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Spring Employment 2020

Position: Interpretive River Guide
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 1 good person for seasonal science and education adventures with RiverWatch!

Training: April 25, 2020 to May 1, 2020

Guiding: May 4, 2020 to June 13, 2020 with the possibility of additional days in June.

RiverWatch is an award-winning registered Canadian charity delivering curriculum-based river studies across Alberta since 1995. More than 150,000 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 three 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.


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; Clean Criminal & Vulnerable Record Check, Cell Phone, a 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. Teamwork is an essential and enjoyable aspect of this work.


Hiring is on-going until the position is filled. More program and employment information are available at Applicants can email their resume and cover letter to:

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 14 2020    ID: 56068