Resident Climbing Specialist

Job Description

Job Title: Residential Climbing Specialist (2 Positions hired)

Department: Program                                                             

Reports to: Climbing Program Manager

FLSA Status: Seasonal Exempt

Location: Cedar Rock & Table Rock Basecamps, Western North Carolina

Length of Position: Table Rock: March - October, Cedar Rock: May - August

Last Updated:  November 30th, 2016.


Founded in 1967, North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) is a charter member of the leading outdoor education network in the world.  Our wilderness courses, from the mountains of North Carolina to the shores of south Florida to the peaks of South America, deliver our mission to change lives through challenge and discovery.

The Resident Climbing Specialist (RCS) plays a pivotal role, both as a climbing specialist and as a basecamp leadership team member, in nurturing the safe and effective delivery of climbing and ropes course activities. The RCS brings consistency to the climbing program throughout the season and serves as a resource for instructors and other Climbing Specialists alike. The Climbing Program Manager (CPM) depends on the RCS to help implement the objectives of the program and serve as a conduit of information. It is expected that the RCS will work up to either 70 or 140 days seasonally, depending on location. The majority of days will be field-based climbing instruction, with the remainder intended for administration, projects and basecamp support.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Climbing related

  • Work in conjunction with field staff to plan and facilitate the delivery of ropes course and climbing activities, ranging from bottom-belayed top ropes to multi-pitch ascents.
  • Mentor Climbing Specialists and Instructional Staff, providing direct performance feedback and development steps.
  • Assist the CPM in organizing and facilitating climbing related staff trainings and professional development days.
  • Provide climbing briefings and be a resource for instructors during pre-course.
  • As required, assist the CPM in the scheduling of staff, locations and dates of climbing and ropes course activities.
  • Monitor and communicate program quality and safety trends to CPM. Attend course end debriefs and input Incident Reports into the IR database as necessary.
  • Manage and maintain the equipment and supplies of the climbing program.
  • Assist the CPM with projects including inspections, maintenance and repairs of ropes course and climbing structures.
  • Basecamp Leadership:
  • Fill responsibilities as a basecamp leadership team member including being on-call, if applicable.
  • Assist the Program Director (PD) with basecamp management and projects.
  • Serve in other operational roles as needed.

Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to lift 75 pounds and participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity including but not limited to climbing and camping in the field
  • Irregular work hours as necessary


  • Minimum two years working for Outward Bound or similar programs.
  • Minimum two years working as an NCOBS climbing specialist or equivalent experience.
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification required, higher level of certification preferred (AMGA Rock Instructor, Apprentice Rock Guide or Rock Guide).
  • Personal and professional values consistent with the NCOBS mission and values
  • Strong knowledge of Outward Bound history, standards and programs.
  • An outstanding record as an instructor, trainer.
  • Experience with community living.
  • Current WFR and CPR, and other certifications and training related to position.
  • Able to give and receive timely, effective oral and written feedback.
  • Strong and effective leadership, supervisory, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Personal initiative, motivation and resourcefulness.
  • Strong presentation, writing and computer skills.
  • Cooperative attitude and ability to be flexible; good team player.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Per-diem rate based on NCOBS pay matrix for both climbing days and technical project days.
  • Access to seasonal staff benefits (professional development funds, Pro-deals, etc.).
  • Room and board during agreement.

Application Instructions:

North Carolina Outward Bound School prohibits discrimination against, and harassment of, any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, age, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, military or veteran status, qualified individuals with a disability on the basis of the disability, or any other category which may be protected under applicable local, state or federal law. NCOBS promotes respect for all people, and will not tolerate harassment based on any of these characteristics nor on differences based on gender identity or expression.

To Apply

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Application Closing Date: 
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Job Location: 
Brevard and Jonas Ridge, North Carolina
Job Starting Date: 
March 2017

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