Nantahala Outdoor Center

  • Bike Guide

    Job Locations US-NC-Bryson City
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  • Overview


    For 40+ years NOC has led the outdoor industry, taking more guests whitewater rafting and teaching more paddlers than any other outdoor recreation company. NOC also provides top-quality aerial and trail-based adventures, and provides unmatched retail service, foodservice, lodging, and trip planning services. Behind NOC's rapid growth are our five core values: Lead by Example, Do the Right Thing, Service Before Self, Work Hard-Play Hard, Make it Happen. These core values unite a community of leaders and pioneers in an exciting, fun and always changing work environment.


    NOC career opportunities offer prospects rare opportunities to work in beautiful locations, to grow their skills and to share a passion for active outdoor recreation. Ideal candidates are leaders in the work place that wish to join a unique, values-driven organization. They aspire to excellence in their fields and disciplines and they demonstrate a commitment to the service of others. Above all, they want to provide visitors with unforgettable experiences in the great outdoors. If this sounds like you, we hope you'll apply to join the NOC team.


    Job Summary


    If you have a passion for mountain biking and the desire to share it with others then we encourage you to apply to be a Bike Guide at NOC!


    Bike Guides work at NOC’s main campus, located on the Nantahala River, which is at the base of our on-site trail, Flint Ridge. In this position, you will facilitate our Guided Mountain Biking tours along with outfitting our Adventure Pass guests with all equipment they will need to enjoy our trails. Bike Guides will also drive shuttles to and from the on-site trailhead. Due to this responsibility, applicants for this position must be at least 21 years of age prior to their start date; current First Aid and CPR certifications are required. 


    This position is classified as summer seasonal and reports the Bike Shop Supervisor. NOC is looking for Guides that have availability from mid-late May through early September, however shorter availability may be accommodated based on hiring needs. 


    • Maintain and clean NOC's rental bike fleet and gear on a daily basis
    • Assist all Adventure Pass guests with their biking and trail experience, including but not limited to: shuttle guests in a van to the trailhead, outfit them with all necessary equipment, provide them information about the on-site trail system
    • Ride on-site trails at least once a week to check for downed trees or other potential hazards
    • Maintain trails to NOC's standards including, but not limited to:
    • Operate as a Bike Guide on our Guided Mountain Bike programs that are offered throughout the summer months
    • Assist guests with technical questions regarding the appropriate bike, equipment, gear and fit
    • Promote other NOC adventures, and provide local area information, especially local trails and directions
    • Other tasks and duties as assigned


    Applicant must have: 

    • Valid driver's license and a clean motor vehicle record
    • Current First Aid and CPR certification
    • Prior mountain biking experience is preferred
    • A professional appearance and attitude
    • Ability to sustain productive work with little supervision
    • Ability to learn and perform basic bike maintenance 
    • A love for the outdoors and an enjoyment for mountain biking
    • Ability to speak clearly and concisely


    Applicant must be:

    • Preferably 21 years of age or older for insurance reasons
    • Comfortable driving a 15 person van on steep and winding mountain roads and in some instances with a trailer
    • Capable of providing an excellent guest experience
    • A self starter 

    • Effective at communicating with coworkers

    • Willing to take ownership

    • Comfortable working in a teamwork-based environment
    • Able to take direction well and exhibit good judgment

     Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

    • Ability to move and lift up to 30lbs repeatedly
    • Comfortable leading mountain bike trips
    • Able to ride at least 5 miles on mild to strenuous terrain
    • Comfortable working alone in a fairly remote location
    • Comfortable working in various climates (heat, cold, wind, rain)
    • Ability to bend, stoop, twist


    The above noted job description is not intended to describe, in detail, the multitude of tasks that may be assigned but rather to provide a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of this position. As the nature of business demands change, so too may the essential functions of this position.

    The Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity in any and all terms, conditions or privileges of employment including hiring, promotions, termination, training and compensation. The NOC does not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic condition or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, where applicable. Furthermore, the NOC is committed to a work environment free of discrimination and harassment through respecting and valuing the diversity among employees and all those with whom the NOC does business.


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