Seasonal Interpretive Guides 
RiverWatch hires thirty-two outstanding river guides each year for science and public education programs in Calgary and Edmonton.  Hiring is on-going and year-round until all positions are filled for spring, summer and fall seasons, so we’re interested in hearing from you if you have the passion and skills listed below:
·         Do you love outdoor adventure?
·         Are you fit and athletic?
·         Enjoy working with youth?
·         Do you have a good public speaking voice, outgoing personality, sense of humor and a ready smile?
·         Can you multi-task and create order out of chaos?
·         Do you have a background of youth work, science, swimming, paddling, team-work and first-aid?
·         Is the environment, water and climate change an interest of yours?
If you’re interested in guiding with RiverWatch, you're invited to first Google search and view our 18-minute YouTube video "RiverWatch Staff Training."  

If you've already viewed our Staff Training video and still see yourself being a RiverWatch guide, the next step is to send us your resume and a covering letter.  Be sure to include a description and details of your swimming, paddling and youth experience.  We want to be sure to match the best staff with their best-ever job!

Guiding Overview

Spring or fall school programs are delivered by guide teams based in Edmonton and Calgary.  

  • Each city sees programs delivered for 3000 students in a season spanning 5-8 weeks.  
  • Each weekday 8:00-4:00 begins and ends with teamwork to handle all rafts and equipment.  
  • Guides work independently through the day with their own group of 17 participants in grades 8-12.

Group Photo

Seasonal guide team are a blend of staff from different post-secondary backgrounds and differing years of experience with RiverWatch

School Guides

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

RiverWatch has seasonal Interpretive River Guide positions available each spring and fall:

  • 6-8 week positions April to mid-June (Spring)
  • 6-8 week positions working late-August to late-October (Fall)
  • Edmonton or Calgary

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Candidate Requirements
Applicants should enjoy rafting and teaching outdoors with youth while maintaining group management in a physically demanding environment on urban rivers. Guide candidates should have Standard First Aid certification; cell  phone; a good speaking voice; experience with paddling kayaks or canoes on moving water; and a personal interest in science and the environment.

Work Focus
RiverWatch guides work in teams to deliver curriculum-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.

Training and Hours
RiverWatch provides comprehensive, paid training for all interpretive content; science procedures; teaching strategies; Class I-II river rafting; and logistical delivery. Following an intensive six days of staff training and ongoing mentorship, RiverWatch guides generally work weekdays 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with occasional out-of-town work and/or weekend work. 

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

How to Apply
After viewing a training overview by searching YouTube for “RiverWatch Staff Training Video” 18 mins, qualified candidates for Edmonton or Calgary are invited to submit a cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or fill out the "Apply Form" below.  Be sure to include a description and details of your swimming, paddling and youth experience.


We’re always looking for river guides that can also train for bus driving!

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

  • 6-8 weeks April to mid-June (Spring)
  • 6-8 weeks late-August to late-October (Fall)
  • Edmonton or Calgary

Cenovus Buses Aug 2018

Work Focus
The RiverWatch Driver/Support is responsible for driving a custom-designed school bus while towing a raft trailer, in addition to providing logistical support throughout the day to a dynamic team of Interpretive River Guides. 

  • Driver/Support is the center 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; coordinating schedules with admin staff; trouble-shooting; team organization; 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 Unrestricted 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
Driver/Support includes comprehensive, paid training for a Class 2 Licence; all driving duties; and logistical delivery. Following two days of driver training; a driving exam; several days of logistical orientation; and ongoing mentorship, the Driver/Support will generally work weekdays 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 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 pay increments.

How to Apply
Qualified candidates for Driver/Support in Edmonton or Calgary are invited to submit a cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or fill out the "Apply Form" below.  Be sure to include a description and details of your swimming, paddling, youth work and driving experience.


From time-to-time, RiverWatch may post available management and leadership positions such as Executive Director, Citizen Science Manager or Business Manager.  As of Nov-Dec 2020 in response to a pending retirement, a posting for Executive Director can be found under our homepage "News" tab.

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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.