Join Our Team!

Tipping the GuidesThank you for your interest in working for Holiday River Expeditions. We are currently evaluating our hiring needs for the 2024 guide season. We are accepting applications for guides, warehouse workers, and drivers. 

Holiday has been running backcountry trips in Utah since 1966. We are known for our friendly, efficient, and professional employees. All of the Holiday family is committed to providing our guests with an enjoyable wilderness experience with an opportunity to learn about the natural world. We accomplish this through diligent training, meaningful interpretation, innovative equipment and facilities, and responsible stewardship of the land.

Our goal is to always exceed industry standards in providing our guests a with quality wilderness experience with minimal impacts to other groups, the land, the water, the air, and our cultural treasures. This simultaneously provides our employees the opportunity to learn about and experience the natural world, meet some wonderful and interesting people, and have some of the best times of their life.


We hire employees based on their people skills, ability and willingness to learn, professional appearance, and responsible wilderness values. It is important that you are in good health and physically fit. You need to be responsible, have solid work habits, and the ability to get the job done. Guides are responsible for providing interpretive backcountry trips varying in length from 1–7 days. The majority of our trips are rafting vacations, complemented by a smaller offering of mountain bike trips.

You will need to possess or acquire the required guide license, first aid, CPR, and food handler’s permit for the guide position. These qualifications can be met following the hiring process through Holiday’s training program. Holiday is a drug-free workplace. Employees will need to pass a pre-employment drug test prior to final hiring.

When filling out the online application, you must download it first and then open it using a PDF reader (such as Adobe Acrobat). If you open it in a web browser window, it will look like you are able to fill in the forms, but your work will not be saved. Once you have completed the application using the PDF reader, save the PDF and email it to Tim.BikeRaft@gmail.com and ops.holidayriver@gmail.com. If filling out the application online doesn’t work, you can always print it out, fill it in, scan it, and send it that way.

Click here for the employment application.

Please send completed applications to tim.bikeraft@gmail.com and ops.holidayriver@gmail.com.

Go with the flow,

Tim Gaylord
Director of Operations


Lodore Boats Trevor Em

We offer:

  • A supportive and enthusiastic team
  • All guide training is included at no cost
  • Organized and efficient operations
  • Interpretive training and equal opportunity
  • Room & board included
  • Medical Reimbursement
  • Simple IRA program after reaching minimum qualification
  • Guide Starting pay $115 a day
  • Starting pay for hourly positions is $15/hr compensation package
Westwater Canyon Justing Rowing Whitewater

Whitewater Rafting Guide

Holiday is looking for enthusiastic and energetic team players looking to become whitewater rafting guides. Guides will need to be safety oriented, with a passion for the outdoors and natural spaces as well as having impeccable customer service. We expect all guides to provide an extremely high level of professionalism and follow our mission to provide our guests with an enjoyable wilderness experience.

If selected, you will learn all the needed aspects of becoming a guide through our guide training; no previous experience is needed to apply. This position requires that you be in good physical condition, able to work long days in variable weather conditions, but most of all that you have fantastic customer service skill and a willingness and ability to learn new skills. We can teach you the Holiday Way!

For more info, read: How To Become A Guide.

Bike Mechanic and Guide Job

Mountain Bike Mechanic & Guide

Do you have the skills to keep a fleet of mountain bikes running smoothly, and a desire to get out and show guests some of the most amazing places in the Desert Southwest? If so, this might be the right job for you. We are looking for someone to oversee the maintenance of our rental bikes and guide trips out of our Green River, Utah location. We offer trips on the White Rim Trail and the Maze districts of Canyonlands National Park as well as areas surrounding Moab and in the San Rafael Swell.

Drive Job Position Employment


Would you like to help get our guests safely to and from their backcountry trips? As a driver for Holiday you would be responsible for driving 15-passenger vans with trailers to our put in and take out points.  You need to be at least 23 years old and have a clean driving record. This can be a great way to get started with us and get your foot in the door if you are unable to make it to our guide training, or if we have filled all of our openings for guides. Oftentimes our drivers will transition into a guide position in subsequent seasons.

Warehouse Position

Warehouse Workers

If you are unable to make it to our training held in the beginning of May, or are not old enough to become a guide yet, this role may be just the right one to get your foot in the door. We need dedicated staff to perform the behind-the-scenes support for our backcountry trips. This work is absolutely essential to the business: your efforts are often the first interaction our guests have with us. From greeting them as they arrive for their trip, to cleaning gear after trips, to preparing food, your work is the foundation of our operation. Sweeping, cleaning, repairing gear as well as taking care of our grounds are other duties. In addition to receiving a fair hourly wage and room and board, you will also get out on a few multi-day river trips during the summer to get a feel for what our guests and guides are all excited about. We look for warehouse staff that desire to become a river guide in future seasons. Read a little bit more about our warehouse crew here.

Dee Holladay

Vehicle and Building  Maintenance

Are you a generalist, a “MacGyver”, a renaissance person? Are you someone who has no problem grabbing a wrench and getting under a van, jumping on the roof to fix a swamp-cooler and trouble-shooting a washing machine on the fritz? Do you have hard-skills like basic welding or carpentry that our tech-saturated society rarely celebrates?  This might be the job for you!

We are looking for someone with a wide breadth of vehicle, building, and maintenance experience to join our fun-loving team. This job, located in the town of Green River, Utah has you working alongside outdoor enthusiasts. Over the course of our season you can also sample the incredible river canyons and bike trails we operate across!