Colorado Canyons Association

Position Description: Full-time seasonal River Educator & Guide (April through October) - Grand Junction, Colorado 


Organizational Background

Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) fosters community stewardship, education and awareness of our National Conservation Lands with a focus on Dominguez-Escalante, Gunnison Gorge, and McInnis Canyons National Conservation Areas (NCAs) in western Colorado.  

CCA brings together diverse, often non-traditional public lands supporters to protect and promote the National Conservation Lands in western Colorado. Our group provides programs on the public lands that bring over 3,500 students, 600 community members, and several hundred volunteers out annually for outdoor education, river restoration, citizen science, and other activities. 

Position Summary

The river education program at CCA is multi-faceted and educators must possess a diverse skill set. River educators are responsible for planning and executing all aspects of our river education and restoration programs. River educators work as raft guides, outdoor instructors, and restoration planners. 

Educational trips are led on the Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado River, and various sections of the Gunnison River. Educators are in the field from 1-5 days at a time and must be comfortable providing meaningful learning experiences for youth, as well as, high-end adult adventures.

When not actively leading trips, river educators are responsible for support work which includes food shopping, trip preparation and clean-up, and equipment upkeep. They also assist in curriculum development.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties or responsibilities that will be required of the employee.


The ideal candidate is professional, personable, proactive, enthusiastic, and dependable. They possess extensive physical and mental stamina. They can successfully maneuver a raft, read river currents, and prepare meals, while teaching and entertaining enthusiastically in varied environments for many days in succession. 

Ideal candidates possess: 

  • Colorado raft guide qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in a related field preferred

  • Previous experience working with youth, outdoor/environmental education and teaching preferred

  • Proficient, conservative, and safe boat handling skills in paddle rafts and/or oar rafts. 

  • Familiarity with the Colorado & Gunnison Rivers as well as Colorado Plateau 

  • Current Advanced First Aid and CPR certification (Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, or Wilderness EMT certification preferred)

  • Clean driving record

  • Capacity for sustained physical activity, including but not limited to rowing, paddling, hiking, loading and unloading gear, and swimming in swift current

Compensation: $15-$16 hour, depending on experience and qualifications

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references (name, email, phone) to -Please, no phone calls.