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Join The New Mexico River Adventures Team!

Join The NMRA Team!


New Mexico River Adventures is a family owned and operated adventure business with a focus on providing the best experiences for both our guests and guides. NMRA was started by Wendy and Matt Gontram, both river professionals with over 47 years combined experience as river guides on a wide variety of rivers throughout the U.S and around the world. We have brought that experience to Northern New Mexico and believe in providing the best, most professional and unique river and adventure experiences available in New Mexico. Our tight-knit team consists of river professionals, teachers, students, adventure racers, parents and explorers. We are always looking for excited, hardworking and genuine people to join the team in a variety of capacities.

Becoming A River Rafting Guide For New Mexico River Adventures

If you are interested in becoming a river rafting guide with New Mexico River Adventures and feel that you share a similar passion for the outdoors and a high level of professionalism, please contact us at 505-983-7756. We are always looking for both experienced and non-experienced river guides. If you have no experience but would like to learn and eventually become a New Mexico river guide on the Rio Grande and Rio Chama, please visit our Whitewater River Guide School page for more information. If you have prior experience as a commercial river guide, please send us your professional resume as well as a copy of your river log and summary of professional and medical certifications. For all guides, there is a minimum of Basic First Aid and CPR required by the BLM and US Forest Service to work on the rivers of Northern New Mexico. However, NMRA prides itself with having the best trained guides on the river and most have more advanced medical training such as Wilderness First Responders and EMT’s as well as Swiftwater Rescue certifications. More advanced training will certainly make you more valuable to the team as well as give you the opportunity to enter a higher pay scale.

Retail Associates/Reservationists/Drivers/Photographers

Most importantly we are looking for intelligent, outgoing team players for our office/reservation staff. We believe that our guests experiences starts with the first phone call or e-mail and continues until the drive away after their trip. We value, above all, kind courteous, intelligent and professional people to guide our guests through the reservation experience and help with any needs they may have off of the river. If you feel you embody these qualities and ideals, please contact us at 505-983-7756.

Unless you are a student or faculty member throughout the rest of the year, each person must be available for work from Memorial Day through Labor Day to be considered for employment.

NMRA is considered the leader in river outfitting in New Mexico.  This is in large part due to the level of skill and professionalism that our Guides display on a daily basis.  Because of this level of dedication from our staff, we strive to offer some of the most competitive wages in the industry.  There are a variety of factors involved in the ranges listed below including experience, level of medical certification and type of trip.  In addition to trip wages, our Guides depend on gratuities.  As a company we work hard to inform all of our Guests about appropriate Guide Gratuities in both pre and post trip communication as well as on the website.  Here are the ranges of wages you can expect to earn as a Guide or Sales Staff at NMRA.

  • Half Day trip wages ranging from $55-$80 per trip
  • Full Day trip wages ranging from $95-$155 per trip
  • Multi-Day trip wages ranging from $135-$180 per day
  • Sales Staff and Reservationists starting at $15 per hour or more

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