and Flathead Forest Service policies, flora and fauna of the area.
  5. Have a personable easy going attitude with attention to safety.
  6. Must love working with people in the outdoor environment and have a polite and professional demeanor.
  7. Must have a cell phone and be able to communicate with it on a daily basis.
  8. Per Glacier Guides and Montana Raft Vehicle Insurance standards: must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license and the ability to be added to GGMR’s vehicle insurance policy.
  9. Subject to GGMR’s Alcohol and Controlled Substance Abuse Policy based on the nature of the position and related duties.
  10. Expected to be neat and clean, wear a minimum of one item of GGMR apparel when guiding. 
  11. Non-smoking and non-vaping environment
  12. Job requires working weekends, holidays and extended hours during peak demand times.  

 Preferable: Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) (or equivalent) certification, and a valid commercial driver's license. 

Guide duties include (but are not limited to):

Pre-trip:  Review of weather and river conditions; vehicle inspection; packing all food and equipment; loading boats or trailer; pre trip plan with office.

On Trip:  Meeting guests; providing guest orientation; safety talk and route explanation; following USFS and Park Service policies; overseeing general well being of guests; keeping equipment clean; following Leave No Trace protocols; providing first aid when needed.

Post trip: Clean vehicles and equipment; make sure guests equipment is clean / dry / in working order; communicate with office and manager about trip; completion of trip evaluations.

 

There are 5 different positions for our Support Staff: 

Front Desk Reservationist, Maintenance, Kitchen Staff, Mini Van/Bus Driver and Housekeeping The Housekeeping position is for our 12 room lodge and 3 bedroom guest house.  

When submitting your application let us know which one you are interested in applying for. 

Benefits for full time work:  End of season bonus pay. Free park pass.  Opportunities to go on any Glacier Guides and Montana Raft trip that has availability.  $110 worth of free logo'd retail.  Pro deals for several outdoor gear companies.  Opportunity to go through guide trainings (if it doesn't interfere with schedule). 

1. Front Desk Reservationist:

Positions for Front Desk run from May to September.   1) Work 10 hour days, 4 days a week.  2) Job involves taking reservations for rafting, hiking, fishing, biking, lodging, equipment rentals, and shuttles. 3) Responsible for selling retail items, photos taken of rafting trips, greeting guests, and working on customer database.  Qualifications: Need to be able to multi-task in fast paced friendly environment, work well with people, love to learn and share information. Must possess an upbeat attitude and contagious smile.

Knowledge of Glacier Park and surrounding area and being computer savvy are highly preferable.

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2. Maintenance/Bike Mechanic:  May through September

This position is a little bit of everything. Position runs from mid-May to mid-September. Here is just a sample of the type of tasks that could be asked of you (but not limited to):

- bike maintenance and repairing bikes

- help load boats

- clean life jackets/ booties/ tents/ sleeping bags

- help in our kitchen

        - recycling tasks

- help with providing shuttles

- mow the lawn

- pick weeds

- clean bathrooms

        - clean vans/busses

- porter on select backpacking trips

No experience is necessary for this position, just a positive and hard working personality.

Valid driver's license preferred. Must be able to take direction well, be self motivated, and follow through with little supervision.  Sense of humor is a plus.

        Must be able to lift 25-50 lbs on a regular basis.

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3. Commercial Kitchen Staff: June through Labor Day. Through September is preferred. 


- Supports rafting, hiking, fishing, and biking trips

- Work with guides on menus and preparations 


- Prepares food for trips (salads, fruit/meat/cheese trays, etc) 

- Stocking and refilling bins 

- Cleaning kitchen 

- Recycling tasks  

All food handlers must make sure their work area and kitchen is clean and following health department policies and standards.
  Knowledge of nutrition, dietary restrictions and sustainable food options are preferred.  Qualifications: Upbeat and flexible attitude, good sense of humor, and likes to cook.   

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4. Glacier Guides Lodge and Glacier Guides Guest House Housekeeping:  May through September.

We have a clean and comfortable 12 room eco-friendly lodge, and a 3 bedroom guest house, located in West Glacier. This position requires an upbeat attitude with an attention to detail. We have full and part time seasonal positions May through mid-October.  Full time shift is 5 days a week from 9 to 2 sometimes 3 PM.  Job duties include room cleaning, laundry and assist with checking in guests.  Minor yard work and general building maintenance.  

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5. Mini Van/Bus Driver: June through August

Schedule: 4-5 days per week.  9:30 until 4-6 (depending on trip schedule).

Required: Clean driving record, must pass physical and drug/alcohol test, backing up and driving with trailers.  Commercial Driving License (CDL) is a huge plus, but if you don't have one we can help you get one.  Must have a friendly, fun and flexible attitude. We will pay for fees associated with tests.  

Responsibilities: Daily inspections and keeping vehicles logs up to date.  Fueling vehicles.  Driving vans, mini busses, or large passenger bus with a trailer of rafts to and from river put ins.  Daily cleaning of vans/busses (interior, exterior, and windows).  Works with vehicle manager, mechanic, and rafting manager to operate safe, timely shuttles.