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Fishing Guides - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, recreation guides:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social interaction with clients. They spend a lot of time on the phone, writing e-mail and letters, and talking face-to-face.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.
  • Have a substantial amount of responsibility for clients' health and safety.
  • May work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Spend most of their time working outdoors, but work indoors planning trips and repairing gear.
  • May work physically near other guides or clients.

Work Performance

  • Must make sure that all details of the job are performed and everything is completed.
  • Regularly make decisions that greatly affect clients, coworkers, and their own reputation.
  • Must be very exact or highly accurate in performing the job. Errors could mean endangering client safety.
  • Set most of their daily tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor first.
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  • Work in a moderately competitive atmosphere in which they may compete for clients.
  • Must meet weekly and monthly deadlines.


  • May work 12- to 14-hour days when guiding wilderness activities. Trips may last from a few hours to several weeks. During trips, guides usually work seven days a week.
  • May work only seasonally or irregularly. The busiest months are May through October. Many guides work only during the busiest months.
  • Often must travel to different areas in order to work year round. They may travel to other states or countries.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.