Position Description: The River Program Operations Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management
of the ETC River Camp. The Operations Manager also assists with overseeing the live-in staff, leads on-river
training including planning and delivery of springtime training provides staff and volunteers with regular
performance feedback. The Operations Manager likewise oversees the logistics of the camp: ensuring that trips
are operated in an efficient and effective manner. This includes camp maintenance, river equipment care, and
repair, and oversight of the fleet of ETC vehicles. The Operations Manager is jointly responsible for program
risk management: Ensuring that all safety procedures are followed, overseeing check out runs for new Guides,
and responding to incidents that arise. The Operations Manager will also Guide and Trip Lead whitewater
rafting trips for diverse groups of participants. This is a residential position at the ETC River Camp, Lotus, CA.

Duties & Responsibilities:
• Physical oversight of the Environmental Traveling Companions River Camp
• Helps supervise Live-In Trip Leader and Senior Trip Leader positions
• Offer support to Volunteer Guides and Trip Leaders
• Act as a Trip Leader (Head Guide) on one to three-day whitewater rafting trips for diverse groups of
• Organize and lead training for new and current volunteer and paid staff
• Assess the skills of trainees and Assistant Guides by conducting check-out runs
• Supervise the upkeep and maintenance of program equipment and vehicles
• Conduct regular equipment inventory
• Drive company vehicles and comply with Environmental Traveling Companions Driver’s Policies
• In collaboration with the Program Manager assist with overseeing vehicle drivers and implement
Environmental Traveling Companions Driver’s Policies
• Assist with on-site risk management
• Participate in program and self-evaluation at mid-season and end of season
• Other duties as assigned
• Set standards for river etiquette

• Start Date: May 1, 2021
• End Date: September 30, 2021
• During the first 2weeks of May and the month of September work may become part-time and will be
paid per diem

Commitment: 22 or 23 days per month, with 8 days off scheduled no later than the first day of the month

Reports To: River Program Manager

• Competitive monthly salary depends on experience
• Tent platform living space and partial board
Criminal Background Check: Employment with ETC is contingent upon a criminal background check
Motor Vehicle Record Check: Employment with ETC is contingent upon a motor vehicle record check
Work & Living Location: River Program staff live on covered, open-air platforms at the ETC River Camp in Lotus,

Tagged as: Camp Staff, Conservation, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Water Skills

Required Skills:

Current CPR and Wilderness First Aid certifications,
Enthusiasm for sharing the outdoors with people of all abilities and backgrounds
Experience supervising staff required, experience supervising volunteers preferred
Excellent communication, problem-solving, and organizational skills
3+ years guiding Class III/IV rivers and experience working in a Head Guide role
Experience guiding paddle rafts and oar rafts
Swiftwater rescue certified

Preferred Skills:

WFR or WEMT preferred

Experience operating large vehicles

Commercial drivers license strongly preferred

About Environmental Traveling Companions

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.

Application Instructions

To Apply: Submit cover letter and resume with three references via email to [email protected] with the subject line “2021 River Program Operations Manager application”.

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