Assistant River Stewards

Job Description:

The Farmington River Coordinating Committee has several job openings for the summer of 2015.  We are looking for Assistant River Stewards who want to keep our beautiful Farmington River clean, and help foster a safe and family orientated experience on the river between the various users.  This is a terrific opportunity to be outdoors and make a difference in your community.

We have two types of positions available:

1) Volunteers who can commit to work a minimum of 5 hrs per week.  Perfect for students looking to gain some experience towards their major, or local residents wanting to be active in their town, get outdoors and help a worthwhile cause.


2) Contracted workers who will be paid a stipend for their help.  These people will be scheduled to work at least 15 hrs per week.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Be a presence on the river during busy times.
  • Be a role model for proper etiquette on the river.
  • Help educate people about the ‘No Glass No Trash’ motto.
  • Help spread the word about ‘Carry Out what you Carry In’.
  • Interact with the various users on the river.
  • Collect information about users’ experiences on the river.
  • Help promote the junior river ranger program.
  • Be able to call the proper authorities if there is a problem on the water.
  • Work well with other people.
  • Report any river hazards encountered to the River Steward.
  • Provide assistance to FRCC events under the direction of the River Steward.
  • Help pick up trash along the river.
  • Possibly interact with DEEP officials and/or the local police.
  • On slow days may be asked to visit local businesses to promote our mission and hand out flyers.
  • Report regularly to the River Steward.

Required knowledge, skill, and abilities:

- Majoring in conservation or similar outdoor field is preferred

- Must love to work with people and be a good teacher

- Great communication skills are required

- Skilled in kayaking, canoeing or fishing is a plus

- Ability to relate to a wide variety of people from different backgrounds

- Must be able to judge situations

Job Requirements:

Applicants will be required to submit a resume and a work application form (please download from our website at  Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and have their own transportation.  All will attend a training day in May (date TBD).  The dates for this position are between Memorial Day 5/25/15 and Labor Day 9/7/2015.  This will include a combination of weekdays, weekends and holidays.

Work Environment:

The work is usually conducted outdoors near or on the river, occasionally in wet and/or humid conditions.  You will be working with other people on a team, and will often interact with users on the river – fishermen, kayakers, tubers, rafters, walkers, swimmers and picnickers.  There will be a fair amount of walking involved and occasional lifting.


How to Apply:

Please email your resume and completed work application form to  Application deadline is March 1st, 2015.