Employment at Three Rivers Resort

Three Rivers Resort is one of the largest summer employers in the Gunnison Valley and we are always looking to fill our positions with excellent staff. We offer internships, raft guide training, a fishing guide school and a slew of positions in guest services. Positions include: Housekeeping, Front Desk, Activities Desk, Fly Shop, Restaurant Cooks, Restaurant Kitchen (prep, bus, dishes, etc.), Restaurant Servers, Photographers, Shuttle Drivers, Maintenance/Grounds/Auto Mechanic, Raft and Fish Guides, Accounting Office, and occasionally managers for Restaurant, Fly Shop and Photo Departments. We begin hiring up to a year prior to the following summer season, with our big push starting in February. Please send us a cover letter stating your interests along with our application (see below). We will review applications as we receive them. Most positions start in late May and end around Labor Day weekend. We do bring some staff on early and keep some through October, depending on position and performance. We are interested in people who are committed first to giving the guest a great experience. A clean professional appearance is also required.

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2020 Raft Guide Training Course

Three Rivers Outfitting has been offering Raft Guide Training for over 25 years. The 2020 will be held from June 1st – June 10. Participants are encouraged to participate in both Raft Guide Training as well as the River Rescue Course (RRC). This intense course is held in both classroom and river environments and is recommended for those seriously interested in guiding commercially in Colorado. Classes are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day, unless otherwise noted. After completing the course, participants will meet the minimum requirements to commercially guide rafts in Colorado. Three Rivers strives to put only our safest guides on the river with our customers so additional practice beyond the raft course is mandatory if you wish to guide commercially. Once the course is complete, guide trainees are invited to hone their skills on any of our commercial trips that go out twice daily. Completion of the course does not guarantee employment.  If needed, you can check out gear for the entire class: PFD (personal flotation device), neoprene booties, splash top/bottom, wet suit. After the class, you will need to purchase your own gear in order to guide.

Course Highlights & Information:

  • Equipment orientation, boat rigging, repair, maintenance, and safe boat loading techniques
  • Ample time spent on both oar and paddle guiding
  • Basic and advanced guide strokes
  • River dynamics and characteristics of moving water
  • River Hazards
  • Types, causes, and classifications of rapids
  • Self rescue and whitewater swim techniques
  • Introduction to Rope Rescue Systems
  • Commercial Passenger Orientation
  • First Aid and CPR Certification
  • PFD, helmet, splash gear, booties, and wet suit provided
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Cost = $400.00

**If you are already a certified river guide, you will still be required to attend certain days of our raft guide training course and become proficient on our local rivers. There is a fee associated with this training depending on your experience and whether or not you have gained trip leader status. Please call for more information and ask for Dirk Schumacher.

Tentative Schedule for 2020 Raft Class

Each day, students should bring lunch (unless noted below), snacks, plenty of water and extra dry clothes to stay warm.  You’ll end up getting wet and cold on most days, BRING EXTRA WARM CLOTHES! Wear quick dry clothing, extra layers and avoid cotton shirts and socks. You can’t learn when you’re cold!

  • June 1: Registration, introductions, gear check-out, boat rigging/loading, safety briefing.  2-3 Hour oar trip on the Gunnison.
  • June 2: First Aid and CPR Training and 1-2 Oar trips on the Lower Taylor
  • June 3: Upper Taylor paddle trips guided by instructors then Upper, Middle, Lower Taylor trips with students paddling.
  • June 4: Swim Day! Everyone swims, self rescues and uses throw bags.  BRING EXTRA WARM CLOTHES!
  • June 5: Oar trips on the Lower Taylor and paddle trips on the Upper Taylor.
  • June 6: Paddle trips on the Upper Taylor.
  • June 7:  All day on the Arkansas River – leave at 7 am SHARP, lunch provided, bring warm clothes/change of clothes, extra snacks, water and tip money for Arkansas guides
  • June 8: All day trip on the Lake Fork of the Gunnison (Class IV) with lunch provided by Three Rivers Smokehouse. Bring extra clothes, water and snacks.
  • June 9: Oar trips on the Taylor
  • June 10: Paddle trips on the Taylor

*Schedule may change due to weather or other circumstances.

*Online First Aid/ CPR courses are not valid for river guiding certification in the state of Colorado.

*This course will fulfill the state of Colorado’s Minimum Requirements for river guiding. However, any employing outfitter will likely require you to go through additional training specific to their company operations.

