Volunteer Muriel and a Youth LEADer with their arms around each other's shoulders, by the river

Volunteers are the heart and soul of ETC, and represent diverse cultures, ages, occupations, and abilities. We provide expert training in wilderness skills, first aid, disability / diversity awareness, and environmental education. Every volunteer brings their own special talents and enthusiasm to the adventure. That is why so many of our participant groups return, year after year!

Have tons of fun while experiencing the joy of helping others:

  • Enjoy awesome adventures with great participants 
  • Discover an amazing community of adventurers
  • Develop outdoor guiding and group leadership skills
  • Change your life—and the lives of our participants!


We encourage all people interested in volunteering to submit a Volunteer Guide Application (see below).  Once received, we will keep these on file until we begin recruitment and interviews for the program-specific Volunteer Guide Trainings that occur each year.


Sea Kayak Program

Training for Sea Kayak Program Volunteers occurs in April of each year. Sea Kayak Training consists of two weekends of on-water training (one is an overnight on Tomales Bay and one is a four-day overnight on Angel Island).  Additionally there is also a mandatory Inclusion Training held at our River Camp one weekend in the end of May.  For more information on joining our River Program as a volunteer, please take a look at our Sea Kayak Program Volunteer Announcement. 

River Program

Training for River Program Volunteers occurs in June of each year, and involves a five-day guide school, a two-day swiftwater rescue training, and a mandatory Inclusion Training that takes place in late May.  For more information on joining our River Program as a volunteer, please take a look at our River Program Volunteer Announcement

Application Instructions

We ask all volunteers to complete an application and participate in a group interview. This process ensures that you are a good fit for the program and that you are fully aware of what it means to be an ETC volunteer. We look forward to hearing from you!

Application: Volunteer Application

Submit: Please submit the application materials via post, email, or fax to:

Environmental Traveling Companions

2 Marina Boulevard

Fort Mason Center, Suite C385

San Francisco, CA 94123

Fax: 415-474-3919

Email: info@etctrips.org


Keeping the great outdoors open to all.