Summer employment opportunities!

Calling all college students, experienced river guides, commercial drivers & outdoor enthusiasts!

Raft California (Tributary Whitewater Tours) holds more unique river permits than any other whitewater rafting  outfitter in California. Working for us doesn’t mean you will be stuck on the same river trip all summer long! Our staff are lucky enough to experience trips on the North Yuba, Truckee, Kaweah, East Carson and more

Our primary location is on the South Fork American River in Lotus, CA and our private campground is one of the best places on the river! We also have an outpost located at the Truckee River RV park for our Truckee River operations, and are expanding our Northern California presence with locations on the Trinity River, as well as a private property/put in location on the Lower Klamath River

We are not just in California – we also run trips in Oregon on the Deschutes & Owyhee Rivers. There is an outpost in Maupin, OR for our operations. 

No other company can offer this many amazing rivers to run and places to stay!


We believe that rafting trips bring out the best in people. We feel that people respond to the beauty and challenge of the river, and in doing so, discover the best in themselves. In this hectic world, it becomes even more important to “get away from it all”. Our trips can take you deep into the splendor of the forests and mountains, just like the tributaries of rivers.

We are looking for people who are fun, safety conscious, team oriented, hard working, responsible, personable, fit, environmentally conscious, and ready for challenges!

Why work for Raft California?

  • Best gear and equipment in the industry

  • More unique river permits in California than any other company

  • Most advanced digital scheduling, time card, and reservation portal

  • Family owned and operated for 40+ years

  • Spacious guide living and accommodations

  • Competitive pay and advancement opportunities

  • Most competent, mature, and friendly staff

  • Variety – one day and multi day excursions

  • Advanced Guide Training

  • Cool swag

Available Positions for the 2022 Rafting Season

We are currently seeking ideal candidates for the following positions. Applying thru our online form is our preferred method to receive job applications. Click “Apply Now” below to submit.

River Guide – California & Oregon

Experienced River Guides can apply online.

If you do not have prior river guiding experience then please sign up for our River Guide School! First year guides start guiding river trips once they are “checked off” on that run by a senior river guide or manager.

Photographer & Shuttle Driver – Truckee, CA

Must possess a valid Commercial Drivers License with passenger endorsement at a minimum. 

We will train you to take photos.

Must be physically able to walk around on unstable terrain.

Shuttle Drivers – Lotus, CA & Maupin, OR

Must possess a valid Commercial Drivers License with passenger endorsement at a minimum.

Commissary Assistant – Lotus, CA

Assistant to our commissary manager, must have Food Handlers Certification.

Admin/Commissary/Shuttle Assistant – Maupin, Oregon

Must possess a valid Commercial Drivers License with passenger endorsement at a minimum.

Employee Benefits at Raft California?

We make sure our wages are at the high end of our industry.

New for 2022 – we are still nailing down the final details of our employee match program for retirement plan savings. 

Our reservations system is also the same tool we use to schedule employees. It is easy to check your schedule online, see who is working with you & more. 

We use ADP for our payroll. Time/jobs are logged via your phone or any other device. Any certs or necessary documents are uploaded for manager approval & stored in your profile. 

We know that times can get rough. We use Canopy to help our staff in times of need. This is a 3rd party affiliate for confidential assistance in almost anything including; financial guidance, emotional support, substance abuse support, family planning etc. This is a free program to everyone on our staff.  

Still have questions?

Basic Requirements for ALL employees:

  • Legal status to work in the United States
  • Signed application and all forms (Including W4 and I9)

Raft California is an Equal Opportunity Service Provider.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is also available in languages other than English.

To file a complaint alleging discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at, or at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provided in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:

Basic Requirements For Guides:

Basic Requirements For Drivers:

  • Must possess a valid Commercial Drivers License with passenger endorsement at a minimum.
  • Understand and agree to the required Drug/Alcohol tests (paid for by Raft California)