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Position: Interpretive River Guide
Type: summer job / summer student position
Organization: RiverWatch Institute of Alberta
Location: Edmonton, Alberta

If you’re seeking career experience in environmental science, outdoor leadership and/or teaching, we’re looking to hire 4 good people for seasonal science and education adventures with RiverWatch!

RiverWatch is an award-winning registered Canadian charity delivering curriculum-based river studies across Alberta since 1995. More than 100,000 students have now participated in our programs. Wow!

School groups travel 10 km each weekday along urban rivers in large 20’ inflatable rafts, stopping at two shoreline sites for water quality monitoring to answer the question, "how healthy is our river?"

“Working for River Watch was one of the most gratifying employment opportunities that I have ever had. The opportunity to educate students about river ecology, environmental citizenship and water quality monitoring was simply fantastic.” Former RiverWatch Guide


RiverWatch guides work in teams to deliver river-based studies for junior and senior high science students. Each guide is responsible for the daily delivery and supervision of 15-18 students along a 10 km urban river route while in charge of a large inflatable raft equipped as a portable water quality monitoring laboratory.


RiverWatch staff receive training for all equipment, group management, teaching, rafting Class I-II urban rivers, logistics, safety management, science, natural history and wastewater tours. Following an intensive 6 days of staff training and ongoing mentorship, RiverWatch guides generally work 5 weekdays 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with occasional out-of-town work and/or weekend work.


Guides are paid a $150/day with $30/season cell phone allowance. Staff clothing is provided and expected to be worn daily. Those returning for additional seasons are provided with commensurate leadership opportunities and pay increments.


Applicants should enjoy working outdoors with youth while maintaining group instruction in the physically demanding environment of urban rivers. Guide candidates must have at least Standard First Aid; Cell Phone, good speaking voice; good organizational skills; tolerance and understanding of young people; a sense of humor; some familiarity with boats on moving water and paddling techniques; experience working outdoors in all weather; and a personal interest in science and the environment. Team work is an essential and enjoyable aspect of this work.

Ideally candidates are currently students and will be returning to school in the fall. There is the potential for additional work throughout the summer depending on the outcome of pending program decisions we will know in the coming months.

To apply, please e-mail your resume and a brief covering letter to:
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subject: Interpretive River Guide


Hiring is on-going and year-round until all positions are filled. More program and employment information is available at Applicants can email their resume and cover letter to:
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GoodWork ID: 37441       Date posted to Jan 10 2017