Canoe Guide

Community Programs Department

Chattahoochee Nature Center


Job Description: Canoe Guides are responsible for leading trips for the public and providing interpretation, safety, and exceptional customer service to visitors during river (2 ½ hour) and pond canoe programs (1 ½ hour). Trips provide opportunities for both adults and children to learn about the natural history of the plants and animals of the Chattahoochee River as well as the important water quality issues associated with it. Guides must also provide canoeing instruction. This is a seasonal, part-time, non-exempt position that reports to the Senior Director of Learning and Engagement. Guides commit to signing up for at least 4 evening river programs and at least 1 daytime river program or pond program per month (all trips may not occur).

Duration and Hours:
Seasonal Position, mid-March – November
April – May, September: Saturdays – Sundays: 4:30 – 8:30 PM
June – August: Saturdays – Sundays: 5:30 – 9:30 PM
October: Saturdays and Sundays: 4:00 – 8:00 PM
November Saturdays and Sundays: 3:00 – 7:00 PM
Family Canoe Days: April – August: Saturday 9:00 AM – 1PM, September – October: Saturday 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Several Specialty Trips on Friday evenings and daytime trips on weekdays/weekends throughout the season.
Private Canoe Excursions: Scheduled as requested



  • Must be at least 18 years old, college degree or actively pursuing degree, or equivalent experience
  • Moderate to advanced canoe skills on the river (including ability to swim)
  • Excellent instruction skills, including teaching canoe skills
  • Knowledge of GA natural history and ecology (additional training provided)
  • Enthusiasm and respect for nature
  • Interpretation experience in a natural setting preferred
  • CPR/First Aid Training (training provided)
  • Dependability and professionalism with groups
  • Exceptional Customer Service
  • Must be able to lift and carry a canoe (50lb+)
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Willingness to work outdoors in any conditions (heat, cold, potential inclement weather)
  • Valid Georgia Driver’s License



  • Guide at least 4 evening programs a month sharing information on the natural history of the Chattahoochee River
  • Guide at least 1 daytime program a month providing an introduction to canoeing or daytime river program
  • Attend mandatory classroom and on the water training
  • Transport canoes and gear to the river, and assist in gear maintenance (includes lifting)
  • Participate in end of season close up, including hauling gear to off-season storage
  • Support the efforts of all staff and volunteers at CNC
  • Assist in managing and organizing canoe supplies as needed
  • Additional duties as assigned

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Mark Gialanella at with Canoe Guide in the subject line. Accepting applications until filled. 

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