Coordinates in-field aspects of wilderness based programming from September 1st to October 21st, 2022. This includes all trip logistics and the physical and emotional safety of participants, while engaging them in rock climbing activities. Climbing instructors may also lead other programming for BOLD & GOLD, including backpacking, hiking, mountaineering, and paddling.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Teaching/Education


1. Minimum 21 years of age or older.
2. Two years of experience or more working with teens in an organized setting, including facilitating activities addressing issues facing adolescents.
3. Professional instructional experience in backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking, and/or mountaineering.
4. Ability to plan, implement, and oversee a variety of wilderness-based program activities.
5. Current WA State Food Handlers Permit.
6. Current W-EMT, WFR, or WFA and CPR.
7. Current Driver's License.

Required Skills:

1. Be able to climb a variety of terrain and teach and role model movement techniques for that type of climb.
2. Have experience and knowledge of using specialized climbing gear.
3. Be able to effectively build anchors using gear and/or natural features.
4. Select, prepare, and manage top rope sites that are suitable for participants
5. Effectively manage a belay and be able to recognize and correct participant errors in belaying, climbing, and rope skills.

Preferred Skills:

1. Current Driver’s License with a minimum of 3 years safe driving experience and a driving record which meets or exceeds YMCA standards.
2. Prefer knowledge of and previous experience with diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.).
3. Ability to speak any language in addition to English


The BOLD (Boys Outdoor Leadership Development) & GOLD (Girls Outdoor Leadership Development) Program is dedicated to inspiring courage and confidence in diverse groups middle and high school aged participants through outdoor adventures. We engage over 1,000 youth annually on outdoor experiences ranging in length from 1 to 15 days in public lands including State Parks, National Forests, and National Parks. Activities include backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, fishing, yoga, art, music, literature, backcountry cooking, and having fun in nature.

Our goal is to increase confidence, courage, emotional intelligence, wonder, and community awareness in participants. We believe these traits are the foundations of leadership and work to inspire participants to develop their own leadership style. We prepare young people, from middle school on, to return to their communities as leaders through multicultural experiential education in the natural world.

Application Instructions

Please apply on our company website, https://external-seattleymca.icims.com/jobs/13577/bold-%26-gold-fall-climbing-instructor/job If you have any questions please contact our Program Director, Kayla Rosenow, at [email protected]