The river education program at CCA is multi-faceted and educators must possess a diverse skill set. Both the Trip Leader and River Educators are responsible for planning and executing all aspects of our river education and restoration programs. River educators work as raft guides, outdoor instructors, and restoration planners.

Educational trips are led on the Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado River, and various sections of the Gunnison River. Educators are in the field from 1-5 days at a time and must be comfortable providing meaningful learning experiences for youth, as well as, high-end adult adventures.

When not actively leading trips, river educators are responsible for support work which includes food shopping, trip preparation and clean-up, and equipment upkeep. They also assist in curriculum development.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Instruction and Guiding, Water Skills


The ideal candidate is professional, personable, proactive, enthusiastic, and dependable. They possess extensive physical and mental stamina. They can successfully maneuver a raft, read river currents, and prepare meals, while teaching and entertaining enthusiastically in varied environments for many days in succession.

Required Skills:

● Colorado raft guide qualifications
● Previous experience working with youth, outdoor/environmental education and teaching preferred
● Proficient, conservative, and safe boat handling skills in paddle rafts and/or oar rafts.
● Current Advanced First Aid and CPR certification
● Clean driving

Preferred Skills:

● Undergraduate degree in related field
● Familiarity with the Colorado & Gunnison Rivers as well as Colorado Plateau

For River Education Trip Leader position:
● Leadership and staff management experience preferred
● Trip Leader credentials in good standing

About Colorado Canyons Association

Colorado Canyons Association fosters community stewardship, education, and awareness of our National Conservation Lands with a focus on McInnis Canyons, Dominguez-Escalante, and Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Areas (NCAs) in western Colorado.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit resume, cover letter, and list of three references (name, email, phone) to [email protected] by February 6, 2021.