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Whitewater Rescue Technician

The River Rescue Certification level 1 course is optional but required to guide our more advanced whitewater trips (class III+). This physically challenging course will be conducted by Matt Dvorak from Dvorak Expeditions in Nathrop, CO. This course is intense, containing some classroom instruction and several hours of developing and practicing water rescue skills. The initial emphasis is on developing self-rescue skills. Other objectives include an in-depth look at: safety, line in water contact rescue, handling hazards and obstacles, understanding water dynamics and using basic rescue equipment. Classes start at 8:30 am.

This years course dates are TBD.

Cost: $385

Equipment Requirements & Course Information:

  • Full wet suit or dry suit
  • Lightweight helmet
  • USCG approved PFD (Type III or V)
  • River shoes or hard soled booties
  • Gloves, knife, whistle, throw bag are recommended but optional
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Basic swimming ability
  • Good physical condition
  • Call Three Rivers directly to book; 970-641-1303

Willowfly Anglers 2020 Fly Fishing Guide School

Willowfly Anglers at Three Rivers Resort will be offering a professional fly fishing guide school from June 15 to 19, 2020. Course size will be limited to 12 participants to ensure the highest quality experience possible. Classes will run from 8 am to 5 pm each day. Instruction includes classroom time and “on the water” instruction on local waters.

Why choose Willowfly Anglers Fly Fishing Guide School?

We offer a variety of local water not often found in one location: Tailwater, Freestone, Small Creeks and Stillwater (on-site pond and 2 large local reservoirs).Willowfly Anglers is an Orvis-Endorsed Outfitter and has thrived for over 35 years with some of the best guides in the industry. Our guides have over 100 years of combined guiding and instructional experience.

  • Equipment is included in the cost: waders, boots, rods, reels.
  • Private water on site and private boat ramps accessing the Taylor River and Gunnison River.
  • Thorough curriculum including: Instruction from an FFF Master Casting Instructor, Fly tying with a Professional Tyer, entomology, ethics, wading, guide professionalism and client management.
  • Guest Speaker from our local Trout Unlimited Chapter.
  • On site lodging included!
  • Small class size to ensure high quality experience.
  • Large network of outfitters for employment referrals.
  • Great local fishing pre-runoff during May.
  • Discount offered for the raft guide course (which will fulfill the minimum qualifications for float guiding in Colorado) if registered for both.
  • The best value of any guide school!

Tuition for the 2020 school is $1460.00 per student and includes 6 nights of lodging, class materials, the use of waders, boots, rods and reels, and a diploma upon completion. Not included are a Colorado fishing license, leaders, tippet, flies, and meals. The lodging included consists of a hotel-style lodge room at Three Rivers Resort, where the guide school will be based. The room is spacious and includes a queen size bed, fold-out futon, private bathroom and kitchenette (refrigerator, kitchen sink/counter area, small table, toaster oven, microwave and coffee maker).

If enrolling in both the Fishing Guide School and the Raft Guide Training course, overall tuition may be reduced by $100.

Completion does not guarantee employment.  As an Orvis-Endorsed outfitter, we have a large network of outfitters to which we can refer graduates for possible employment opportunities.

Registration closes April 27, 2020.

Topics covered include:

  1. Being a guide: what it takes and what to expect
  2. Conservation and outdoor ethics
  3. Necessary guiding equipment
  4. Aquatic entomology
  5. Rigging and knots
  6. Trout holding water and behavior by season
  7. Casting instruction
  8. Wading techniques and safety

Required for participation:  Have a valid Colorado fishing license and be at least 18 years of age.

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Offline Enrollment

To enroll in the Raft Guide or Whitewater Rescue course, click here: Online Raft Course Registration. To enroll in the Fly Fishing Guide School, click here: Online Fishing Guide School Registration. Please fill out the form(s), sign, then fax or mail to Three Rivers Resort. Be sure to include any deposits indicated in the course description when mailing the form. If you are faxing the form, please fill out the appropriate credit card information on the form. Do not email us your credit card information. If you intend to work as a raft guide or fishing guide with Three Rivers Outfitting/Willowfly Anglers after you have completed the course, please also send us your job application.

Click here to download a Job Application in Word. Click here to download a Job Application in PDF. Complete it and email it or print the application to complete and send by mail, fax or scan & email.

Mail: PO Box 339, Almont, CO 81210      Fax: 970-641-1317.      Email: [email protected]