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We are now hiring for the 2023 summer season. We are looking for highly motivated candidates who love to be outside and enjoy working in the service industry. These positions start May 27th and go until August 27th with the option for contract extensions until September or October. Training will occur for the first 3 weeks after arrival. 

Internship Qualifications:

  • Ideal interns will have completed or be in the process of completing a degree closely related to the nature of the internship such as outdoor education or business majors intending to operate their own service-based outdoor business.
  • Climbing, backcountry skiing, and/or mountaineering skills are highly recommended but not required.

Single Pitch Instructor Qualifications:

  • Age 23 or greater with a minimum of 3 years of climbing experience including a diversity of areas and routes.
  • Significant personal skills in rock climbing, backcountry travel/camping, and other outdoor pursuits, expertise in teaching rock climbing, outdoor skills, and environmental consciousness; strong interpersonal / leadership skills;  excellent driving record; excellent physical condition; proven judgment and decision-making; and a desire to serve as a positive role model. 
  • A Climbing resume showing a minimum of 40 days of outdoor climbing per year and 20 days instructing climbing or guiding in the past year.
  • Demonstrated ability to currently and safely lead routes as follows: grade II, 5.9.
  • PCIA  or AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification. (Certification may be completed at the start of the season)
  • AMGA Rock Instructor Course (Not Required). 

Multipitch Rock Climbing Instructor/Guide Qualifications:

  • Recommended age 23 or greater with a minimum of 5 years of climbing experience including a diversity of areas and routes. Significant personal skills in rock climbing, backcountry travel/camping and other outdoor pursuits.
  • Graduate of at least a 2-year program in outdoor leadership or related field
  • Clean driving record and clean criminal background record
  • Demonstrated expertise in the following: managing top rope sites safely and efficiently and multi-pitch guiding of 1 - 3 clients on grades I-III, teaching and leadership, climbing equipment, anchor construction, improvised rescue, natural history, and outdoor skills.
  • Strong desire to serve as a positive role model to other guides, clients, and the climbing public.
  • Climbing resume showing a minimum of 50 days of outdoor climbing per year for the past three years including at least two Grade IV ascents and 50 days instructing climbing or guiding in the last two years.
  • Demonstrated ability to currently and safely lead routes up to grade III, 5.10, and A1.
  • Prior completion of PCIA (preferred) or AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification (currency not required taken RGC
  • AMGA Rock Guide Course (RGC) completion
  • Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification
  • Climbing Instructor & Camp Trip Leader Intern

    Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School
    Bar Harbor
    up to $5,000.00 / season + tips

    Dates: May 27th – August 27th

    Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School offers aspiring climbing guides and instructors a Climbing Instructor and Trip Leader Internship. Interns will lead several coed, week-long rock climbing and adventure trips in Maine and NH for teens. Interns also assist in providing climbing instruction to groups, families, and individuals in Acadia National Park and throughout Maine. We seek highly motivated expert climbers who are passionate about rock climbing and trip leading and who are attentive to detail, thirsty for knowledge, and willing to work a full schedule. In return, you will take home many new skills and experiences. 

     

    The primary purpose of this position is to lead summer youth camp programs and provide support logistics. Our camp trips focus primarily on rock climbing but also include group living, wilderness skills, cooperation, independence, and fun. Programs range from day camps for 9-12-year-olds to overnight lead climbing camps for older 13-18-year-olds. As a camp leader, you will have 24/7 responsibilities while in the field. In this position, you will be making real decisions with real consequences and expected to develop appropriate itineraries and curriculum material as well as manage course logistics such as menu planning, equipment, and camp preparation. 

     

    Periodically during the summer, you will have the opportunity to assist the guide staff with instructional days. The typical instructional day begins around 7:30 am with a morning guide meeting to set the stage for the day. Clients arrive usually between 8 – 9:00 am for most local guiding. During the summer a large percentage of the guiding in Acadia is comprised of half-day entry-level sessions for families, couples, and groups. These require a high level of organization and efficiency to get a reasonable amount of climbing in. Morning sessions run until noon with a 30 – 60 minute break before meeting afternoon clients. After returning from the afternoon session, guides are expected to put their gear away, complete equipment logs, and complete all course or client-related administration such as confirming payment, verifying client data, and reviewing evaluations. The day usually ends around 5:30 pm. 

     

    Interns are expected to arrive on May 27th for three-four solid weeks of training and to work through August 27th with possible paid extensions into October.  

