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Adventure Jobs with Colorado Zipline & AVA

AVA offers a wide variety of job opportunities each summer in Colorado. We look for fun, passionate, hard-working team players. Our rafting season runs from May until September. We have jobs available in Granite (Buena Vista), Idaho Springs, Breckenridge and Kremmling.

Please read below for available jobs. To read the job description and/or apply, please click the title of the job. It will show you the job description or allow you to apply. It will take you through an online application process and also give you an opportunity to upload a resume.

The seasonal jobs currently available are listed below. Click the job title to read description and/or apply.

General Info About Our Jobs

Experienced Guides

We have a core staff of guides that have been with AVA for many years. We do, however, hire experienced guides each season to add to our knowledgeable staff. The number of guides and experience level we’re looking for changes each season. The best opportunities will arise if you apply early. We have positions available in Granite (Buena Vista), Idaho Springs, Summit County (Breckenridge/Keystone), and Kremmling. Must be available to work early May through Labor Day; school starting dates are the only exception. Click the job title in the list above to apply.


Drivers applying to AVA must have a valid CDL license, clean driving record, and be willing to work as a team player. Drivers generally drive school buses, school buses with trailers, and vans with trailers. Driver jobs may be based in Granite (north of Buena Vista), Idaho Springs, Kremmling or Summit County. Must be available to work early May through Labor Day. Click the job title in the list above to apply.

Sales Agents / Reservationists

We’re looking for outgoing, sales-oriented people to staff our reservations office in Breckenridge. Flexible schedules available; pay is hourly wage plus potential bonus tied to meeting team sales goals! If you love to talk to people about adventure and help them create fun vacations, please apply! Must have strong attention to detail and ability willing to work as member of a team. Positions starting March, April and May

Office Staff

Working as part of the office staff at AVA is fun, fast-paced and offers something different each day! We will have 2012 positions available in Granite (Buena Vista), Idaho Springs and Kremmling. Office staff is responsible for general customer service duties, including but not limited to greeting and checking in guests before trips, selling retail goods, showing, selling and printing photos after trips, general cleaning duties inside and outside, restocking retail goods, and housekeeping for our cabins on site (Granite only). Our office staff is a vital point of human contact for our guests, and we consider this job to hold incredible importance! We search for fun-loving, capable folks with good attitudes, strong work ethics, and the ability to multi-task. Must be available to work early May through Labor Day; school starting dates are the only exception. .Please fill out the application below to apply.

Guide School

In 2012, AVA will be accepting about 15 people for our guide school based in Granite (Buena Vista) and about 5 people for our guide school based in Idaho Springs. Both will start with a week together at our Granite Outpost. No previous training on the river is necessary, although river experience, guide/leadership experience, guest service experience, or general water experience will be an asset for you. Guide school starts May 21 and lasts for three weeks. You must be able to attend the full length of guide school. Some people will need additional training to graduate. Guide School costs $500 per student and if you are invited to guide school your position will not be held until we receive payment. This course is geared toward participants that are safety conscious, team oriented, responsible, personable, fit, hardy, and ready for a challenge. Guiding is not for everyone! The responsibility that accompanies guiding should be considered before applying for a position with AVA.

Participation in AVA’s guide school does not guarantee you a job. Your employment with AVA is dependent on your performance in guide school, including but not limited to your ability to take guests safely down the river and to deliver the highest level of guest service. While we plan to hire all of our guide school participants each year, we cannot guarantee employment.

During guide school, we have gear such as wetsuits, splash jackets and life jackets available for your use. When guide school is finished, in order to work for AVA as a guide you must own all of your own rafting gear, including a PFD, knife, throw bag and other paddling gear. During guide school you will have an opportunity to order gear at a discounted rate.

Most AVA guides camp/live in tents/live in their vehicles for the summer. Many of our guides do this and often several guides camp together at different locations. There is National Forest and BLM land around AVA, but there are restrictions on how long you can camp at these locations. AVA does not provide employee housing, however you may live IN A VEHICLE (no tent/RV camping) on a portion of the AVA Granite property. This is the only location and situation where we provide a place for guides to live. Some others rent a house/apartment in Buena Vista (15 minutes from AVA Granite) or Leadville (20 minutes from AVA Granite) or Idaho Springs or Kremmling.

In order to participate in guide school you must have First Aid and CPR certification. This is not included in the price and should be completed prior to arrival. We usually organize a class that coincides with the school for those people who were unable to arrive with First Aid and CPR. Please fill out the application below to apply. We are processing applications right now, so applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


Click the job title in the job list at the top to see job descriptions and to apply. The application process will also allow you to upload a Resume.