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Safety Kayaker

Company: Arkansas Valley Adventures
Location: Buena Vista
Posted on: June 13, 2022

Job Description:

AVA Rafting & Zipline: Safety Kayaker Now Accepting Applications for the 2022 Summer Season! Location: Buena Vista, CO or Idaho Springs, CO
Schedule: Seasonal Full Time & Part Time Available
Pay Rate: According to pay scale of river mileage and sections checked out on, up to 10% end-of-season bonus Looking to make adventure your job? Why not work for the best adventure guide company in the state of Colorado. AVA has several locations that all offer their own unique opportunities and activities (so much more than rafting and ziplining). Employees enjoy consistent work where they help make lifetime memories for their guests every day. The good times don't stop on your days off as AVA employees can experience any of our activities they want for free or even rent out company equipment on their own free of charge. Make incredible mountain peaks, towers of granite, and rushing rivers your office. Our positive and energetic culture have led countless guides to friends and memories that last a lifetime. There are even opportunities for year-round employment through our sister companies, Breckenridge Ski & Sport and Peak 1 Express. What are you waiting for? Adventure awaits. Why work for AVA Rafting & Zipline? Click Here! Perks Include: Competitive Pay Scale
Up to 10% End of Season Bonus
Free Adventure Trips with AVA
Free Shared Shuttle Services with Peak 1 Express
Free Ski, Snowboard and Bike Rentals with Breckenridge Ski & Sport
Employee Campground Offered at Buena Vista Location
Year-round work opportunities available through AVA, Peak 1 Express and Breckenridge Ski & Sport
Health Insurance & 401(k) offered to full-time, year-round employees
Rec Center Access Offered at Idaho Springs Location
ProForm Deals Available to Employees
Discounts for Friends & Family on AVA Adventure Trips
Discounts for Friends & Family on Peak 1 Express Services Job Overview: Safety Kayakers primarily serve a safety function. They are on the river to act as a primary rescuer for Class IV and V river trips. They are also a member of the AVA team and a key member and contributor to each trip. They serve as the face of AVA and uphold its mission and vision. Safety Kayakers will run ½ day and full-day trips as needed. Safety Kayakers are members of a dynamic high-quality company which emphasizes quality, customer service, and teamwork. Overall Job Duties: Assist with trip prep
Boat loading (rafts and kayak)
Guest preparation
Handing out PFD's, Wetsuits, Helmets
Provide customer instructions about the role of the safety kayaker
Communicate actively with guides on each trip and Trip Leader to review trip plan prior to put-in
Kayak along with trip maintaining proximity to rafts that allows for near immediate response to swimmers
Respond to, rescue, and/or coach swimmers to the nearest raft or shore
Respond to emergency medical situations
Participate as member of the guide team to entertain and serve customers
Answering questions
Teaching about the area, history and other interpretive information
Assist with serving lunch/dinner (when provided on trip)
Participate in trip clean-up Expectations: Be highly competent on all sections of the river at which you are based.
Maintain the highest level of professionalism and guest service at all times.
Possess strong leadership skills in all areas of operations.
Be adept in problem solving and conflict resolution.
Know, adhere to and be a role model for all employees in AVA's mission, vision, values and management system.
Influence staff morale in a positive way.
Demonstrate a high level of control and leadership on water.
Take a leadership role during medical or emergency situations
Have 500 miles recorded on a detailed river log that meets Colorado state requirements.
Demonstrate outstanding guest service and professionalism at all times to surpass guest expectations
Acts as role model to less experienced staff by adhering to AVA policies and procedures and demonstrating AVA core values, vision and mission.
Perform essential AVA functions as assigned by management; work with managers to effectively solve any problems that may arise in daily schedule.
Run trips professionally as assigned and scheduled
Report to work on-time and ready to perform
Properly fit of lifejackets, wetsuits, splash jackets, and helmets for guests
Wash, hang and organize trip gear to maintain cleanliness and organization of gear
Notify Gear Manager about damaged gear and follows up to see if it was repaired
Answer and address any guests concerns and questions
Treat guests respectfully and engage them in appropriate conversation to maximize guests experience
Assist with the maintenance of quality and cleanliness of outpost
Ensure the safety and exceptional experience for all rafting guests
Perform retrievals and rescues when needed
Be ready to perform basic First Aid and possibly CPR if needed
Work a flexible schedule
Be involved in at least one department (transportation, photos, safety, training, property, equipment, retail, kitchen) at your outpost
Have a well-groomed and professional presentation
Always wear uniform and nametag while working
Speak to large groups of people
Direct guests in the right direction including parking
Make critical decisions in a fast-paced environment
Adhere to AVA policies and procedures Required Experience & Skills: Safety Kayakers must have a minimum of 3 years kayaking experience.
Must be comfortable kayaking at a level one class above the section they are working on
In the case of Class V trips, kayakers must have significant kayaking experience in Class V water and be comfortable stopping in any given eddy in a Class V rapid
Possess current First Aid and CPR certifications.
Have a well-groomed presentation
Work positively and effectively as part of a team environment
Enjoy working with a variety of people in an active environment
Provides detailed river log and certifications
Able to work as a productive and positive member of team
Have a high physical fitness level
Able to work outdoors for long days in diverse weather conditions If you are interested in joining the AVA Team this summer, then please apply today! AVA strives to deliver the very highest level of guest service while bringing awareness and understanding of the surrounding wilderness to our guests. As leaders in our industry, we set examples in safety, professionalism, outdoor skills and guest service, while providing low-impact environmental recreation. Apply Today! AVA Rafting & Zipline is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.

Keywords: Arkansas Valley Adventures, Aspen , Safety Kayaker, Other , Buena Vista, Colorado

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