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Interested in Joining us at Rutabaga Paddlesports?

We have a new shipping and receiving position available and are still accepting applications for our other positions! Please review the job descriptions below if you are interested in working with us. In addition, feel free to contact us to find out more about the availability of positions. 

Shipping and Receiving Position

Want to join a business with a fast-paced, chaotic environment with a bunch of Type-A people who scream a lot? We suggest becoming a stockbroker. If not, we'd rather you come work for us.

Rutabaga Paddlesports, the nation's premier paddlesports retailer, is seeking a person for a full-time shipping and receiving position.

What does that mean? You should be able to:

- Not be afraid of computers.

- Be willing to learn how to use point of sale and shipping software.

- Put things in boxes in a way such that they arrive unscathed.

- Be accurate so that the right thing goes to the right doorstep.

- Be able to accurately decipher packing slips and reconcile them with what we actually ordered.

- Put stickers on things so that the name matches the thing you're stickering. Constant vigilance!

You should:

- Be fairly smart.

- Be able to lift moderately-sized boxes of cool gear, up to 40 pounds.

- Be punctual.

- Not be an egomaniac.

- Enjoy working with really nice people.


- Don't care. If you have a degree, that's okay, but not if you are all weird about it.

- Shipping and/or receiving experience is fine, but an eye for a detail and meticulousness is more important.


- Fun place to work.

- Pretty good compensation with bonuses for performance.

- About 20 canoes, kayaks, and SUP boards you can use whenever you want.

- Random acts of chocolate and post-work visits to the pub.

- Dog-friendly (with exceptions for super hairy ones).

- Did we mention we're fun to work with? We really are. No, we're not perfect, and it's still work, but all it all, people like it here and tend to stick around a long time, so that says something.

If you are interested, please download and complete the application document and send it to Darren Bush via email at, fax at (608) 223-9303, or drop off the application in person at our store in Monona, WI. Please email Darren with any questions you may have. We'll get back to you promptly.

Outdoor Programs Junior Leader Development Program

June 11 - August 22, 2018

Are you are a high school student looking to gain leadership experience and work with kids? Consider volunteering this summer with our Junior Leaders program. We are seeking young people looking to gain leadership experience and have an opportunity to spend a summer on the water! Click here to learn more and apply. Applications will be accepted until April 22nd. Please return applications to Amelia Musser at or in person at Rutabaga.

Olbrich Park Rental Staff

Mid May - September 2018

We are currently still looking for a General Manager, otherwise all positions have been filled.

Rutabaga Paddlesports is seeking individuals for seasonal employment at our rental location at Olbrich Park! We are looking to fill General Manager, Assistant Manager, and Boat Crew positions, for both full and part time work. Click on each link for d/assets/images/JuniorLeaderApplication2018.pdfetailed descriptions of each position.  If working outside, providing great customer service, and being around boats sounds like your idea of great job then apply today! Download and complete either the Manager Application and/or Boat Crew Application and return by February 18.

Outdoor Programs Youth Instructors

June 4 - August 22, 2018

We are currently done with hiring for the summer but feel free to send in an application in case anything should change.

Does spending the summer on the water introducing kids to the joys of paddling sound like a dream job? If so, apply to be a Youth Instructor with Rutabaga Outdoor Programs! No previous paddling experience required. Applications will be accepted until February 18. Please click the following links for a job description and Youth Instructor Application.