Second Pilot - Wilderness River Adventures - Whitewater

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Page, AZ US
Worker Type :
Hourly and Seasonal
Posted Date:
2/2/2018 3:26:49 PM
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Aramark’s leisure group specializes in lodging, recreation, conference centers and meeting services. The scope of our operations includes lodging, conference and meeting space, houseboats and other marine activities, retail merchandise, casual and fine dining experiences, and interpretive tours in some of this country's most pristine protected lands and national parks. We have been active partners with the National Park Service for over 20 years, providing high-quality visitor services in numerous locations across the United States. We are one of the nation’s leading managers of conference centers with a strong focus on customer experience. We are considered a premier provider of professional services by clients and competition alike, committed to providing high-quality recreation, hospitality and authentic experiences to clients and visitors from all over the world.


Position Summary:
The Second Pilot (Guide) for Wilderness River Adventures serves as the on-river second in command, reporting to the Trip Leader and  to the River Operations Manager back in the shop. The Second Pilot establishes and maintains the professional level of river guiding within which WRA operates in the Grand Canyon or Canyon Lands National Parks. The Second Pilot must always place the safety of the passengers and crew first and also serve as an advocate to improve any aspect of our on river procedures which might me deficient, might endanger the crew, passengers or reputation and overall safety record of WRA. The Second Pilot must meet and maintain all guide qualifications as required by the NPS. The Second Pilot is essentially training to become a trip leader and should support the TL in all phases of the operation.
Essential Functions:

  • Rigging of assigned raft with all appropriate gear, noting that the raft is safe and ready for passengers. Assist TL and other guides with rigging as needed.
  • Assist TL with pre-trip and post trip warehouse maintenance and repair of river equipment.
  • Assist in all Interpretation programs relating to the natural and human history material of the Colorado River and Canyon Lands National Parks. Work in concert with the TL and the interpretive programs manager
  • At the launch point explain loading procedures and demonstrate the correct and safe seating position and location of safety lines and individually check each PFD for fit and security. Assist with loading of passengers and explaining where personal gear should be placed.
  • Second Pilots should observe the WRA operation and assist in implementing policies as they relate to the safe and professional WRA program.  
  • Maintain a positive attitude – always be willing to lend a helping hand wherever needed. Remain visible and available to other crew members and passengers throughout the trip.
  • Second Pilots must be able to work in highly stressful situations and be able to make the correct decisions when needed.
  • Second Pilots will assist TL to ensure guide compliance with WRA’s operations manual and the NPS Commercial Operating Requirements (CORs).
  • Second Pilots must monitor the condition of all equipment and supplies. Assist TL and River Operations manager in maintaining safe, professionally equipped boats and ample quantities of repair supplies.
  • Second Pilots must be able to conduct on river repairs and ensure that equipment will make it safely back to the shop.
  • Be aware of MSDS sheets and books and read and use this information when necessary
  • Must be honest, dependable and forthright, with the ability to confidently work without direct supervisior
  • Go the extra mile and follow through to ensure guest satisfaction
  • Diplomatically handle guest complaints – always be polite and maintain a professional manner
  • Assist the TL with the pre-trip loading of rafts. Ensure the following safety items are loaded: rescue kit, major and minor first aid (check for expiration dates and product integrity), repair kits, satellite phone, spare bow lines, spare motors (and/or oars), and air pump. Ensure boat registration is current and visible.
  • Along with the TL the second pilot should test the communications equipment at the warehouse for operation. Deficiencies should be reported to management.
  • Assist TL with passenger orientation and “Rules of the River.”
  • The Second Pilot is also responsible for a safe and timely run out and assisting the truck driver in the safe and proper loading of the rafts during the takeout.
  • Must be able to work with diverse populations in a supportive and positive manner
  • Must be flexible - willing to work a varied schedule
  • Other duties as assigned

Status and Scope:

  • Second Pilots report to The River Operations Manager or on river the Trip Leader
  • Second Pilots need to be comfortable working outdoors as they may encounter desert animals, which includes but is not limited to: mice, jack rabbits, snakes, bats etc…
  • Second Pilots must be comfortable working long days in extreme weather conditions.
  • Second Pilots must be comfortable working with guests and crew in a wilderness setting. The Second Pilot  must be able to handle many different types of situations. Sometimes life threatening.



  • Must meet all NPS regulations required for Guide status.  Number of trips, current Health and CPR cards plus a current food handler’s card.
  • Strong English communication skills are required
  • Must be over 18 years of age
  • Must have a valid US Driver's License and pass a Motor Vehicle Record history check (MVR)


Second Pilots must be willing to participate in the random drug/alcohol testing pool.
Equipment Used:
Travel Requirements:   More than 30%
Lifting Requirements:  
VERY HEAVY - Lifting objects in excess of 100 pounds with frequent lifting and/or carrying objects weighing 50 pounds or more.

Aramark is an EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

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