River Program Operations Manager

Job Description

Description of Organization: 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.

Position Title: River Program Operations Manager

Reports To: River Program Manger

Position Description: The River Program Operations Manger is responsible for the day-to-day management of the ETC River Camp. The Operations Manger directly oversees the live-in staff, leads on-river training opportunities, facilitates weekly educational workshops, and provides staff and volunteers with regular performance feedback. The Operations Manger 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 Manger 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 in Lotus, California.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Oversight of the Environmental Traveling Companions River Camp
  • Supervision of the River Program Field Internship
  • Supervision of Live-In Trip Leader and Senior Trip Leader positions
  • Support Volunteer Guides and Trip Leaders
  • Assist with the scheduling of Volunteers and Staff on trips
  • Act as a Trip Leader (Head Guide) on one to three day whitewater rafting trips for diverse groups of participants
  • Organize and lead trainings 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
  • Oversee vehicle drivers and implement Environmental Traveling Companions Driver’s Policies
  • On-site risk management
  • Develop relationships with local outfitters
  • Participate in program and self evaluation at mid-season and end of season
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 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
  • Experience operating large vehicles and pulling trailers, commercial drivers license strongly preferred
  • Swiftwater rescue trained
  • Current CPR and Wilderness First Aid certifications, WFR or WEMT preferred


  • Compensation:

  • Highly 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, California 

Job Availability: 


  • Start Date: May 1, 2017
  • End Date: September 30, 2017
  • Possibility for part time employment from May 1-May 15.
  • September 1-30 may become part-time (11 days) based on recreational dam releases (will be decided before start of employment contract)

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

To Apply

Application Closing Date: February 1, 2017

To Apply: Submit cover letter and resume with three references via email to riverprogram@etctrips.org with the subject line “River Program Operations Manager application”.


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3 - 5 years
Job Starting Date: 
May 1st, 2017

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