Climbing School Management & Logistics Internship

Company: Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School


Job Description


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, avalanche as season and skills allow).  


Location / Availability:

This internship is available from 6 – 14 weeks and is located in spring and fall in Orono, ME and in the summer in either Orono or Bar Harbor, ME. 



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. 



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). 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 significantly reduced cost.  Housing is limited depending upon location, and pro-purchase access. Worker’s compensation insurance is provided. 

Availability:  We have positions open year round with our internships primarily taking place during our summer season.

How to Apply

Complete our application (available at acadiamountainguides.com) and return electronically with a letter of interest and resume to Jon Tierney ([email protected]) 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. 
Posted on: September 15, 2022
Job Starting Date:
May 27, 2023
Application Closing Date:
April 27, 2023
Job Salary Range:
Years of Experience: Not Specified
Job Activity(ies): Top Rope Rock Climbing
Population(s) Served: Youth - K-12
Job Category(ies): Outdoor Skills School
Region(s): Northeast US