The Master Trainer will be an experienced, qualified outdoor instructor with competencies in indoor & outdoor rock climbing and mountaineering expeditions. Candidates will have a passion for and experience in leadership, education, and women’s empowerment. The position will be contracted for 3-months, and is based in Pakistan.

The Master Trainer will prepare Instructor Trainees/Apprentices who may have limited or no experience climbing to become instructors for Ascend’s program activities. During the contract, the Master Trainer will report to the Director of Operations (U.S.) for the training program, and to the Country Director for all relevant issues concerning administration, HR, and logistics. They will support tasks for the program related to the training and eventual certification of approximately 10 Instructor Trainees/Apprentices.


Work closely with Ascend staff to deliver technical training to local trainees to advance Ascend’s curriculum, including: rock climbing, mountaineering, navigation, hiking, group management, expedition planning, emergency management and weather forecasting, security during outdoor activities , maintenance of sports and mountaineering equipment

Lead, teach and train Instructor Trainees on course topics including climbing, mountaineering, physical fitness and leadership, team building

Ensure Trainees learn First Aid, Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness Rescue

Collaborate with training and certification institutions to maximize training opportunities for participants

Maintain regular contact with local staff, verbally and in writing

Gather, organize, and monitor the progress of each Instructor Trainee through the life of the contract, providing monthly progress reports

Complete weekly reports and other relevant reports in a timely manner

Provide social media content to HQ

Oversee acquisition and maintenance of Ascend gear and clothing, and establish robust kit care system

Work with staff to plan and lead local weekly hikes and quarterly/semi-annual expeditions of Instructor Trainees

Represent Ascend professionally and act as a role model for participants and partners

Other tasks as assigned


The Master Trainer will live and work in Skardu, Pakistan. Room & board, visa assistance, generous annual leave, and travel expenses will be provided by Ascend for the duration of the contract.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Conservation, Instruction and Guiding, Medical, Mountaineering Skills, Teaching/Education


Essential Qualifications
Minimum of Summer Mountain Leader Award (Summer ML) mountaineering certificate, or equivalent
Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI, SPI etc.) or equivalent
Wilderness First Responder, Remote Emergency Care or equivalent
Prior experience in outdoor education and/or teaching youth
Ability to live in an austere environment
Good sense of humor
Fluent English verbal and written language skills Familiarity with Islamic cultures

Preferred Skills:

Bachelor's degree; experience working in developing countries; some knowledge of Urdu

About Ascend Leadership Through Athletics

Ascend empower young women through mountaineering-based leadership training and community service. Our program is based on 5-pillars of experiential learning: leadership, fitness, mental health, community service, and climbing and mountaineering. The program is designed to help girls who are underserved with significant barriers to sport and outdoor, unlock their potential and discover the inherent value in themselves.

Application Instructions

Please send your CV with a cover letter explaining why you are suitable for this position to [email protected] . Please state the job title in the subject line: Master Trainer application. Ascend: Leadership Through Athletics P.O. Box 7734, Arlington, VA 22207 www.ascendathletics.org