Nantahala Outdoor Center

Paddlesports Sales Associate

Job Locations US-NC-Bryson City
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For 48+ 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, wilderness medicine as well as unmatched retail service, foodservice, lodging, and trip planning services. Behind NOC's success is our staff’s commitment to our five core values:  Lead by Example, Service Before Self, Do the Right Thing, Work Hard/Play Hard and 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 a rare combination of work in beautiful locations, a chance to grow skills and to share a passion for active outdoor recreation. Ideal candidates are leaders in the workplace 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 guests with unforgettable experiences. If this sounds like you, we hope you'll apply to join the NOC team.




Do you love working with people, gearing them up for adventures and engaging in shoptalk? Are you a gear junkie that loves working with and selling the latest and greatest gear? If so, come join our enthusiastic outfitter store team and enjoy the perks of working in a store down by the river! We work hard and play hard here at NOC. You’ll often find our staff paddling, hiking, mountain biking or hanging out by the river in a hammock and that’s just on lunch break. 

Retail Paddlesports Associates should be enthusiastic and knowledgable about the outdoor adventures and products that NOC sells. This position is expected to provide extraordinary guest experiences by proactively assisting all guests. Paddlesport Associates will have a primary focus on selling kayaking/paddlesports gear and equipment, helping with demo boats and providing relevant suggestions in regards to local rivers, outfitting and gear decisions. This position reports directly to Store Management and Shift Leaders. This is typically a seasonal position that runs from April through September. Depending on Store needs there may be additional shoulder season work to extend your season.  



  • Personable, dependable, and should have a strong understanding of how to provide excellent guest service to our guests
  • Enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the outdoor adventures and products that the NOC promotes and sells
  • Previous experience with selling paddlesports equipment; particularly whitewater kayaks, apparel, and equipment
  • Experience with recreational kayaks, canoes, rafts, and stand-up-paddle boards
  • Knowledge of manufacturer’s that supply the sales floor of the Outfitter’s Store
  • Ability to function as a team player and positively receive direction
  • Ability to self motivate and independently notice and manage time-sensitive tasks
  • Willing to learn about new products and the adventure offerings local to our region


  • 2 years of whitewater kayaking experience
  • 1 year of cashier experience
  • 1 year of customer service experience

 Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:


  • Must be able to see, hear, speak and write clearly in order to communicate with employees and/or other customers.
  • Manual dexterity required.
  • Ability to lift and move 75lbs, considerable walking

The above noted 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 the position.  As the nature of business demands change, so too may the essential functions of the 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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