The Colorado Mountain Club’s Youth Education Program (YEP) provides active learning through outdoor and adventure education. YEP uses an experiential approach to connect youth with their local surroundings, making learning relevant and fun by utilizing Colorado’s greatest natural resource: the mountains! Summer programming at YEP consists of week-long day and overnight adventures through Colorado for students ages 6-18. Adventures include rock climbing, hiking, paddling, backpacking, and more.

Position Qualifications:
• American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor certification or equivalent (or higher cert)
• Two or more years of significant rock climbing experience, including anchor building and institutional climbing instruction. Must be able to comfortably lead traditional climbs up to 5.8
• Ability coach & supervise a wide range of personalities, abilities, and ages
• Familiarity with other youth rock climbing programs, statewide and/or nationally
• Ability to work independently and in a team environment
• Ability to lead and direct other staff and interns
• Excellent communication skills and ability to mentor technical skills
• Sense of humor, ability to relate to youth and adults of all ages and backgrounds
• Current Wilderness First Responder certification
• Current driver’s license. Must be able to pass drivers test and have no moving violations within the past year
• Submit a criminal background check
• Must be 21 years of age or older
• Able to carry loads up to 45 pounds
• Ability to provide personal transportation to and from the American Mountaineering Center in Golden each day
• Preferred Qualifications:
– Bilingual in Spanish and English
– Ability to instruct other adventure education and environmental education programs

Position Responsibilities:
1. Facilitate a safe, positive, cooperative, and fun group environment with youth ages 8-18
2. Set up and break down of technical rope systems at specified outdoor crags and at our indoor wall
3. Co-lead instructor on day and overnight programs; responsible for group management, safety and well-being of youth participants
4. Understand and follow all YEP risk management and safety procedures
5. Demonstrate and instruct safe climbing skills including belaying, rappelling, knot tying, back-up systems, artificial gear placement
6. Coach students in proper climbing skills and techniques
7. Inventory and maintain climbing equipment and program materials daily
8. Ensure safety of self while setting up and breaking down technical climbing systems and model this behavior
9. Instruct and coach students in climbing concepts including belaying, knot tying, rappelling, back-up systems, equipment use and technique
10. Assist with training and supervision of interns and other staff during climbing programs
11. Create daily instruction plans as needed and co-lead daily activities

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education

Required Skills:

Dates of Employment: May 31-August 6, 2021 (included 5 day training prior to summer camps)

Compensation & Perks: $110-130 a day depending on experience.
• Free CMC membership with access to pro-deals with hundreds of outdoor brands

Preferred Skills:

For more information about the Colorado Mountain Club’s Youth Education Program, visit our website at www.cmc.org/youth

The CMC provides equal employment opportunities to all people regardless of race, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or any other basis protected by law.

About Colorado Mountain Club

The Colorado Mountain Club has been delivering education, conservation and recreational opportunities to the Colorado public since 1912. The CMC acts as a gateway to the mountains for novices and experts alike, offering an array of year-round activities, events and schools centered on outdoor recreation. The Club connects thousands of adventure-loving mountaineers and teaches the skills to safely and respectfully maximize living in an outdoor playground.

Application Instructions

APPLICATION DEADLINE: until filled- interviews/hiring on a rolling basis. Submit cover letter, resume and three references via email only to [email protected]

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