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ORGANIZATION: Environmental Traveling Companions

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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


* 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, 2023

* Guide School: May 22-28, 2023

* Swift Water Rescue: June 3-4, 2023

Term & Commitment

* River Guide School, Inclusion Training

* 8 volunteer days during first year

* 6 volunteer days during second year

* River season generally runs May through early November

Training Cost: $625 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,


To Apply: Submit application available through a link at www.etctrips.org/volunteer/ with resume (optional)

to riverprogram@etctrips.org with the subject line "River Volunteer Application", by March 15th, 2023

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About Environmental Traveling Companions


2 Marina Blvd., Fort Mason Center Bldg. C, San Francisco, CA 94123, US

Mission Statement

ETC makes the joy and challenge of outdoor adventures accessible to people with disabilities and disadvantaged youth, inspiring self-confidence, connection to nature, and stewardship of the environment.


Since 1972, ETC has shared wilderness experiences including whitewater rafting, sea kayaking and cross county ski adventures to disadvantaged youth and people of all ages who are visually or hearing impaired, physically or developmentally disabled and people with life threatening illnesses.


People with Disabilities
Sports & Recreation
Environment, People with Disabilities, Sports & Recreation


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6700 HIGHWAY 49PO BOX 1035LOTUS, CA 95651



  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Water Recreation


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 8 Days during the first year, 6 days during second year
  • Inclusion Training: May 20-21Guide Training: May 22-28, Swiftwater Rescue June 3-4

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