Who We Are
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 14,000 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. Our 45 staff, divided between our program centers and our nonprofit publishing division, Mountaineers Books, and 3,000+ volunteers work together to achieve our mission to enrich lives by helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Visit mountaineers.org to learn more.
This position is responsible for providing excellent program instruction for our Mountaineers youth programs. Program Instructors will instruct primarily with Mountain Workshops, but may also assist with other youth programs or in the Gear Library. Mountain Workshops are single-day or multi-day experiences 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.
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:
o Map & Compass Navigation
o First Aid
o Outdoor Cooking
o Leave No Trace
o Cross-Country Skiing
o Other outdoor skills :
· Lead and/or co-lead day hikes, snowshoe outings, and day climbing trips to local crags (Exit 38)
· Create a welcoming and inclusive environment for Mountain Workshop participants who may be brand-new to the outdoor skills being taught
· Work closely with other program instructors, volunteer instructors, and assistants
· Assist with set-up, clean-up and curriculum development, as needed
· Train volunteer assistants, as needed
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.
· Proficiency belaying with an aperture device in a top-rope environment
· Ability to pass criminal background check
· Experience working with youth, including those furthest from justice, and/or customer service experience
· Outdoor Education experience
· Personal experience hiking, backpacking, and/or snowshoeing
· Ability to safely lead 5.6 sport climbs is preferred
· Current First Aid & CPR certification
Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to The Mountaineers focus on advancing equity. Our core values are Adventure, Advocacy, Community, Education, and Volunteerism, and we believe a diverse and inclusive environment inspires unity, respect, and passion for our work and one another. We are interested in hearing from people who can work with colleagues of varied experience and background. The Mountaineers is an equal-opportunity employer, and candidates from all backgrounds are considered, and as an organization that values equity and inclusion, we highly encourage people of color, women, LG/BTQ individuals, and veterans to apply.
· Ability to work evening and weekend hours, as necessary.
· Ability to lift and move 20 pounds regularly and up to 50 pounds occasionally.
· During Mountain Workshop programs:
o Ability to stand 3 or more hours continuously
o Ability to hike for 4 or more hours continuously
· While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required stand for extended periods of time while leading youth, and must be able to hike on uneven and hilly terrain continuously for up to ten miles. The employee is occasionally required to bend, squat, run or climb as part of duties leading youth.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Who We Are
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 14,000 members and seven branches in Western Washington…
This position is for a temporary, part-time, non-exempt, as-needed employee, averaging 4-12 hours per week (subject to change with demand). Hours vary between weekdays, weekends, daytime and evenings. The pay is $16.69 per hour.
This position is for a temporary, part-time, non-exempt, as-needed employee, averaging 4-12 hours per week (subject to change with demand). Hours vary between weekdays…
To apply, please submit cover letter to Hannah Tennent that includes : 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 (1 page max) along with a resume (1 page max) online at link below: