Staff Spotlight: Janet Monahan

Janet Monahan has been a manager at Barker-Ewing for over 7 years and is the definition of a jack of all trades. Year round she bounces from our booking office, to our check-in office, to our boathouse, and to the river! Whether she is making thai peanut broccoli salad or making sure everyone gets paid (she’s our bookkeeper too!) she accepts the challenge. Read on for more insight on Janet!





Yes… this was the only picture of Janet I could find. She does all the behind the scenes work!

1.  What three traits define you?
Positive, Perfectionist, Determined

2.  What is your personal philosophy?
Treat others as you would like to be treated.

3.  What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
Family… and wine.

4.  What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?
My two hand surgeries

5.  What is the one thing you cannot resist?

6.  What is your greatest fear?
Being 103 and not knowing who I am.

7.  Where is your favorite place to be?
At home or on a white sand beach.

8.  What is your favorite thing to do?
Quilt and be with friends.

9.  Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
Scotland….because of scotch.

10.  What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
Fur buyer.

11.  What does true leadership mean to you?
Teaching others to take ownership.

12.  Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?
Robot housekeeper.

13.  What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?

14.  What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
Art teacher.

15.  If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
Cupcake baker.

16.  What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
Have more fun.

17.  What are your three most overused words/phrases?
Barker-Ewing Whitewater this is Janet how may I help you?

18.  How do you define success?
My family and children being happy.

19.  What is the best book you have ever read?
Too many to choose from!

20.  Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I owned a diaper company named “Dirty Dozens”



Behind the Scenes

Ever wonder what goes into the making of a whitewater trip? The coordination between office staff, boat house managers, river guides, and bus drivers? Well, look no further. Read on for a behind the scenes look into how all the different parts of Barker-Ewing come together to give you the trip of a lifetime!

  • Office Workers

    Ring ring ring… they’re here to answer your questions all day long. Taking calls, booking trips, and answering questions is their forte. Our “Main Office” workers are the super friendly people you talk to on the phone. They answer any of your questions from “what happens if its raining” to “whats the difference between an 8-man and 14-man raft.”

Taking calls and booking reservations2015 Brochures are in!

July 4th outside of the Main Office


  • Trip Check-in Office Workers 

    Our “Hillside” office staff makes sure everyone has their risk forms signed because safety is our #1 priority. They also give out wetsuits and watershoes for chillier days on the river. They can sell you snacks, drinks, and Barker-Ewing swag to go home with. Make sure you meet us at 945 West Broadway… and not our booking office!


Ready to Raft!Party at Hillside

  • Bus Driver/Van Drivers

    The wheels on the bus go round and round. Our bus driver squad brings you where you need to be when you need to be there. They’re especially known for their impeccable driving skills and corny jokes.

Matt the bus driverBus DriverHangin' on the bus


  • Boat House Crew 

    These team players do all the dirty work. They are in charge of organizing and scheduling which rafts will be where on the river. They’re also in charge of making sure the rafts are up and running! This can be very hard because there is no cell service in the canyon, so we use radios to stay in touch. Over and out!

Rafts Ready to Go!Getting rafts readyInspecting the Rafts

  • River Guides

    These ladies and gents are in charge of making sure you have fun and that you are safe on the river. They teach you their know-how and tell you river stories while you’re rafting down the Snake. Their main mission is that everyone has fun- and gets wet! See who could be taking you down the river here.

Being a Guide is Fun!

Ben Watts, GuideRiver Guide

  • Servers/ Camp Staff

    Dinner is served! These folks give you a fine dining experience in the middle of the woods. How do we do it? With killer staff that love food and care about how tasty your dinner is. On our breakfast, lunch, dinner, and overnight trips we serve you both delicious meals and a good time.

ServingServing DinnerSteak, calico baked beans, corn, fresh green salad, garlic bread, peach cobbler


PHEW.. glad all that works done. Work hard play hard!

Indian Paintbrush, Behind the Scenes

Pig WrestlingStaff Parties