Climbing Instructor Job Description

Climbing Instructor Job Description

Climbing Instructor Job Description

Job Locations: 

Colorado:   Boulder, Denver, Golden, Highlands Ranch


Climbing Instructors work with a co-instructor and a Lead Climbing Instructor to guide campers through a week-long Rock Climbing camp. The Lead instructor is responsible for setting up top-rope climbing sites, though all instructors will help manage risk and offer comprehensive instruction specific to climbing. Instructors will mentor campers in the appropriate progression of technical rock skills and Leave No Trace principles related to climbing, as well as help campers develop confidence and foster teamwork in an outdoor climbing environment. Just as important, this position is about inspiring campers in new outdoor pursuits and having fun!

*Climbing Instructors may be asked to fill in for other instructor positions based on enrollment of programs.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide age-and developmentally- appropriate instructions in rock climbing, Leave No Trace principles, and teambuilding.
  • Manage safety at top rope sites.
  • Co-lead day trips to multiple climbing sites.
  • Transport campers in 15 passenger van and trailer when traveling off-site with group.
  • Provide exceptional customer service to parents and all participants in our programs.
  • Serve as a role model for campers in appropriate behavior, language, attitudes, and activities.
  • Provide guidance, supervision, safety and comfort for participants during all activities.
  • Thoroughly understand emergency action plans and help implement procedures if necessary.
  • Maintain cleanliness and orderliness of equipment, and report any damages to Camp Director.
  • Maintain excellent communication between campers, parents, and staff.
  • Participate in staff meetings and program meetings.
  • Take an active role in the continual evaluation of campers, programs, and staff.
  • Adhere to all of the policies and procedures of the American Camp Association.
  • Other duties as requested by the Camp Director.

Mandatory Training Dates:

  • Colorado Day Camps training will be in Boulder, CO:  May 17th-24th
  • Training days are paid- minimum wage. Training days where staff work towards and receive a certification are not paid.

Job Requirements:

  • Minimum 21 years of age.
  • Bachelor’s degree in science, education, or related field preferred.
  • All climbing staff will be accomplished and experienced in top rope climbing, rappelling, and bouldering.
  • Experience leading youth and a passion for working with kids.
  • Minimum of Wilderness First Aid prior to camp start date.  Wilderness First Responder certification also acceptable. Wilderness medical certifications must be delivered by a nationally recognized organization (SOLO, WMI, WMA, Aerie, etc.).
  • Basic CPR Certification from American Red Cross or American Heart Association prior to camp start date (CANNOT be a 100% online course). Certification can also be obtained during staff training.
  • Canoeing & Kayaking certification which can be obtained during Avid4 Staff training.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • High levels of organization, communication, and judgment.

Typical Physical Demands & Working Environment:

  • Course set-up, facilitation and take down is physically demanding requiring lifting and moving of heavy elements, setting up industrial type elements (such as portable climbing walls) that have large moving parts.
  • Outdoor activities require ability to bike, hike, climb and kayak at a level that affords an appropriate margin of comfort while instructing students.
  • Work takes place in outdoor environments in variable, sometimes extreme, weather conditions.

Hours & Dates: 

  • Typical camp schedule:   40 hours/week
Start End
Monday 7:00am 3:30pm
Tuesday 7:45am 3:15pm
Wednesday* 7:45am 4:30pm
Thursday 7:45am 3:15pm
Friday 7:45am 3:30pm

*All staff meeting every Wednesday at each location.

  • Camp dates vary by location and begin as early as 6/2/14 and end 8/22/14.  You will have the chance to indicate your availability and location preference in our online application.
  • Avid4 Adventure gives 1-2 weeks off during the summer season and can typically honor requests.  We do not give partial weeks off to ensure consistency with campers and parents.
  • Opportunities for continued fall employment in our School Programs are also available, though not guaranteed.

Compensation: Varies based on certifications and location. Please see our Colorado pay scale.

Application ProcessAPPLY ONLINE

  • Once we receive your application, we will review it thoroughly.  If we decide not to move forward with your application, you will receive an email.  If we are interested in moving forward, we will schedule a phone interview via Skype or Google Hangout.
  • If you are selected to move forward after the initial phone interview, we will follow up with a second phone interview if you are out of state, or email to schedule an in-person group interview if you live in the Front Range, CO. In-person interviews are 45-50 minutes.
  • Our team will do a thorough reference check with no less than 3 references.  Two of these references must be with previous employers or professors.
  • Once we gather all of this information, we will offer you a job on the following conditions:
  1. Successful completion of all background checks.
  2. Successful completion of a field interview in the Spring (if we have concerns regarding technical skills.) The field interview is part of the interview process and an opportunity for us to assess your climbing and biking skills. Candidates are not paid for this time.
  3. All of your new employee paperwork is submitted within 2 weeks of being offered employment (with the exception of a medical physical which at times can take longer).