Acadia Mountain Guides, Inc. is seeking a Single Pitch Rock Climbing Instructor for the summer season. We seek highly motivated expert climbers who are passionate about rock climbing and trip leading and who are attentive to detail, thirsty for knowledge, and willing to a full schedule. In return, you will take home many new skills and experiences.

The typical 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 the 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. Each climbing school employee is expected to work an average of one additional retail day per week in our store and reservation counter.

Tagged as: Climbing Skills, Instruction and Guiding


Age 23 or greater with a minimum of 3 years of climbing experience including a diversity of areas and routes. Demonstrated ability to currently and safely lead routes as follows: grade II, 5.9. PCIA or AMGA (preferred) Single Pitch Instructor Certification and Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification. (These may be completed at the start of the season).

Required Skills:

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; excellent driving record; excellent physical condition; proven judgment and decision-making; and a desire to serve as a positive role model. Requires excellent people skills, solid organizational skills, and a strong knowledge of outdoor activities and outdoor equipment.

Preferred Skills:

Preference will be given to candidates seeking multiple seasons of employment and who are pursuing further guide education and certification.

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

Complete our application (available at acadiamountainguides.com) and return electronically with a letter of interest and resume to Jon Tierney ([email protected]) or via mail to AMGCS, PO Box 121, Orono, ME 04473. 207-866-7562. After receiving you application, we will evaluate it and, if you are among the qualified candidates, we will arrange an in-person or phone interview. We prefer in-person interviews and can often meet at organizational meetings or major climbing areas.