Job Description

Barlow Adventures Seeking Talented Guest Services People

Call us for up to date Barlow’s career information: (928) 282-8700

Short Description

Exceptional customer service, communication and multi-tasking skills to handle contracts, reservations, phones, and Jeep washing & prep. Very active indoor/outdoor on-your-feet job. Strong guest services background and love of outdoors required. 4-day work week, with holidays and weekends required. Get dirty and have fun. Email inquiries or resumes to or drop application in person to 3009 W Hwy 89A, Sedona.

PLEASE note: this is NOT a mechanical position—this is a front office guest services position which does NOT require mechanical skills!

Long Description

To many people, working at Barlow’s might seem like a dream job: work with Jeeps, in a fun and casual atmosphere, in one of the most beautiful locations on the planet. Yes, it is all that, but first and foremost, it is actually WORK. In a nutshell, the job requires exceptional customer service skills combined with unflagging physical and mental energy.

The main facets of the job are handling rental contracts, instructing guests in trail driving and Jeep operation, managing reservations, and prepping Jeeps for rental. New hires start in the following order, and progress as skill mastery allows: first, Jeep washing; second, phones and reservations; third, rental contracts; fourth, preparing guests for trail and Jeep usage. We will train the right candidate for all of that—you don’t have to come in knowing all about the Axle Lock button, or how to strip the frame off a Jeep soft top, or even how to get to Soldier Pass—what you DO need is to be: highly self-motivated, but with a strong teamwork ethic; smart, without being arrogant; humble without being sheepish; both mentally and physically energetic and capable; all this with the amazing ability to mother the timid customers, tame the rowdy ones, and have them all eating out of your hand.

In the past, we have screened a lot of applicants who had a misconception of what the job is really like. It’s not glamorous most of the time. Let’s expose the “dirt” about working at Barlow’s…

First, we wash Jeeps. We wash Jeeps A LOT. And we wash Jeeps day in and day out in all kinds of weather. It’s like the Karate Kid workout: Your shoulders will be sore from the constant circular motion of washing and drying Jeeps, and your back will be sore from leaning over vacuuming interiors, and wiping out various unidentified sticky things that you really don’t want to know what they are. Your hair will get messed up and your coworkers will spray you with the pressure washer, usually by accident. Your legs will be covered in red dirt, and most likely you will develop calluses on your knees from kneeling down to spray mud out or inspecting the undercarriage. Your feet will get soaked—great when it’s 106 degrees out, but miserable when it’s 41 degrees. Bring a change of shoes and socks. And, sometimes, we even clean Jeeps with toothbrushes. I’m not kidding.

You will be on your feet most of the day. You will be standing, walking and running while answering phones, washing Jeeps, taking reservations, filling out contracts, talking guests through maps, demonstrating the features of the Jeeps, washing Jeeps, directing people to the bathroom, loading a cooler with ice into the Jeep, removing t-tops or soft tops from Jeeps, scraping up your fingers zipping windows into Jeeps, smiling while answering the phone while you are sucking on your sore finger, washing Jeeps, inspecting Jeeps, parking Jeeps, and washing more Jeeps.

You will be talking a lot, and you have to be charming the whole time you are doing it. You have to make people feel loved and warm and fuzzy from the moment they drive onto the property or the moment you answer the phone, even if your cat puked in your shoes and you bent your rear axle (again). You will answer tons of questions about Jeep rentals: what trails can we use, what time can we pick up the Jeep, how much does it cost, why is it so much more than Avis, how many people can we fit in a Jeep, do I have to make a reservation, do you have automatic Jeeps, do I have to be 25, do I have to have insurance, can I use someone else’s credit card, can I take your Jeep to Timbuktu, where are we located because the GPS sent us to the wrong county…You will also be answering tons of questions about Sedona in general: where to stay, where to eat, why aren’t the Hertz guys there, what are vortexes, where to shop, where to park an RV, what the weather will be like in 38 days, where is the nearest major airport, and how do I get to Sedona from there. After a busy day, you are tired of the sound of your own voice.

Then there are the times when we are not busy. That’s when we wash Jeeps—REALLY wash Jeeps—scrub upholstery, wax and polish paint, clean engine compartments, scrub tires and soft tops, and spray mud out of places you never knew Jeeps had. And when that’s done, we clean the shop. There is always dirt. ALWAYS. Shelves, carpet, countertops, bathroom, and all over the garage. There are usually dirty, broken and/or greasy Jeep parts laying around, too.

Some days the time just flies by, and you go home dirty and smelly and collapse on the couch. Other days drag by and you have to take a deep breath, look around and see what needs doing, even though playing Farmville sounds much better.

There are always list of projects that need doing. You will most often be working with one or two other crewmembers, but sometimes it’s just you, so you must be highly self-motivated. Your coworkers are highly self-motivated and expect the same of you. Anyone who is perceived to be slacking or not holding up their end is not tolerated for long. If there are dirty Jeeps sitting outside, a pile of dirty dishes, and dirty towels and coolers spread all over the shop, and you are sitting on the couch reading a magazine, expect some rather direct remarks.

Still reading? Okay, then here’s the good stuff…

Our Jeeps are awesome and you will get to know each one by name and personality. They also want to go out and play with you from time to time. Your coworkers are enthusiastic Jeepers and outdoors-people. They are smart, compassionate, supportive, and watch your back. Even though most of our crew members are college-educated, with business management backgrounds, and could run any of a number of different businesses, they have chosen, as you have, to take a job that allows one to go to work in a t-shirt, shorts, and flip-flops (or jeans and hiking boots, depending on the weather). While washing Jeeps or doing Jeep demos, you are outside, soaking up the gorgeous Sedona climate, which is great 99% of the year.

You get to meet people from all over the world, with diverse backgrounds, and all looking to you to help them have fun. Just in the course of the job, you will learn more about 4-wheeling and Jeeps than most people can imagine. There is the opportunity to travel to different 4-wheeling destinations and events and meet and work with people throughout the industry. You get to live in the Sedona area, and Jeep, hike, bike, and/or ride whatever to your heart’s content. There are very few days a year that are unpleasant enough to keep you indoors all day, and you are within 1-hour of high-country pines for cooler weather, or 1.5-hours of the lower desert for warmer weather.

Most importantly, you have to be comfortable in your own skin AND have an innate love of people to be able to deal with all of the different personalities that you will encounter at the counter. You must have the attitude that there is always more to learn, you must have the inner strength to wash that one last Jeep at the end of a long day, and you must possess the self-confidence to know when to say “It’s okay—I got this!”

Happy trails!

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About the Author
Nena Barlow
Nena Barlow

Barlow Adventures owner, Nena Barlow grew up in the Southwest, exploring the back roads by Jeep, horse, and hiking boots. She has been in the Jeep business since 1996, providing tours, 4wd instruction, location scouting, offroad event planning, trail mapping & photography, and recovery.

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