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!


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 our 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).


Summer Guide School: June 2-6, 2016

Attend Disability Awareness Training: May 21-22, 2016

Swiftwater Rescue: June 18-19, 2016

Additional encouraged training includes: Wilderness First Aid, and Guide Refreshers (Offered for free or at a discounted rate for current ETC Volunteers)


  • Environmental Education
  • Outdoor Recreation

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Orientation or Training
  • Term & CommitmentRiver Guide School and Disability Awareness Tra
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