Overview

Are you trying to break into the outdoor industry and don’t know where to start? Look no further!

We are recruiting Summer Gear Staff to serve as key members of our peak-season operational support team. The Summer Gear Staff team is responsible for the inventory, maintenance, packing, and logistics for all mountaineering courses, climbs, and expeditions. This position serves a critical function in the success of all Alpine Ascents programming and though it can be demanding during the summer months, individuals with a love for the mountains, attention to detail, and a strong work ethic will find it incredibly rewarding. We have found that this role is an excellent segue into guiding and many of our most talented new guides got their start through this role.

YOU’LL LOVE THIS JOB IF
You are interested in guiding, but you have limited climbing experience.
You enjoy problem solving and working with your hands.
* You enjoy learning new skills. Never repaired a tent? Now is your chance to learn!
* You want to meet new climbing partners, build community with mountain minded folks, and break into the outdoor industry.
* You have a furry companion. We are a dog friendly office and welcome well behaved canine associates with open arms and dog treats!
* You love a dynamic and fast-paced work environment – no two days are the same!

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
* Prepare equipment for multi-day climbs and courses
* Provide support for and assist with daily client equipment checks and trip orientations
Handle basic gear-related customer inquiries with a focus on quality customer service
Issue and de-issue climber rentals and group gear
* Thoroughly inspect, clean, and maintain equipment for safety and functionality (rock racks, avalanche transceivers, down parkas, ropes, etc.)
* Assorted retail and administrative tasks as needed (organization, inventory counts, re-stocking)
* Process credit card payments for rental fees and retail store purchases
* Other duties as assigned

WORK ENVIRONMENT
* Mid-April 2023 – September 4, 2023. Opportunities for further work in September may be available based on performance.
* 35-40 hrs/week with occasional overtime. P/T opportunities may also be available.
* This role is based in Seattle at Alpine Ascents International headquarters in Lower Queen Anne.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
* Competitive hourly wage
* Pro-Deal discounts for outdoor gear
* Discount at Alpine Ascents retail store (30%)
* Opportunities to join summit climbs or courses
* Mentorship opportunities from world-class mountain guides
* Discounts to local climbing gyms
* Be part of a tight-knit community of passionate mountain adventurers
* Team building work events like cragging sessions, mini golf, and cocktail hour!
* Stylin’ Alpine Ascents swag

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Full Time, Mountaineering Skills, Support Staff

Required Skills:

Adapt to varied tasks with a flexible, patient, and go-getter attitude
Demonstrated ability to work independently with a high degree of accuracy and efficiency

Preferred Skills:

Climbing and mountaineering knowledge/experience is preferred

About Alpine Ascents International

Alpine Ascents International is a leader in the mountain guiding industry and has been instrumental in setting precedent in the international guiding community since its inception in 1986. The company is based in Seattle, Washington and employs 80+ climbing guides.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should email a resume and a cover letter explaining 1) What experience, skills, and personal characteristics qualify you for this position and 2) Why the work of Alpine Ascents International appeals to you. Please send your application to [email protected] Interviews and hiring will take place on a rolling basis through the end of April or until available positions are filled.