Join our fun team and put your talents to work connecting people with great experiences on the river. We are hiring for part-time seasonal positions starting as early as mid-April. To apply for a position, please click the link below to fill out an application as soon as possible. . Email Sonya Silver at sonya@rivannarivercompany.com if you have questions or would like to submit a resume in addition to your application (not required). 

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 See below for job descriptions for currently available positions. 

  • Customer Service and Logistics Coordinator
  • Paddling Educator/Guide
  • Bus & Trailer Driver

Position- Customer Service and Logistics Coordinator

    • Availability for work on Saturdays and Sundays is an essential part of the position 
    • Starting Compensation is $12-14/ hour commensurate with experience, plus free use of our boats and equipment (year round), and access to discount purchasing of outdoor products through pro deals.
    • Weekly hours will vary, between 20 and 40 hrs. 
  • Candidate must:
    • Be over the age of 18
    • Have exceptional organizational skills and a mind for complicated logistics
    • Have a friendly demeanor and a genuine interest in customer happiness
    • Excellent computer and conversational skills on the phone and in person
  • Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
    • A strong understanding of all Rivanna River Company services
    • Greeting customers, answering questions, completing paperwork, collecting payments, and fitting gear for customers
    • Answering phone calls, taking reservations, and answering more questions
    • Learning to navigate our online booking and payment system
    • Updating other staff members on trip details and changes
    • Staying engaged during moments of downtime by self-starting on tasks such as cleaning and repairing boats, gear and vehicles, improving the grounds and structures on location, updating social media, and replying to emails.
    • Helping to load and unload kayaks, canoes, SUPS and tubes onto vehicles and trailers and to and from the river
  • The candidate who will thrive in this role will identify with the following qualities:
    • Likes interacting with, helping, and teaching people from all walks of life
    • Loves being outside and has a deep respect for wildlife and nature
    • Has the presence of mind to independently exercise good judgment in a variety of situations
    • Has an easy-going nature that will help them approach challenges and stress with grace and humor
    • Is committed to taking their work very seriously and themselves much less seriously 
    • Prior experience with customer service, outdoor recreation, wildlife and nature appreciation will be helpful.
    • Is available to work weekends and has a flexible schedule

Position: Paddling Educator and Guide

  • The Paddling Educator leads educational paddling programs for diverse clients, with a primary responsibility for youth programs. The Educator will foster enthusiasm for paddlesports and appreciation for nature and water resources while minimizing risks and teaching skills in a positive, encouraging manner. The Educator will work with groups from summer camps, youth clubs, scouting groups, schools, therapeutic recreation organizations, as well as help provide instructional classes and guided trips for adults. 
  • The position is based in Charlottesville, Virginia and is part-time and seasonal. Candidates must be available to work a flexible schedule during the summer months (school teachers looking for a summer job are encouraged to apply). Weekly hours will vary but expect an average of 2-3 days per week of approximately 6 hour shifts. At least 2 weeks in June will have 5 mornings per week commitments.
  • Successful candidates will have:
    • Significant experience teaching or instructing
    • Significant experience working with kids
    • Significant personal and/or professional experience with and enthusiasm for paddlesports
  • Candidate must:
    • Be over the age of 22.
    • Have a valid driver’s license and good driving record.
    • Have earned a Bachelor’s or higher degree.
    • Be able to lift kayaks and canoes.
    • Has or can immediately obtain First Aid and CPR certification
  • Compensation is $16-$19/ hr. commensurate with experience, plus free use of our boats and equipment (when available, year round), and access to discount purchasing of outdoor products through pro deals. 
  • Close training with RRC senior staff will precede independent responsibility in this dynamic and interesting role.
  • Responsibilities include:
    • Supervising assistant instructors and cultivating their skills.
    • Driving a large van with a trailer loaded with watercraft.
    • Loading and unloading kayaks, canoes, and SUPS onto vehicles and trailers, and bringing them to and from the water. This is physically demanding work.
    • Greeting groups, commanding attention, giving clear instruction and making an impression in a sometimes boisterous environment.
    • Assessing risk and managing group dynamics with safety in mind.  
    • Continually adjusting instructional methods to match individual’s needs.
    • Teaching basic kayaking and canoeing on primarily flatwater. Some SUP paddling and river kayaking guiding/instructing may also be a part of this position.
    • Teaching basic naturalist skills and watershed science. A background and/or strong interest in wildlife, nature, ecology, and biology will be considered, though technical expertise is not required for the position. 
  • The candidate who will thrive in this role will identify with the following qualities:
    • Likes interacting with and helping people from all walks of life. 
    • Can lift canoes and kayaks and enjoys physically demanding work (ie not afraid to sweat)
    • Has the presence of mind to independently exercise good judgment in a variety of situations
    • Has an easy-going nature that will help them approach challenges and stress with grace and humor
    • Certifications in paddling instruction, wilderness first aid, and lifeguarding, will be considered in hiring decisions.

Position: Bus & Trailer Driver

  • Weekly schedule for this position may vary slightly, but expect 16-24 hours per week.
  • Availability for work on Saturdays and Sundays is an essential part of the position.
  • Candidate must:
    • Be over the age of 25,
    • Have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record,
    • Be able to lift 85 lbs.
    • Have experience driving trailers (some training will be provided)
    • Have a friendly demeanor and a genuine interest in customer happiness.
  • Responsibilities include:
    • Driving a 14-passenger bus with a canoe trailer in tow.
    • Backing up the canoe trailer at various river access sites
    • Loading and unloading kayaks, canoes, SUPs and tubes onto vehicles and trailers, and bringing them to and from the river. This is physically demanding work
    • Staying engaged during moments of downtime by self-starting on tasks such as cleaning vehicles, cleaning and repairing boats, running business-related errands, etc.
    • Give trip safety briefings to customers, and help launch them on river. This means public speaking and getting your feet wet.
  • Starting compensation is $13-$15 per hour (commensurate with applicable experience), plus free use of RRC boats and equipment (year round), and access to discount purchasing of outdoor products.
  • The person who will thrive in this role….
    • Can lift 85 lbs and enjoys physically demanding work (ie not afraid to sweat)
    • Can drive a small bus towing a trailer (in forward and reverse)
    • Likes interacting with and helping people from all walks of life
    • Has the presence of mind to independently exercise good judgment in a variety of situations
    • Has an easy-going nature that will help them approach the challenges and stress with grace and humor
    • Prior experience with customer service, outdoor recreation, wildlife and nature appreciation, and large vehicle operation will be helpful.