Telluride Academy’s Climbing Director (CD) is responsible for facilitating a safe and educational climbing program for Academy students. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Working with the Program Director to train appropriate assistant climbing staff.

Creating an organizational climbing curriculum and criteria that will be taught to all Academy instructors during the Academy’s annual staff training.

Becoming familiar with ALL Academy climbing locations and acting as a point of contact for site mangers and Academy Field Instructors when applicable.

Overseeing all top-rope climbing experiences and acquire and manage the appropriate additional staff to safely facilitate such activities.

Facilitating the Academy’s indoor climbing gym and bouldering sessions, if desired, when it does not conflict with top rope climbing sessions.

Coordinating with specific programs and program staff to facilitate daily climbing activities and logistics. The CD will work with the Program Director to create a climbing schedule that accommodates all upcoming programs. Once programming has begun, the CD will facilitate, instruct and participate with Academy students in a variety of climbing workshops.

Carrying (at all times) the Academy’s land use permits and be the primary steward of the permits, including submitting timely and accurate usage logs for post use reporting.

Managing trip/weekly budgets set by the Finance Director and given a company credit card.

Maintaining climbing gear inventory as well as working with the Program Director to order new and improved gear when needed.

Collaborating with Program Director to revise Telluride Academy’s Climbing Policies and Procedures as needed. This is to include emergency procedures and site specific resources as they pertain to an emergency.

Maintaining an accurate record and submit a physical copy of all Academy expenses and receipts at the end of every climbing trip or end of session.

Ensuring that adequate climbing gear inventory, equipment check-in and storage occurs at the end of the Academy’s programming week and the summer season.

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


Must have a current (or willingness to obtain) AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification.
Must have WFR certification (or higher), and CPR/AED.
Technical Resume listing rock sections/grade, lead type and roles.
Must pass a Federal Background Check
Must display a clean driving record

About Telluride Academy

Telluride Academy, based in the heart of the rugged San Juan Mountains, is one of the largest and most unique outdoor youth organizations in Colorado. Each summer, Telluride Academy, a 40-year-old non-profit organization, welcomes over 900 students who participate in more than 100 diverse programs. Telluride Academy offers programs that introduce children to the beauty of the natural world. Through exploration and play, we strive to inspire imaginations and instill an awareness and appreciation for the outdoors. Our curriculum encompasses specialized activities that focus on adventure education, art, ecology, science, mountain sports, performing arts, and regional and international travel.

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