Instructor Job Description


H2o Dreams has been providing exceptional instruction experiences since 2012. Aimed at creating lifelong paddlers at every level, the ability to meet paddlers at their individual levels of comfort and desires is what sets H2o Dreams apart from the rest. Our goal is to empower, enable, and liberate our students so that they can continue to grow and progress beyond our classroom time. H2o Dreams does not work within a dogmatic instruction paradigm; rather, our instruction approach is flexible and dynamic to meet the diverse needs of our students and the demands of our changing river environment.

Skills & Qualifications

All instructors work through a mentorship process as an ASST. Instructor for a period of time with H2o Dreams. Even our most critical roles are not awarded without a pedigree in training and personal betterment no matter what your experience is. Please keep this in mind as you apply. Want to know more about our mission and teaching ethos?

This is a high energy, physically demanding job. Candidates should be physically fit, capable of lifting 50lbs, rigorous hiking, and long days in a wide range of weather conditions.

  • Must be 21 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license.
  • American Canoe Certification in discipline preferred
  • WFA/CPR or better (Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness EMT)
  • Comfort guiding and rescuing on Class III-IV preferred.
  • Exceptional verbal communication skills and desire to work with people of all ages.
  • Enthusiasm for education.
  • Detail oriented, safety minded.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Staff training on April 16-18, 2021 required.
  • Availability for H2o Dreams ACA ICW if not attending, a previous ICW must have been completed in the last two years
  • Availability for H2o Dreams ACA Advanced Swiftwater Rescue on if not attending, a previous course must have been completed in the last two years.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

Instruct paddling skills “safely, funly, learnly.” Instructors will be responsible for providing enjoyable and appropriate fundamental instruction to first-time paddlers and those at the novice level. An emphasis is placed on safety and enjoyment so that paddlers will continue to return to the river.

Instructors will be responsible for course preparation including gear organization, management of essential information of students, emergency action planning, and any additional logistics. Day-of responsibilities will include tailored instruction, group management, and quality demonstration of skills.

  • Manage, clean, maintain, and organize all equipment necessary for courses including but not limited to kayaks, safety gear, vehicles, and paperwork.
  • Maintain a high level of personal skill and physical fitness.

Benefits & Compensation

Competitive, negotiable, and depending on experience.