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 no later than mid March. . 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. 
  • River Hand
  • Bus & Trailer Driver
  • Summer Camp Assistant
  • Summer Camp Intern
  • Paddling Educator/Guide

Position: River Hand

  • Availability for work on Saturdays and Sundays is an essential part of the position.
  • Employees must:
    • Be able to lift 85 lbs.
    • Be 15 yrs. of age or older
    • Be comfortable working outdoors all day in the heat of the summer
    • Have a friendly demeanor and a genuine interest in customer happiness.
  • Responsibilities include:
    • 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.
    • Giving trip safety briefings to customers, and helping launch them on river.
  • Starting compensation range is $8.00- $10.00 per hour (commensurate with experience in customer service, leadership, and/or the outdoor recreation fields) plus free use of RRC boats and equipment (year round), and access to discount purchasing of outdoor products.
  • Employees 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 85 lbs 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
    • Prior experience with customer service, outdoor recreation, wildlife and nature appreciation will be helpful

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.

Position: Watershed Adventures Summer Camp Assistant 

Summary: The summer camp assistant position is a fulfilling, action-packed opportunity for any budding outdoor leader! First and foremost, the role of the summer camp assistant is to mentor and support our campers throughout an adventure-filled week. Camp assistants: 

  1. Are role-models at ALL TIMES. They model kindness, respect, and empathy through their behavior. 
  2. Support campers as they challenge themselves in the outdoors. 
  3. Develop close, trusting relationships with campers. 
  4. Ensure the safety of campers at all times. 

Location: Rivanna River Company, 1518 E High St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Requirements: 

  • Must have a passion for the outdoors and experience with outdoor sports, in particular, river activities. 
  • Must be friendly and approachable. 
  • Must be between the ages of 17-22 (unless circumstances merit otherwise). 
  • Must have experience working with and teaching children. 
  • Must have CPR/First Aid certification of some kind. Wilderness First Aid is preferred. 
  • Must be capable of working within a team. 
  • Must be able to lift heavy things, particularly boats of different types 
  • Must be open to giving and receiving feedback about their performance. 
  • Must have a strong work ethic, “There is always something I can do!” 

Time Commitment: 

  • Staff Training, April or May, TBD
  • Camp weeks (5 weeks total, 4 of the 5 weeks have 1 overnight per week): 
    • 6/15 – 6/19 
    • 6/22 – 6/26 
    • 7/6 – 7/10 
    • 7/13 – 7/17 
    • 8/3 – 8/7 

Compensation: Salary depends on experience, starting at $400/week. Applicants with additional experience or certifications will receive additional compensation. Throughout the interview process, we are open to discussing this! 

What is Watershed Adventures day camp like? 

The goal of Watershed Adventures is two-fold: 

  1. Expose kids to a diverse array of outdoor sports and experiences, all within the amazing wilds of our watershed. We believe that outdoor adventures offer a natural platform for people to push themselves and form strong relationships with others. 
  2. Through these outdoor adventures, we aim to nurture and initiate ‘Watershed Moments’ for our campers. ‘Watershed Moments’ represent critical turning points in the lives of our campers where they discover their love for adventure and the natural world, and or where their love and excitement for those things is deepened through an unforgettable experience. 

As Watershed Adventures, now in its third summer, continues to achieve these goals, we are creating a more environmentally conscious and responsible population of young people who will fight to protect, take care of, and clean up our Earth. 

Position: Watershed Adventures Summer Camp Intern

Summary:  The Summer Camp intern will work with and learn from expert outdoor educators and leaders, all the while spending time outdoors adventuring with campers. First and foremost, the role of the summer camp intern is to help the camp instructors, both lead and assistant instructors, with anything that needs doing. This means that the camp intern is constantly at the ready to help out in any way they can!  Interns also play a crucial role in mentoring and supporting our campers throughout an adventure-filled week. Camp interns: 

  1. Are role-models at ALL TIMES. They model kindness, respect, and empathy through their behavior. 
  2. Support campers as they challenge themselves in the outdoors. 
  3. Develop close, trusting relationships with campers. 
  4. Ensure the safety of campers at all times. 

Location: Rivanna River Company, 1518 E High St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Requirements: 

  • Must have a strong work ethic, “There is always something I can do!”
  • Must have ability to listen to and carry out instructions independently. 
  • Must have a passion for the outdoors and experience with outdoor sports, in particular, river activities. 
  • Must be friendly and approachable. 
  • Must be between the ages of 15-17 (unless circumstances merit otherwise). 
  • Must have CPR/First Aid certification of some kind. Wilderness First Aid is preferred. 
  • Must be capable of working within a team. 
  • Must be able to lift heavy things, particularly boats of different types 
  • Must be open to giving and receiving feedback about their performance. 

Time Commitment: 

  • Staff Training, April or May, TBD
  • Camp weeks (5 weeks total, 4 of the 5 weeks have 1 overnight per week): 
    • 6/15 – 6/19 
    • 6/22 – 6/26 
    • 7/6 – 7/10 
    • 7/13 – 7/17 
    • 8/3 – 8/7 

Compensation: Salary depends on experience, starting at $300/week. Applicants with additional experience or certifications will receive additional compensation. 

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, and others. 
  • 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.
  • 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.