     

    Location / Availability: This position spends a portion of time in Bar Harbor, ME, in Orono, ME, and in the field.  

     

    Instructional Related Expectations (75%):

    • Assist in selecting climbs and managing large and small groups of clients in busy top rope settings

    • Lead 3 - 6 weeks of youth climbing camp programs 

    • Respect and enjoy the mountain environment

    • Enjoy people and teaching climbing sports 

    • Demonstrate a high level of professional competence and ability to instruct technical skills such as belaying, anchoring, and partner rescue in an efficient and effective manner

    • Aware of strengths and weaknesses

    • Demonstrate sound judgment and decision-making skills

    • Tolerance and patience for adversity, diversity, and uncertainty

    • Punctual and reliable

    • Able to give and receive constructive feedback, sense of humor

    • Maintain a high regard for client safety and client experience

    • Learn client expectations and strive to meet them

    • Develop an appropriate curriculum for each client based on skills and ability

    • Relate local knowledge including natural and cultural history

    • Demonstrate and promote minimum impact practices and environmental awareness

    • Provide leadership, instruction, and medical care during an emergency

    • Inspect and maintain equipment

     

    Guide Administrative and Logistics Expectations (25%):

    • Review and file related client paperwork

    • Process reservations, prepare and edit written course materials

    • Plan curriculum and itineraries 

    • Plan and organize transportation, equipment, and food logistics for trips

    • Assist in climbing school operation, marketing, and sales 

    • Contact potential clients and sources of potential clients.

     

    Preferred Technical Qualifications:

    • Age 21 or older with significant personal skills in rock climbing, backcountry travel/camping, and other outdoor pursuits, expertise in teaching rock climbing, outdoor skills, and environmental consciousness; strong interpersonal / leadership skills with teens and pre-teens;  excellent driving record; excellent physical condition; proven judgment and decision-making; and a desire to serve as a positive role model to participants. 

    • Climbing resume showing a minimum of 2 years of climbing experience with 30 days of outdoor climbing per year.

    • Demonstrated ability to currently and safely lead routes up to grade II, 5.8.

    • PCIA or AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification. (completed at the start of the season)

    • Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification 

    • Demonstrated ability in the following: managing top rope sites safely and efficiently, teaching and leadership, climbing equipment, natural history, environmental consciousness, judgment and decision-making, improvised rescue, and general outdoor skills.

    • Requires excellent people skills, solid organizational skills, and a strong knowledge of outdoor activities and outdoor equipment.

    • Preference will be given to candidates seeking future seasons of employment and who are pursuing further guide education and certification.

  • Climbing School Management & Logistics Intern

    Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School
    Bar Harbor
    up to $5,000.00 / season + tips

    Dates: May 27th – August 27th

    Acadia Mountain Guides, Inc. offers a number of internship opportunities for qualified college and high school students interested in the fields of adventure education, climbing instruction and guiding, guide service management, and outdoor retail business management. 

     

    Our internships are true experiential education and hard work - you will be making real decisions with real consequences. You will be expected to be very motivated, a solid self-starter, detail-oriented, and willing to work a full schedule. In return, you take home many new skills, experiences, and insights that will prove beneficial throughout your career. Each intern will develop a focused project with unique goals and expectations that are mutually beneficial to the intern and to the organization. This should be followed through from conception to implementation early in the internship.

     

    Climbing School Management and Logistics Internship

    For this internship, Acadia Mountain Guides, Inc. is seeking a highly motivated, self-starting individual to assist in climbing school administration and operations.  The internship presents a broad exposure to the multiple aspects of running a small business with a focus on marketing and customer service. Interns will be expected to process course reservations, attend trade shows, create, edit and organize course support materials, shoot and edit climbing videos and photos, prepare itineraries, research new venues, inspect and organize equipment, organize trip logistics, prepare and edit newsletters, summarize client evaluations, and provide customer service via phone, internet and in-person. The intern will have opportunities to shadow or assist on field courses (rock or ice climbing, winter camping/mountaineering, wilderness medicine, and AIARE as season and skills allow).  

     

    Location / Availability

    This internship is available from 6 – 14 weeks from early spring to the end of summer in Orono and Bar Harbor, ME.

     

    Qualifications

    Ideal interns will have completed or be in the process of completing a degree closely related to the nature of the internship such as outdoor education or business majors intending to operate their own service-based outdoor business. Climbing, backcountry skiing, and/or mountaineering skills are highly recommended but not required. 

