The rat race ain’t so bad when you’re a river rat yourself. Whether you’re looking to steer a raft, canoe, or sales strategy—there’s never been a better time to dive into your next watersports adventure. From Arizona to British Columbia, we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting opportunities in the paddling industry right now, to give you a head start on landing your dream job.

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Operations Manager at Liquid Lifestyles Rafting in Clearwater, BC (Canada).

Compensation: Unknown
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Rotomolding at Jackson Kayak in Sparta, TN (USA)

Compensation: Unknown
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Paddling Film Festival Sales & Marketing Specialist at Paddling Magazine in Revelstoke, BC or Palmer Rapids, ON (Canada).

Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits package
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Canoe Builder at Hellman Canoes and Kayaks in Nelson, BC (Canada)

Compensation: Unknown
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Sales & Marketing Specialist at Paddling Magazine in Revelstoke, British Columbia or Palmer Rapids, ON (Canada).

Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits package
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North Island Kayak Guide Captain at North Island Kayak in Vancouver Island, BC (Canada)

Compensation: Competitive pay, subsidized accommodation
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Outdoor Instructors for Women’s Intro to Paddle Classes at REI in Scottsdale, AZ (USA)

Compensation: Unknown
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Production Manager at Nova Craft Canoe & London’s Paddle Shop in London, ON (Canada)

Compensation: Comprehensive benefits, competitive salary
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Whitewater Kayak & Canoe Instructor at Nantahala Outdoor Centre Chattahoochee Outpost – Powers Island in Bryson City, NC (USA)

Compensation: Unknown
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Canoe Guide at Voyageur Quest in Algonquin Park, ON (Canada)

Compensation: From $175 CAD to $250 CAD per day (as per ESA and commensurate with certifications and experience) plus tips
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Kayak Guide and Instructor at 1000 Islands Kayaking in Gananoque, ON (Canada)

Compensation: Competitive wages
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Leadership Canoe Tripping Staff at Ontario Camp Association (Camp Ooch & Camp Trillium) Algonquin Park or Massasauga Provincial Park, ON (Canada)

Compensation: $600 CAD per trip, $400 CAD per training weekend.
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Stand Up Paddle Board Builder at Little Bay Boards in Petoskey, MI (USA)

Compensation: Starting pay $13.50 USD/hr. All new hires undergo a 90-day training/probationary period that concludes with a detailed performance review. Those who meet or exceed the performance review standards will receive a raise.
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River Program Operations Manager at Environmental Traveling Companions in San Francisco, CA (USA)

Compensation: Competitive monthly salary, depends on experience. Tent platform living space and partial board
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Gear Editor/Writer at Paddling Magazine in Revelstoke, BC or Palmer Rapids, ON (Canada).

Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits package
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Whitewater Kayak Instructor/Coach at Alberta Whitewater Association in Calgary, AB (Canada)

Compensation: $18.00 – $22.00 CAD/hr depending on experience and qualifications
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Digital Media – Photo/ Video Kayaker at Wilderness Tours in Foresters Falls, ON (Canada)

Compensation: Rate commensurate with experience.
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Ocean Guide (Canoe, Kayak, SUP, Surf) at Hawaiian Paddle Sports in Kihei, HI (USA)

Compensation: Unknown
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SEO Manager at GloboSurf in Los Angeles (USA)

Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits
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Oregon Regional Manager (Trips) at OARs in Grants Pass, OR (USA)

Compensation: Competitive salary, pro deals, comprehensive benefits, 401 retirement plan
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Wilderness Canoe Guide (Summer 2022) at Northern Tier High Adventure Program in Ely, MN (USA)

Compensation: $1150 USD/month
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Naturalist and Canoe Guide at Alaska Excursions in Skagway, AK (USA)

Compensation: Unknown
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River Dance Lodge Support & Activities Guide at ROW Adventures in ID (USA)

Compensation: Unknown
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Remote Trips Manager and Whitewater Guide at Cape Fear River Adventures in Lillington, NC (USA)

Compensation: Pay is based on experience
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Composite Technician, Canoe Builder at Kamanu Composites, LLC (USA)

Compensation: $15-25 USD/hour
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Kayak Assembly and General Labourers at Delta Kayaks in Maple Ridge, BC (Canada)

Compensation: Competitive salary, great benefits, safe workplace
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Quality Inspector at Mustang Survival in Jacksonville, FL (USA)

Compensation: Successful candidates will receive a $600 signing bonus. The $600 signing bonus will be paid out in 3 payments – $200 upon starting, $200 after 3 months of continuous employment, and $200 after 6 months of continuous employment.
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Production Assembler at Mustang Survival in Arcata, CA (USA)

Compensation: $15 – $20 per hour
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Graphic Designer at Mustang Survival in Burnaby, BC (CAD)

Compensation: Unknown
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