This position is responsible for providing excellent program instruction for our Mountaineers youth programs. Program Instructors will primarily instruct with Mountain Workshops, but may also assist with other youth programs or in the Gear Library. Mountain Workshops are single-day or multi-day partner programs designed to expose youth to basic outdoor skills. The curriculum is designed to match the goals of the visiting group and impart on the youth participants a desire to explore and conserve the outdoors. Mountain Workshops happen during the workweek, early evenings, and weekends.

Key Responsibilities

Belayer for Indoor and Outdoor Rock Wall during Mountain Workshops
– Inspect equipment prior to use
– Ensure all equipment is set up before group arrival
– Explain rules to group
– Belay group members
– Ensure safe, encouraging, and welcoming climbing environment at all times for climbers of all skill levels, primarily beginners

Lead Instructor for Mountain Workshops
– Teach curriculum in 1-2 hour blocks to youth and teens, ages 6-18. Curriculum may include:
– Map & Compass Navigation
– First Aid
– Climbing
– Outdoor Cooking
– Leave No Trace
– Snowshoeing
– Cross-Country Skiing
– Other outdoor skills
– Lead and/or co-lead day hikes, snowshoe outings, and day climbing trips to local crags (Exit 38)
– Manage physical and emotional group safety during programs
– Create a welcoming and inclusive environment for participants who may be brand-new to the outdoor skills being taught
– Collaborate with other program instructors, volunteer instructors, and assistants to present programs
– Assist with set-up, clean-up and curriculum development, as needed
– Train volunteer assistants, as needed

Quality Service
– The Program Instructor is expected to actively contribute to the creation of a positive learning environment by conducting themselves in a professional, friendly, and supportive manner.

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


- Experience in outdoor education
- Experience working with youth, including those historically excluded or underrepresented in the outdoors, and/or customer service experience
- Proficiency belaying with an belay device in a top-rope environment
- Personal experience hiking, backpacking, and/or snowshoeing preferred
- Ability to pass criminal background check
- Current First Aid & CPR certification preferred
- Ability to safely lead 5.6 sport climbs preferred

Required Skills:

- Ability to work evening and weekend hours, as necessary.
- Ability to lift and move 20 pounds regularly and up to 50 pounds occasionally.
- Ability to travel to offsite programs. Must have a valid driver’s license and/or reliable transportation.
- Ability to hike for 4 or more hours continuously.
- Occasionally required to bend, squat, run, or climb.

About The Mountaineers

The Mountaineers is a community of outdoor recreationists and conservationists founded in 1906 to explore the peaks and waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Today, we have 15,000 members and seven branches in Western Washington, where we deliver most of our outdoor education programming. Thanks to the work of generations of volunteers and our internationally recognized publishing division, we continue to enjoy an outstanding reputation in the fields of outdoor education, recreation, and public lands conservation and advocacy.

Our dedicated volunteers and staff get people outside to experience the power of the natural world. We advocate for access and protection of recreational lands so that future generations can enjoy these places too. Our core value of community reflects the belief that a diverse and inclusive outdoors inspires unity, respect, and passion for the places we love. Visit www.mountaineers.org to learn more.

Application Instructions

Full job description: https://www.idealist.org/en/nonprofit-job/519827ded701423f8519a2ae20374e88-mountain-workshop-youth-summer-instructor-the-mountaineers-seattle To apply, please submit cover letter (1 page max) and resume (1 page max) online at: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6745363/The-Mountaineers-Seattle-Summer-Camp Please include: 1) what experience, skills, and personal characteristics qualify you for this position and 2) why the mission and work of The Mountaineers appeals to you