Employment at The River Company

River Guide

The River Company is looking for a few amazing river guides to work day trips on the Upper Main Salmon River. We are located in beautiful Stanley, Idaho. We work together, play together, and are a family for three to four months a summer. We strive to hire outstanding people recognizing that guides are the most important factor in providing the excellent river trips that The River Company is known for.

Good guides are social creatures. We can teach you how to run a boat. We can't teach you how to calm a frightened mother and child, understand how to handle unique groups with style, or just be plain fun. We look for guides who can engage strangers, can make nervous families laugh, and who can enable people to let go and enjoy the beauty of a day messing around in boats. Good guides understand the value of a job that allows them to be on a river every day. Good guides are humbled by rivers, draw energy from them, and share it with lucky people that for the most part have never floated them before.


  • Row and paddle rafts down the Upper Main Salmon
  • Help our chef with our fully catered meals
  • Educate our guests about the natural and social histories of the Salmon River Canyon, Anadromous Fish, and the Stanley area


  • Graduates of our Swiftwater Rescue Course
  • Hands down we are looking for people with superb people skills who can engage others and know how to have fun
  • Ability to work with small children and teens
  • Strong work ethic
  • Honesty and Respect
  • Physical ability and stamina
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Non-smoker
  • Current First Aid and CPR

To apply, please submit a letter of interest

Fly-fishing and raft guide position

The River Company is looking for a float-fishing and whitewater raft guide. In this position you will guide clients down class II-III whitewater on the Upper Main Salmon near Stanley, Idaho in the beautiful Sawtooth Mountains. This position includes guiding regular whitewater trips as well as float fly-fishing trips with two clients per raft with specialized fishing frames. Clients may be novice or experienced. We fish mostly for Westslope Cutthroat and Rainbow trout. All trips are day trips, no overnights.

  • Fly-fishing instruction experience required
  • Rowing experience preferred. Will train on paddle boat guiding
  • Swiftwater rescue training required.
  • Knowledge of river etiquette and wildlife are essential
  • Must have excellent customer service skills, good work ethic, a team-player mentality and a can-do attitude with a willingness to learn

To apply, please submit a letter of interest