The Spirit of Alpinism

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Opportunities in Guiding, Operations, Retail, and Administration

We are currently recruiting 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. Most 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. Occasionally, we have open positions in the Desert Southwest for rock climbing guides and in the Northwest for AIARE Avalanche Instructors. 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 [email protected].

Assistant Shop Manager-In-Training

The American Alpine Institute is looking for a creative and energetic person who has great enthusiasm for people and climbing, and who has a desire to work for a company that is committed to providing the best climbing education in America.

We are seeking someone for this position in early March. As Assistant Shop Manager in training, you will play a pivotal role in managing a busy mountaineering and climbing equipment shop, with duties ranging from retail ordering to team management. This position will start as a lead equipment specialist for training and move into the assistant shop manager position in the fall. Please read the prospectus for the job before filling out the application. Applications close on February 15th, 2024. Click here to read the job prospectus.  To apply, click here to go to our online application form.

Equipment Specialist

The Institute is seeking a new team member to assist in the Equipment Shop. Come be a part of a very fun and supportive team as we work towards the goal of educating and equipping people so they can be comfortable and successful on their courses and guided climbs.  Please read the prospectus for the job before filling out the application.  Applications close February 9, 2024.  See the Equipment Specialist prospectus here and the application form here.



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