The Spirit of Alpinism

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Opportunities in Guiding, Operations, Retail, and Administration

We regularly recruit for the following positions. If you would like more details regarding a position, please call or email us. Although we are not always hiring for all the positions listed, we are always glad to talk to people who share our mission of mountain education and recreation. 

Instructor and Guide

We accept full-time seasonal and full-time year-round guide applications between November 1st and January 31 of each year. All new full-time seasonal and full-time year-round guides participate in a 3-week guide training period, which usually takes place in early May. Click here for more information. We accept part-time guide applications for the Desert Southwest, from AIARE Instructors, and from IFMGA guides for European work throughout the year. To apply for any one of these positions, including full-time year-round and full-time seasonal guide, click here. If you have any questions, email Jason Martin at

Update: Please note that we are now asking for applications by January 31st. Additionally, part of our guide training will take place in Las Vegas at the end of March. The other half will take place in the Cascades at the beginning of May.

Alaska Range Internship

Every spring AAI runs eight to fifteen trips in the Alaska Range out of Talkeetna, AK. These trips are supported by a seasonal intern that helps the guides plan and pack for the trips. Interns generally start their season in mid-April and finish their season in mid-July. We accept applications for this very competetive internship between November 1st and January 21st. To read a prospectus about this intership, click here. If you would like to apply, click here. If you have any questions, email Wyatt Evenson at

Executive Cleaning Wizard

This job is a one-evening-a-week cleaning job at American Alpine Institute in Fairhaven.  Hours are 1.5 to 2 hours per week at $15/hour from 5:30 pm to between 7:00 and 7:30 pm.  Our preference is that this be on Wednesday or Thursday.  The first half-hour of work is in the equipment shop (main floor only, not the rental department) because the building closes at 6 pm.  The rest of the cleaning is in the administrative building.

The duties are normal cleaning duties in an office that is kept pretty clean by the staff.  The work includes vacuuming, mopping (dry and wet), dusting, cleaning fixtures, counters, and desks each week.  By mutual agreement, there can be additional hours on occasion for special cleaning projects (like windows) or office tasks as an administrative assistant; this would be in the afternoon and is not a requirement. Click here if you would like to apply.

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