Employment opportunities are numerous at Sierra South. Most positions are seasonal, including river guides, kayak instructors, seasonal office staff, reservationists, food service manager, retail sales associates, bus drivers, and photographers.

We are looking for staff members who are energetic, self-motivated, team players, enjoy the outdoors, and above all else, are willing to provide exceptional guest services.

In a typical year, hiring occurs at the end of February through May. If you are interested in any of these seasonal positions, fill out our application and inquire today. For experienced river guides or kayak instructors, please mail us a resume and include a photocopy of certifications (WFR, WFS, Swiftwater Rescue, ACA etc.) Bus drivers must have a CDL class B.

Reservation & Office Staff

This position is a seasonal part-time job starting mid-March and ending after the season, which may last into September. The reservation department is fast-paced and requires good multitasking skills. Responsibilities include answering guests’ inquiries and booking reservations, as well as promoting and selling trips and classes.

Photographer/Photo Lab & Processing

Join our team of skilled photographers in taking digital photos of our guests and providing them with images to cherish for years to come. Photographers will be stationed at specific points along the river capturing guests as they come through rapids.

Retail Store and Mail-Order Sales Staff

We are looking for staff members who enjoy making sales and working with people. Primary duties include helping customers make decisions on which boating gear to buy, assisting guests before and after trips, and sharing overall knowledge of the river and the Southern Sierra with others.

Raft Guides

Become a Sierra South whitewater raft guide and guide guests on the  Upper Kern River and possibly the Fork of the Kern. We offer a variety of trips, from beginning whitewater  on the Lickety Split to heart-thumping Class V like the Thunder Run. The season could begin as early as March and run through August.

When selecting our guiding staff, we’re looking for people skills as well as river skills. If you have not guided before or would like to brush up on your skills, check out our guide school program

Kayak Instructors

Applicants must have the ability to impart relevant knowledge and to facilitate students’ learning. Additionally, you must have your own gear, be a solid class III boater with a bomb-proof roll in all conditions, be certified in first-aid and CPR, and have a valid driver’s license.

Duties include kayaking instruction, selection of appropriate gear for students, selection of appropriate locations and progressions for students, coordination of shuttle logistics and operating vehicles with trailers.

Bus/Van Drivers

An important role here at Sierra South is driving our guests and guides to and from their river trips and daily inspection of our vehicles. Drivers must have a class B CDL. Additional non-driving duties include helping guides and guests load and unload, putting equipment away, keeping a watchful eye on company equipment and any of the guests’ belongings, and attending guide debriefings when necessary.

Food Service Manager

This position is part-time and includes duties such as ordering, stocking, prepping, and packing food for our trips. Season depends on snow-pack.

Sierra South
Mountain Sports
Phone (800) 457-2082
Map Marker

11300 Kernville Road
Kernville, California 93238

Sierra South operates under permits issued by: Sequoia National Forest, Klamath National Forest, and the National Park Service/Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Sierra South is an equal opportunity recreation service provider.

Hours of Operation

Store: Sunday-Thursday  9 am-5 pm
Friday-Saturday  9 am-6 pm

Reservations: Monday- Friday 9 am-5 pm

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