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South Yuba River Citizens League

River Captain

River People – Nevada City, California
Department River People
Employment Type Part-Time, Seasonal
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation $11 - $13 per hour

Program description:

Each summer more than 800,000 visitors journey to the South Yuba River to soak in the sun and rejuvenate in its sparkling waters, but it is at risk of being over-loved from such heavy use.  Trash gets left behind and accumulates along the river which is an eye-sore for people and a threat to wildlife.  SYRCL has developed the River Ambassador program in partnership with the South Yuba River State Park to educate and inspire visitors to join the effort to keep the river clean, healthy, and safe. Each weekend of the summer, teams of volunteer River Ambassadors and their supervising River Captains engage visitors in best stewardship practices by talking one-on-one with people at busy crossings, beaches, and trails. For more information about the program please visit 

Position Summary:
SYRCL seeks to hire three part-time River Captains who are enthusiastic and passionate about the Yuba River and its health. The River Ambassador program runs 15 weekends between May 26th and September 3rd, with mandatory trainings for Captains in May and July. River Captains work three to four weekends per month, on a rotating basis and will spend Saturdays and Sundays at the river with River Ambassador volunteers educating visitors about best stewardship and fire-safety practices.


NOTE:  River Captains must be available to work all weekends during the summer. The River Ambassador program will run during Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day holiday weekends. Please only apply if you are available to work these dates.  Applicants must also be available for trainings in May and as needed, in addition to post-program evaluation during the first week of September. 


Salary: Compensation will be $11-$13 per hour; this includes all trainings, post-program evaluations, and celebrations.  Reasonable mileage and pre-approved expenses will be reimbursed.


Primary duties include:

  • Coordinate with River Ambassador volunteers to confirm scheduling and all day-to-day logistics
  • Pick up outreach materials and set up booth each shift
  • Supervise and train volunteer River Ambassadors on Saturday and Sundays
  • Conduct direct outreach to visitors encountered along trails, at beaches, and parking lots with the     help of River Ambassadors 
  • Educate visitors about river stewardship and remove trash, dog waste, and fire pits as needed
  • Educate visitors on SYRCL’s programs.  Encourage membership and volunteerism.
  • Survey visitors, maintain daily logs detailing contacts made, litter-collected, and other data
  • Assist Stewardship Coordinator as needed in planning and implementing regular training and evaluation sessions, a mid-program potluck and volunteer appreciation event at the end of the summer
  • Develop outreach materials as needed
  • Maintain organized and fully stocked River Ambassador supply bins


Required Qualifications:

  • Extensive familiarity and love for the Yuba River
  • Excellent “people skills” including superior communication skills and a commitment to positive interactions with diverse visitors
  • Expertise in supervising and coordinating volunteers
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail for scheduling, data collection, and record keeping
  • Ability to train and provide feedback to volunteers
  • Ability to work independently, solve problems, and exercise good judgment
  • Have own vehicle with valid driver’s license and proof of insurance
  • Readily available by phone and email
  • First Aid experience a plus
  • Basic knowledge of ecological restoration practices a plus
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs, Email
  • Willingness to submit to a Livescan background check


Desired Qualifications:

  • Fluency in Spanish; ability to comfortably and confidently speak with river visitors in Spanish
  • Ability to read and write in Spanish
  • Create outreach materials in Spanish

SYRCL is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: River Ambassador training is May 16th, 2018 and the first day on the river is May 26th, 2018. Positions are open until filled. Please submit a cover letter explaining why you want to be a River Captain along with your resume.

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  • Location
    Nevada City, California
  • Department
    River People
  • Employment Type
    Part-Time, Seasonal
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $11 - $13 per hour
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