Be a part of making the Rivanna River Co. a leader in friendly customer service, safe operations, and enthusiasm for the river. These seasonal staff members will be employed part-time from June through September. To apply for a position, please fill out the Application, and email or mail it our way. Feel free to include a resume if you need more space to describe your skills and experience.

Rivanna River Co. Job Application-Word Format (for filling out on computer)

Rivanna River Co. Job Application- PDF Format (to print)

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Job Descriptions for currently Available Positions

Customer Transportation 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 $14 per hour, plus free use of our boats and equipment (year round), and access to discount purchasing of outdoor products through pro deals.
  • 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.

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River Eco Tour Guide

  • Weekly schedule for this position may vary slightly, but expect 6-12 hours per week, mostly on weekends.
  • Availability for work on Saturdays and Sundays is an essential part of the position.
  • Candidate must:
    • Be over the age of 21
    • Have a valid driver’s license
    • Be able to lift 85 lbs.
    • Have or can immediately obtain First Aid and CPR certification
    • Have a friendly demeanor and a genuine interest in customer happiness.
  • Compensation is $14-$16/ hr. commensurate with experience, plus free use of our boats and equipment (year round), and access to discount purchasing of outdoor products through pro deals.
  • 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
    • Greeting and orienting guests with a smile
    • Giving trip safety briefings to customers, and help launch them on river.
    • Teaching basic kayaking, canoeing, and whitewater paddling skills in Class 1 and 2 rapids
    • Assisting customers safe passage by leading through rapids, helping pull boats off of rocks, etc.
    • Being and becoming more familiar with the Rivanna’s history, ecology, and wildlife and plant identification
    • Being a good listener and taking an interest in what our guests have to ask and say
  • 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 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, paddling, outdoor recreation, teaching and education, and wildlife and nature appreciation will be helpful
    • Certifications in paddling instruction, wilderness first aid, lifeguarding, etc. are also very helpful

Our Values

  • Cultivating respect and understanding of the river, its watershed, and its wildlife.
  • Welcoming everyone with a smile to accessible adventures that meet customers at their level.
  • Creating a culture of safety by slowing down, preparing fully and communicating clearly.
  • Improving quality of life by inviting customers to discover local geography, history, and nature in a new way.
  • Giving people new reasons to love the place they live. 
  • Creating a workplace that values creativity, listening, hard work, and a deep commitment to fun.
  • Catalyzing Charlottesville’s riverfront renaissance.

 

Our Vision

A healthy Rivanna River enjoyed, embraced and valued by the people of Charlottesville.