How Working at Wet Planet was Life-changing
If you don’t know her name, you probably haven’t needed help planning a trip or a course. Leah Wagner is our office and reservations manager and problem-solving guru. She’s been here at Wet Planet for six years. If you asked her seven years where she’d be working now, she would not have said a rafting company.
It all started in the summer of 2012.
Leah, who was living in Portland and working at an accounting firm at the time, ventured out to the Columbia River Gorge for a whitewater rafting trip with friends. This was her first time visiting the Gorge. She says she still remembers that day vividly.
She recalls so much beauty all around, the guide on her half-day White Salmon River rafting trip was Tyler Houck, and he and the other guides were having so much fun doing what they love. Since then, she’s participated in almost every course and trip we offer, she’s paddled several different sections of more than ten different rivers in at least four states.
From class V rafting on the Wind River, Hood River and the Farmlands to Idaho’s Salmon River white water rafting multi-day trip, Leah’s done it all. Throw in learning river rescue skills, how to kayak and how to guide a raft and she’s covered just about everything. She says, “I’ve always loved water, but I never knew I’d love river trips and whitewater as much as I do today.”
Whitewater rafting and river life are all about the people.
Sometime between the being unhappy at the accounting firm and where she is today, running Wet Planet’s reservations office, she’s learned to whitewater kayak, been certified in river rescue and learned how to row and guide a raft in our guide school. However, she tells me that it’s not necessarily the rapids that kept her coming back; it was the people and the culture. Leah ventured out to Wet Planet seven times that summer. She enjoyed seeing the camaraderie of the guides and staff. As she visited Wet Planet more often, she enjoyed everyone remembering her and including her in the warm community.
If there’s one thing Leah likes to get across to our guests it’s that we know and remember them. Whether she’s writing thoughtful notes or sending guests photos of their Husum Falls runs Leah always goes above and beyond. What’s Leah’s answer when I ask her why she’s been here longer than any other job she’s ever had? She enjoys the beauty surrounding us and the beautiful souls of the guides and guests she shares it with.
Don’t get stuck where you aren’t happy!
Looking for a change? Wet Planet is always looking to grow our talented team. From cooks to guides, photographers to bus drivers, we need you. Joining the Wet Planet family can change your life like it transformed Leah’s. So, give us a call, you’ll probably talk to Leah. Mention this post and let her know you want to be like her!
Author and photographer Mikey Goyette works on Wet Planet’s Marketing team. When he’s not in the office, you can find him in his kayak on the river or on the river bank playing Spike Ball.