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Love the outdoors? Enjoy working with youth? Interested in learning about the environment?

If you’re seeking career experience in science, outdoor leadership and/or teaching, we’re seeking 18 good people for science education adventures with RiverWatch!

“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 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’ rafts to three shoreline stops involving water quality monitoring to answer the question, "How healthy is our river?" 

RiverWatch staff receive training for all equipment, group management, rafting, logistics, safety, science, natural history and wastewater tours.  Team work is an essential and enjoyable aspect of this work.

We regularly post spring and fall employment opportunities seeking 18 staff for Edmonton and Calgary positions.  Hiring is on-going year-round until all positions are filled.

More program information is available on Facebook ("RiverWatch Alberta").

Contact us today for more information!



Multi-Season Interpretive River Guide 

RiverWatch is occasionally able to offer multi-season guiding positions of 4-6 months duration May-Oct.  These positions are the basic 5-8 week “School River Guide” position on steroids! 

Multi-season work begins with guiding our spring school programs May-June and then switches to a summer job with another partnering agency before possibly returning to work our fall school season.  

If you’re interested in the basic School River Guide position with a multi-season extension, you can inquire as to the availability in any particular year. 

School Interpretive River Guide

We have Interpretive River Guide positions available each spring and fall for 18 good people!

·         5-6 week positions working late-April to mid-June (Spring)

·         8-week positions working late-August to late-October (Fall)

·         Edmonton or Calgary

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

Applicants should enjoy working outdoors with youth while maintaining group management in a physically demanding environment on urban rivers. Guide candidates should have Standard First Aid certification; a good speaking voice; familiarity with boats on moving water and paddling techniques; experience working outdoors in all weather; and a personal interest in science and the environment.

WORK FOCUS

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. During the school program season, each RiverWatch guide has opportunities for professional development in diverse areas such as interpretation, science/environmental studies, teaching practices and paddling techniques.

Training and Hours
RiverWatch provides comprehensive training for all interpretive content; science procedures; teaching strategies; Class I-II river rafting; and logistical delivery. 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.


Remuneration

Guides are paid a base wage of $150/day and those returning for additional seasons are provided commensurate leadership opportunities and pay increments.

HOW TO APPLY

Qualified candidates in Edmonton and Calgary are invited to submit a cover letter, resume and references toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or fill out the "Apply Form" below.

More program information is available on Facebook ("RiverWatch Alberta").

Facebook (“RiverWatch Alberta”)

Driver/Support

We’re looking for three good drivers!

If you're mechanically inclined; physically fit; organized; helpful; and interested in obtaining a Class 2 Bus Driving Licence, we have positions each spring and fall school season in Calgary and Edmonton. 

·         Two-months late-April to mid-June (Spring)

·         Two-months late August to late-October (Fall)

·         Edmonton or Calgary

WORK FOCUS

The RiverWatch Driver/Support is responsible for driving a customized school bus while towing a raft trailer and providing logistical support throughout the day to a dynamic team of Interpretive River Guides.

The Driver/Support is the centre of the RiverWatch world, shuttling guides, rafts and equipment to and from the starting point, lunch stop and end of day points. This position is also responsible for keeping daily vehicle logs; fuelling; all day-to-day equipment maintenance; the moving and storage of student gear; and whatever can be done to support river guides in their work.

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

The Driver/Support candidate should enjoy working outdoors in a team environment while driving a very large vehicle. Driver/Support candidates should have Standard First Aid certification; a Class 5 Driver’s License; a clean Driver’s Abstract; be organized, punctual and reliable; be a team player;  understand customer service; be comfortable working outdoors in all weather; and able to lift heavy gear.

TRAINING AND HOURS

Working as Driver/Support includes comprehensive training for a Class 2 Licence; all driving duties; and logistical delivery. Following 2 days of driver training; driving exam; 7 days of logistical orientation; and ongoing mentorship, the Driver/Support will generally work 5 weekdays 8:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with some out-of-town work and/or on weekends. Driver/Support is paid a wage of $150/day and for those staff returning for additional seasons, there are commensurate leadership opportunities and pay increments.

HOW TO APPLY

Qualified candidates for Driver/Support in Edmonton and Calgary are invited to submit a cover letter, resume and references toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,or fill out the "Apply Form" below. 

More program information is available on Facebook ("RiverWatch Alberta"). 

Coming Soon

From time-to-time, RiverWatch may post available management team positions such as Executive Director, Operations Manager or Business Manager.  No postings are available at this time.

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Collection and use of personal information

Personal information is collected and protected by FOIP. It will be used to determine whether an applicant can be considered for employment, and once hired, used to compile a list of staff qualifications. If you have any questions about the collection and use of your information, please contact the Executive Director, RiverWatch Institute of Alberta at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-888-933-6300.

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