     

    Benefits 

    This is a paid internship with a salary that is commensurate with education and experience and the nature of the position (the typical range is $100.00 – 200.00 per week or $5,000 for the season). Access to professional courses (climbing/ mountaineering, Maine Trip Leader, WMA wilderness medicine, PCIA training) may be available in-house prior to the start of the season, at a significantly reduced cost.  Housing is limited depending upon location, and pro-purchase access. Worker’s compensation insurance is provided. 

     

    To apply

    Complete our application (available at acadiamountainguides.com) and return electronically with a letter of interest and resume to Jon Tierney (climb@acadiamountainguides.com) or via mail to AMGCS, PO Box 121, Orono, ME 04473. 207-866-7562. After receiving your application, we will evaluate it and, if you are among the qualified candidates, we will arrange an interview. 

  • Single Pitch Rock Climbing Instructor

    Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School
    Bar Harbor
    $18.00 - $25.00 / hour + tips

    Dates: May 27th – August 27th

    Position Description:

    Acadia Mountain Guides, Inc. is seeking a Single Pitch Rock Climbing Instructor for the 2023 summer season. We seek highly motivated expert climbers who are passionate about rock climbing and trip leading and who are attentive to detail, thirsty for knowledge, and willing to work a full schedule. In return, you will take home many new skills and experiences. 

     

    The typical day begins around 7:30 am with a morning guide meeting to set the stage for the day. Clients arrive usually between 8 – 9:00 am for most local guiding. During the summer a large percentage of the guiding in Acadia is comprised of half-day entry-level sessions for families, couples, and groups. These require a high level of organization and efficiency to get a reasonable amount of climbing in. Morning sessions run until noon with a 30 – 60 minute break before meeting afternoon clients. After returning from the afternoon session, guides are expected to put the gear away, complete equipment logs, and to complete all course or client-related administration such as confirming payment, verifying client data, and reviewing evaluations. The day usually ends around 5:30 pm. Each climbing school employee is expected to work an average of one additional retail day per week in our store and reservation counter. 

     

    Most employees are expected to arrive in early to mid-June and to work through August 20th. Options exist for shorter or longer seasons for exceptional candidates. Training takes place in mid-late June. Guiding in June is sporadic – expect 2 – 4 days per week. Things get busy in July and August with many staff working 7 days per week. 

     

    Instructor/Guide Related Expectations (75%):

    • Appropriately select climbs and manage large and small groups of clients in busy top rope settings

    • Lead 1 – 2 weeks of advanced youth climbing camp programs per season

    • Respect and enjoy the mountain environment

    • Enjoy people and teaching climbing sports 

    • Demonstrate a high level of professional competence and ability to instruct technical skills such as belaying, anchoring, and partner rescue in an efficient and effective manner

    • Aware of strengths and weaknesses

    • Demonstrate sound judgment and decision-making skills

    • Tolerance and patience for adversity, diversity, and uncertainty

    • Be punctual and reliable

    • Able to give and receive constructive feedback, sense of humor

    • Maintain a high regard for client safety and client experience

    • Learn client expectations and strive to meet them

    • Develop an appropriate curriculum for each client based on skills and ability

    • Relate local knowledge including natural and cultural history

    • Demonstrate and promote minimum impact practices and environmental awareness

    • Provide leadership, instruction, and medical care during an emergency

    • Inspect and maintain equipment

     

    Guide Administrative Expectations (25%):

    • Review and file related client paperwork

    • Process reservations, prepare and edit written course materials

    • Plan curriculum and itineraries 

    • Plan and organize transportation, equipment, and food logistics for trips

    • Assist in climbing school operation, marketing, and sales 

    • Contact potential clients and sources of potential clients.

     

    Location / Availability

    A variety of positions are available between May 20 – Columbus Day – some full season, some partial season.

     

    Preferred Technical Qualifications:

    • Age 23 or greater with a minimum of 3 years of climbing experience including a diversity of areas and routes. Significant personal skills in rock climbing, backcountry travel/camping, and other outdoor pursuits, expertise in teaching rock climbing, outdoor skills, and environmental consciousness; strong interpersonal / leadership skills;  excellent driving record; excellent physical condition; proven judgment and decision-making; and a desire to serve as a positive role model. 

    • Climbing resume showing a minimum of 40 days outdoor climbing per year and 20 days instructing climbing or guiding in the past year.

