Become a Volunteer Sea Kayak Guide for People with Disabilities and Disadvantaged Youth!


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85 Liberty Ship WaySausalito, CA 94965


Description of Organization:

  • ETC is a non-profit, volunteer based organization that provides outdoor adventure and environmental education experiences for people of all abilities. ETC conducts Sea Kayak, Whitewater Rafting, and Cross Country Skiing trips for youth and adults from under-resources backgrounds and people with disabilities as well as extended Youth Leadership Programs for disadvantaged youth.

Position Description:

  • Our volunteer guides are dedicated and caring professionals who are also highly skilled in providing leadership on one to three day sea kayak trips on San Francisco Bay and Tomales Bay for people who would otherwise not get the chance to experience the beauty and challenge of the outdoors.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Seek to provide meaningful outdoor experiences for ETC participants
  • Work within a team of guides to ensure trips are operated in a safe manner
  • Paddle in a single kayak to provide safety on a trip or paddle in a double to triple kayak with ETC participants
  • Assist with all portions of day of trip logistics including equipment set-up, meal preparation, and trip closing
  • Facilitate activities focusing on group development, kayak instruction, environmental education, and human and natural history


  • No experience is necessary-only the motivation and willingness to challenge yourself and have fun
  • Enthusiasm for sharing the outdoors with people of all abilities and backgrounds
  • Experience with environmental education or leading outdoor trips preferred but not required
  • Experience working with youth or special needs programs preferred but not required
  • CPR and First Aid Certified (WFA or WFR are preferred)


  • Sea Kayak Guide School: 2 weekends in early 2016, dates TBA
  • Inclusion Training: 1 weekend in May 2016, dates TBA
  • Ongoing kayak and group management skills development available to current guides

Term & Commitment:

  • New guide training and Disability Awareness training
  • 8 volunteer days during first year
  • 8 volunteer days during second year
  • Sea kayak season runs March through November

Training Cost:

  • $350 covers all instruction, equipment, overnight reservations, and food for all of training (sliding-scale scholarships available)


  • Submit application available through a link at with resume (optional) to Oren Frey, Sea Kayak Program Manager, by February 15, 2016.

Environmental Traveling Companions

ATTN: Oren Frey

2 Marina Blvd.

Fort Mason Center, Suite C385

San Francisco, CA 94123

P: 415-474-7662 ext. 13

F: 415-474-3919


More info:


  • Environmental Education
  • Mentoring
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Group Facilitation

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 8 days per year
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