Position Description
The Program Associate position is a seasonal 6-month position. The Program Associate is responsible for supervising and training volunteers and other seasonal staff, for leading sea kayak trips on San Francisco and Tomales Bays from one to five days in length, for developing and teaching environmental education curriculum, and for providing administrative support, such as pre- and post-trip communications, agency and volunteer outreach, and trip staffing.

Duties & Responsibilities
• 50% Acting as Trip Leader on trips and trainings
o Lead and mentor a team of guides and interns to facilitate one to five day sea kayak trips in variable conditions for people with special needs, under-resourced
youth, and benefit groups
o Facilitate activities focusing on group development, kayak instruction, environmental education, and human and natural history
o Provide safe, educational, and fun outdoor experiences for ETC participants
o Organize and lead environmental education trainings for new and current volunteer and paid guides
o Further develop environmental education resources and role model stewardship oriented curriculum
• 50% Maintaining program facilities and equipment, and providing logistical/administrative office support to the Sea Kayak Program Manager
o Oversight of San Francisco Bay and Tomales Bay equipment storage locations
o Assist in managing program logistics including equipment purchasing and sales, developing menus and conducting food buys, and moving equipment between program sites
o Assist with administrative duties such as booking trips, trip staffing, pre-trip communications, and post-trip follow-up
o Drive company vehicles to transport equipment and support program logistics
o Other logistical and administrative duties as assigned

Term & Commitment
• May 1, 2021 to October 31, 2021
• Twenty-two days per month. The Program Associate will be asked to work on weekday and weekend days and on overnight trips.
• Up to three weeks of unpaid time off can be scheduled during the season and should coincide with program needs

Reports To
• Sea Kayak Program Manager

• Monthly salary DOE. If more or less than 22 days are worked in a month, pay will be pro-rated accordingly.
• The ability to check out ETC sea kayak equipment for personal use (subject to ETC boat use policy)
• Access to ETC’s pro purchase programs with various outdoor equipment manufacturers

• Participation in ETC’s Sea Kayak Guide School in May 2021 (if available)
• Participation in ETC’s Inclusion Training in May 2021
• Individual training from Sea Kayak Program Manager
• Ongoing skills development throughout employment

Tagged as: Instruction and Guiding, Water Skills


• 2+ years sea kayak guiding experience
• 2+ years environmental education experience highly desired, preferably with both youth and adults
• Proven ability to set a positive tone while supervising diverse groups of people, preferably in an outdoor education setting
• Enthusiasm for sharing the outdoors with people of all abilities and backgrounds

Required Skills:

• Excellent organization, communication, and problem solving skills
• Able to work independently and comfortable working on multiple projects at a time
• Demonstrated office and administrative skills, with a high level of attention to detail
• Have a valid driver’s license and willing to adhere to ETC Driving Policies
• Experience driving large vehicle and trailers
• Access to a personal vehicle
• CPR and First Aid Certified (WFA/WFR strongly preferred)
• Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

Preferred Skills:

• Previous experience in kayak trip leader role (managing a team of guides) highly desired
• Experience working with youth or special needs programs
• Experience with boat/gear repair and maintenance

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 under-resourced youth.

Application Instructions

To Apply: Submit cover letter and resume with 3 references via email to Rose Livermore, Sea Kayak Program Manager, by March 15, 2021. Email: [email protected] Web: www.etctrips.org