    • Demonstrated ability to currently and safely lead routes as follows: grade II, 5.9.

    • PCIA (preferred) or AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification. (Certification may be completed at the start of the season)

    • AMGA Rock Instructor Course. 

    • Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification

    • Demonstrated ability in the following: managing top rope sites safely and efficiently, teaching and leadership, climbing equipment, natural history, environmental consciousness, judgment and decision-making, improvised rescue, and general outdoor skills. 

    • Requires excellent people skills, solid organizational skills, and a strong knowledge of outdoor activities and outdoor equipment. 

    • Preference will be given to candidates seeking multiple seasons of employment and who are pursuing further guide education and certification.

    • May be waived for exceptional candidates. 

     

  • Multipitch Rock Climbing Instructor/Guide

    Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School
    Bar Harbor
    $18.00 - $25.00 / hour + tips

    Dates: May 27th – August 27th

    Position Description:

    Acadia Mountain Guides, Inc. is seeking a multi-pitch Rock Climbing Instructor / Rock Guide for the summer season. We seek highly motivated expert climbers who are passionate about rock climbing and trip leading and who are attentive to detail, thirsty for knowledge, and willing to a full schedule. In return, you will take home many new skills and experiences. Most of our instructors and guides begin their first year of employment as interns. However, for the already experienced climbing individual, we do accept applications directly into Single Pitch Instructor and Multi-Pitch Guide positions. We seek people with a career focus in climbing and mountaineering instruction and guiding and who are looking to make at least a 2-year seasonal commitment to AMG. Many of our employees become certified rock guides, IFMGA/AMGA full mountain
    guides, and/or accomplished outdoor leaders in other disciplines.

    Duration / Location:

    Positions are available starting as early as mid-April through late October with the primary season
    being mid-June through late September. For those new, to Acadia Mountain Guides you will be expected to attend instructor development training in late May and early June and we would be looking for at least a 75-day commitment over the summer season. This position is based in Bar Harbor, ME, and instructors may be occasionally expected to travel up to 30 - 50 miles to other local climbing areas. Travel beyond local areas, such as western Maine or NH is additionally compensated.

    Most instructors are expected to start work by mid-June and to work through late August or into September. Options exist for shorter or longer seasons. Guiding in May and June is sporadic – expect 2 – 3 days per week. Things get busy from July through September with instructors usually working full days for five days a week.

    Although not required, Instructors have the opportunity to work in our retail store/school office as well to earn guaranteed income. Many work 4 days guiding and one day in the store and office to help stay fresh and to help sell climbing experiences to the public.

     

    Instructor Related Expectations:
    The typical day begins around 7:30 – 8:00 am. Clients arrive usually between 8 – 9:00 am for most local guiding. During the summer a large percentage of the guiding in Acadia is comprised of half-day entry-level sessions for families, couples, and groups. These require a high level of organization and efficiency to get a reasonable amount of climbing in. Morning sessions run until noon with a 30 – 45 minute break before meeting afternoon clients. After returning from the afternoon session, guides are expected to put the gear away, complete equipment logs, and complete all course or client-related administration such as confirming payment, verifying client data, sharing photos, and reviewing evaluations. The day usually ends around 5:30 pm.


    ● Appropriately selects climbs and manages large and small groups of clients in busy top rope settings
    ● Appropriately selects climbs and leads clients on multi-pitch climbs
    ● Respect and enjoy the natural environment. Share local natural and cultural history knowledge
    ● Enjoy people and teaching climbing sports, natural history, and Leave No Trace ethics to people of all ages
    ● Demonstrate a high level of professional competence and ability to instruct technical skills such as belaying,
    anchoring, multi-pitch rope management with 1 – 4 clients, multi-pitch transitions, sequential rappels, and partner
    rescue in an efficient and effective manner
    ● Occasionally lead hiking or canoeing excursions
    ● Communicate regularly and professionally with co-workers, clients, retail staff, and senior leadership.
    ● Assist in mentoring climbing school interns
    ● Take daily photos and videos of clients, screen them and share them with clients and the school

