Join the LCTA team!
Start your next chapter in adventure!
Fill out our Job Application – there you can attach your resume and any other pertinent documentation, river logs, first aid/WFR/CPR, etc…
If you are looking for more training either personally or professionally, head down the Main Salmon on our Annual April training trip.
Fundamentals of Whitewater rafting AKA Guide Refresher is a great way to get to know us as a company and vice versa. Also an opportunity to paddle the Salmon River of No Return before the summer season starts, regardless of your guiding or rafting experience. This trip covers the same 87 miles of the Salmon River where we run our commercial trips during the summer, just condensed into 4 days and 75% off the regular rate.
You will be asked to fill out a detailed participant form after booking your space.
Below are some helpful packing tips:
If you are taking the coarse through UM, contact us for the most up to date requirements.
Our hiring needs vary from year to year. We accept applications from experienced guides AND those looking for their first guiding job. We cater to our diverse guest clientele, many families with kids, professional and social groups, historical & cultural travelers and some whitewater thrill seekers. We are looking for socially engaging, attentive to detail, creative problem solvers, thrive in a fast paced work environment and balanced team players. We want your experience at LCTA to be more than just a line on your resume, but an impactful life experience, building relationships that span far into your future.
LCTA guides get a diverse guiding experience, between the day trips on the Alberton Gorge, Lochsa, Salmon and even the canoe trips on the Missouri. Our guides tend to gravitate towards working primarily in a particular area, but we are a diverse TEAM of guides and we expect our staff to expand their work experience by working in a variety of our trip locations. All of logistics are primarily based out of our small headquarters in Missoula, but departures are closer to the trip areas. Keeping an open mind and taking advantage of opportunities professionally and personally from your time guiding can take your life down unexpected and amazing paths!
In a addition to guiding positions we also hire the following and can also combine guiding with these other jobs
Driving / equipment maintenance
Food shopping / trip prep & packing
If you are looking to expand your work experience beyond guiding but still love the river & outdoor work, consider a manager position.
Alberton Gorge River Manager – oversee overall operations of the Alberton Gorge, may include but not limited to – logistics, guide scheduling, gear maintenance, customer meet & greet
Missouri River Manager – oversee overall logistics of the Missouri River trips, may include but not limited to – logistics, food shopping & packing, gear maintenance, shuttles
Our office is located on the edge of downtown Missoula. Many guides end up living here year around, go to school in Montana or out of state and also work other outdoor industry jobs during the winter. We think it says a lot that many of our guides have been with us for years. Those that stay in Missoula, enjoy living and working jobs/careers that allow them to return and guide trips as often as they choose. Missoula has so much to offer – of course outdoor adventure, kayaking, fishing, hiking & biking, but also – culture and diversity from the University of Montana, live MUSIC, great food and nightlife.
We now have 3 new outposts for guide quarters in different locations – each place has space for camping / sleeping with access to a bathroom and shower.
Alberton Gorge – located right on the river next the Cyr bridge put-in.
Lolo, MT – in the town of Lolo, Salmon River trip base location.
Fort Benton – 1310 Front Street – conveniently located acrsoss from the Grand Union Hotel.
ALL POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES ARE EVALUATED WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, GENDER, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, MARITAL OR VETERAN STATUS, THE PRESENCE OF A NON-JOB RELATED HANDICAP OR ANY OTHER LEGALLY PROTECTED STATUS.
Lewis & Clark Trail Adventures (LCTA) is a licensed service partner with the USDA Clearwater and Salmon National Forests, Bureau of Land Management, and Fish, Wildlife & Parks. We are members of the Idaho Outfitter and Guides Association