Friday, May 10, 2013

Rock Guide or Instructor Wanted - Leavenworth, WA

The Northwest Mountain School is looking for qualified rock guides and instructors to work Leavenworth and Seattle Rock Climbing Courses.  Daily job description involves guiding individuals and groups on rock climbs and instructional courses in the areas where we hold permits.  Most of the work will occur in Leavenworth, but some programs may involve drives up to 2 hours.  Preference given to individuals that can be the most flexible and available for last minute work.  You must provide your own climbing rack, personal climbing gear, and transportation.  This position is an entry level guide job and almost all of the work will be limited to short programs in Leavenworth, WA with opportunities to shadow rock and alpine (if interested) programs around Washington. See below for specifics of what we are seeking.

Rock Guiding in Leavenworth, WA
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Minimum of 3 years climbing experience
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Certification or higher
  • Minimum of 1-2 seasons outdoor rock guiding and instruction experience.
  • Willing to be based in Leavenworth during the work season.
John and Olivia Race, Northwest Mountain School Owners
Mandatory Items:
  • 21 years of age or older.
  • Current WFR (or higher) and CPR credentials
  • Current driver’s license & own transportation
This can be great work with great people!
Our Expectations:
  • Represent the guide service in a professional manner: On-time, well groomed, positive attitude, organized, focused on providing a exceptional client experience, and exceptional at risk management.
  • Respectful or the relationship between our guide service and the the customers we place you with.
  • Available last minute to accept short notice work and able to maintain a flexible schedule from mid-May - late August.
  • Familiar with the climbing opportunities in the areas where we guide or willing to become familiar with these spots on your own time prior to working there.
  • Be familiar with and supportive of LNT practices and local land manager regulations. 
  • Have excellent verbal communication and teaching skills and be willing to give and receive constructive feedback.
Tons to do in Leavenworth, WA in addition to climbing!
What we can offer you:
  • A stable work environment and the chance to work for a well respected PNW guide service.
  • Opportunity to shadow more experienced guides, up to IFMGA level, and further develop your guiding skills.  
  • Opportunities to break into alpine guiding by shadowing programs on Mt. Adams, Mt. Baker, Glacier Peak, North Cascades National Park, and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
  • Leavenworth location with diverse opportunities for personal rock and alpine climbing minutes from town.  Also a great location for white-water boating, road-biking, mountain biking, etc.
  • Guide Uniform 
  • Access to professional purchase programs.
  • Wage is dependent on experience level, but ranges from $95 (SPI) to $180 (IFMGA) for full rock days, substantially more for mountaineering programs.
  • Opportunity to work in the office or equipment management for an hourly wage during slower periods.
Our new office is contributing to steady growth.
About the Northwest Mountain School:  

NMS is owned and operated by John and Olivia Race, both IFMGA guides.  We started in 1994 in Seattle and moved the guide service to Leavenworth in 2000.  Our guiding experience includes extensive time in the rock, alpine, and ski disciplines.  These trips have ranged from 8000 meter expeditions to Antarctic Sailing-Ski trips, to guided ascents of well traveled and obscure PNW summits.  John has guided full-time since 1992 and Olivia since 2001.  2013 season NMS guides include Jared Bonea, Tico Gangulee, Quino Gonzales, Dallas Glass, Kurt Hicks, Dave Heinbach, Joel Kauffman, Pete Keane, Forest McBrian, Chris Meder, Nick Pope, Harlan Sheppard, Austin Shannon, Einar Steinarson, & Evan Woods.  We would love to add some women to the line-up!  We recently opened an office in downtown Leavenworth and have been developing our Washington business partially in response to being parent’s of 2 year-old.  Our sponsors include Patagonia, Petzl, Sportiva, and Cilo Gear.

Great work if you can get it!
How To Apply: Please send inquiries by email only to Rock Guide Jobs.  Include your climbing resume, a brief description of your experience and availability for summer 2013, and your contact information.  We will let you know that we have received your information and if we would like to follow up with you.  We only need 1 or 2 people and would prefer to fill the spot with someone we already know or  that can provide references from within the guiding community that we know and have worked with.  We will fill the space as soon as we find the right person.

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