    ● Complete trip expense reports, written trip and incident reports, and co-staff evaluations
    ● Possess emotional stability and maturity with the ability to self-motivate and rise early each day
    ● Aware of strengths and weaknesses and desires to both give and receive constructive feedback,
    ● Punctual and reliable with a strong work ethic, infectious energy, and strong resilience
    ● Exhibit tolerance and patience for adversity, diversity, and uncertainty with a sense of humor for when plans need changing
    ● Ability to work successfully with people from diverse backgrounds
    ● Demonstrate sound judgment and decision-making skills
    ● Maintain the highest regard for client safety and client experience
    ● Maintain familiarity with and follow AMG policies and procedures as put forth in Employee Manual
    ● Learn client expectations and develop an appropriate curriculum for each client based on skills and ability
    ● Provide leadership, instruction, and medical care during an emergency
    ● Inspect, inventory, and maintain equipment
    ● Co-Lead 2 weeks of youth climbing camp programs per season. Plan camp curriculum and itineraries in concert with the camp trip leader
    ● Live, teach and lead happily in variable weather conditions including rain, heat, and cold

     

    Preferred Minimum Qualifications:
    ● Recommended age 23 or greater with a minimum of 5 years of climbing experience including a diversity of areas and
    routes. Significant personal skills in rock climbing, backcountry travel/camping, and other outdoor pursuits.
    ● Graduate of at least a 2-year program in outdoor leadership or related field
    ● Clean driving record and clean criminal background record
    ● Demonstrated expertise in the following: managing top rope sites safely and efficiently and multi-pitch guiding of 1-3 clients in grades I-III, teaching and leadership, climbing equipment, anchor construction, improvised rescue, natural history, and outdoor skills.
    ● Strong desire to serve as a positive role model to other guides, clients, and the climbing public.
    ● Climbing resume showing a minimum of 50 days of outdoor climbing per year for the past three years including at least two Grade IV ascents and 50 days instructing climbing or guiding in the last two years.
    ● Demonstrated ability to currently and safely lead routes up to grade III, 5.10, A1.
    ● Prior completion of PCIA (preferred) or AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification (currency not required taken RGC
    ● AMGA Rock Guide Course (RGC) completion
    ● Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification
    ● Healthy environmental consciousness
    ● Excellent physical condition and
    ● Proven judgment and decision-making ability
    ● Preference will be given to candidates seeking multiple seasons of employment and who are pursuing further guide education and certification.
    ● Some qualifications may be waived for exceptional candidates.
    ● Flexible, fun, with a make-it-work attitude

     

    Benefits:
    ● A great opportunity to work for a grassroots organization that has been a consistent early adopter of cutting-edge methods and a supporter of high standards
    ● A chance to spend the summer in Maine and beautiful Acadia National Park where “the mountains meet the sea” with super easy access to climbing, hiking, kayaking, biking, and running
    ● One of the best aspects of working at AMG is the community of friends and climbing partners you will join.
    ● $136.00 / day base salary. All employees are hired as employees, not independent contractors, and receive
    worker’s compensation insurance.
    ● + 5.00 / day for each higher level AMGA course in the rock and alpine disciplines
    ● + $30.00 for certification as a Multi-pitch instructor, Rock Instructor, Rock Guide, or Tenured Guide
    ● + $5.00 annual increase for every 90 days worked.
    ● $40.00 lost tip supplement per day and overnight $30.00 supplement on youth camps
    ● Guides may choose an occasional third evening session which is paid hourly + 10%
    ● Maximum wage is $200.00 / day
    ● Annual education stipend of $600.00 available after 90 days worked. The stipend is pro-rated as the season progresses. Education must be approved, relevant to work, and used within the year. Examples: AMGA course, LNT course, WFR recertification, natural history course, professional memberships
    ● Access to pro deals from dozens of outdoor companies
    ● 30% off all in-store equipment and clothing purchases and AMG Courses taken within the year
    ● Access to ongoing training clinics and mentoring throughout the season led by Jon Tierney and Dick Chasse and other strong outdoor educators
    ● Free Maine Trip leader certification if desired
    ● Occasional summer socials to make it fun

     

    To Apply:

    Complete our application (available at acadiamountainguides.com) and return it electronically along with a
    resume and letter of interest explaining why you would like this position and why we should choose you to Jon Tierney (climb@acadiamountainguides.com). After receiving your application, we will evaluate it and, if you are among the qualified candidates, we will arrange an in-person or phone interview. If you accept an employment offer it will be finalized pending a complete background check.

How to Apply

To apply send a cover letter, copy of your resume, and completed application to climb@acadiamountainguides.com.

We review applications weekly and make our decision on new hires for the summer season by the end of February. 


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