The primary purpose of this position is to lead summer youth camp programs and provide support logistics. Our camp trips focus primarily on rock climbing but also include group living, wilderness skills, cooperation, independence, and fun. Programs range from day camps for 6 – 8-year-olds to overnight lead climbing camps for older teenagers. As a camp leader, you will have 24/7 responsibilities while in the field. In this position, you will be making real decisions with real consequences and expected to develop appropriate itineraries and curriculum material as well as manage course logistics such as menu planning, equipment, and camp preparation.

Periodically during the summer, you will have the opportunity to assist the guide staff with instructional days. The typical instructional day begins around 7:30 am with a morning guide meeting to set the stage for the day. Clients arrive usually between 8 – 9:00 am for most local guiding. During the summer a large percentage of the guiding in Acadia is comprised of half-day entry-level sessions for families, couples, and groups. These require a high level of organization and efficiency to get a reasonable amount of climbing in. Morning sessions run until noon with a 30 – 60 minute break before meeting afternoon clients. After returning from the afternoon session, guides are expected to put gear away, complete equipment logs and complete all course or client-related administration such as confirming payment, verifying client data, and reviewing evaluations. The day usually ends around 5:30 pm.

Tagged as: Camp Staff, Climbing Skills, Instruction and Guiding


Age 21 or older with significant personal skills in rock climbing, backcountry travel / camping and other outdoor pursuits, expertise in teaching rock climbing, outdoor skills, and environmental consciousness; strong interpersonal / leadership skills with teens and pre-teens; excellent driving record; excellent physical condition; proven judgment and decision-making; and a desire to serve as a positive role model to participants.

Required Skills:

Demonstrated ability in the following: managing top rope sites safely and efficiently, teaching and leadership, climbing equipment, natural history, environmental consciousness, judgment and decision-making, improvised rescue, and general outdoor skills.
Requires excellent people skills, solid organizational skills, and a strong knowledge of outdoor activities and outdoor equipment.

Preferred Skills:

Climbing resume showing a minimum 2 years climbing experience with 30 days outdoor climbing per year.
Demonstrated ability to currently and safely lead routes up to grade II, 5.8.
PCIA or AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification and Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications are required but may be completed at the start of the season.

About Acadia Mountain Guides Inc

AMG was founded in 1993 and is owned by Jon Tierney. AMG operates a year round program of courses and guiding that extends from the sea side cliffs of Acadia to distant summits in South America and Asia. The school is AMGA accredited and all guide staff have participated in either PCIA or AMGA guide training and certification. Jon is an IMFGA guide who has served on the AMGA Board of Directors and the AMGA Technical Committee and was formerly an AMGA Instructor/Examiner. Jon is the current Educational Director of the Professional Climbing Instructor’s Association and was the original designer and catalyst behind of the AMGA Top Rope Site Manager (Single Pitch) program from 1997-2004. Jon is a LifeFlight of Maine paramedic and teaches at the community college. During the summer, AMG operates primarily out of Bar Harbor, ME – home to Acadia National Park and the summer camps start/stop in Orono, ME. Bar Harbor is a busy resort town similar to North Conway, Estes Park, or Jackson Hole.

Application Instructions

Please send all applications, resumes, and cover letters to [email protected], we will try to respond promptly within our regular weekly business hours.