Become a Whitewater Raft Guide for Underserved Populations!


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


6700 HIGHWAY 49PO BOX 1035LOTUS, CA 95651

This boat is taking on a class III rapid with a guide, assistant guide and participant enjoying the ride!


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-resourced 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 whitewater rafting trips on the South Fork of the American River 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
  • Assistant Guide in a raft with a checked out Guide or Guide your own raft (following successful completion of the check out process)
  • Assist with all portions of day of trip logistics including equipment set-up, meal preparation, and trip closing
  • Facilitate activities focusing on group development, raft 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
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certifications are required (WFA or WFR are preferred)

Required Training

  • Inclusion Training: May 20-21, 2017
  • Guide School: May 23-29, 2017
  • River Rescue Certification: June 24-25, 2017

Term & Commitment

  • River Guide School, Inclusion Training, River Rescue Certification
  • 8 volunteer days during first year
  • 6 volunteer days during second year
  • River season generally runs May through early November

Training Cost: $475 covers all instruction, food, and overnight lodging (some sliding-scale scholarships available)

Volunteer and Training Location: ETC River Camp on the South Fork of the American River in Lotus, California

To Apply: Submit application available through a link at with resume (optional) to with the subject line "River Volunteer Application", by March 15th, 2017


  • Environmental Education
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Mentoring
  • Special Needs
  • Water Recreation

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Mandatory training dates; flexible volunteer dates

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