Rock Climbing Specialist

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Job Description

Job Title: Climbing Specialist

Department: Program  

Reports to: Climbing Program Manager

FLSA Status: Seasonal Exempt

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

Last Updated:  October 23rd, 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.

Climbing Specialists are responsible for the planning and delivery of climbing and ropes course activities to facilitate the delivery of the NCOBS mission.  Climbing specialists report directly to the Climbing Program Manager (CPM) and/or the Head Climber (HC).


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work in conjunction with instructional staff to plan and facilitate safe and educational climbing and ropes course activities
  • Facilitate climbing days that range from bottom-belayed top ropes to multi-pitch ascents
  • Plan and provide professional development opportunities for field staff
  • Complete all paperwork thoroughly and in a timely manner
  • Link climbing activities to the OB mission
  • Work with CPM/HC on projects related to the climbing program
  • Help manage and maintain the equipment and supplies of the climbing program.
  • Stay current with industry associations and standards
  • Provide support in additional tasks as necessary
  • Attend Climber Staff Training annually


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



  • Onsite 5.8 multi-pitch climbs with placed protection in a confident style
  • Maintains and has submitted a climbing log that indicates the following:
  • Experience at a level equal to the Climbing Specialist technical competency
  • 40 personal climbing days
  • 20 professional climbing days
  • 20 routes on trad/placed protection and/or non bolted anchors
  • 30 multi pitch routes
  • 10 or more of the above routes are at the 5.8 level or greater
  • Must attend Climber Staff Training (April/May) and complete the Climber Staff Check Off process
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification or equivalent experience required.  Higher level certification (AMGA Rock Guide, AMGA Rock Guide, etc.) preferred
  • Current CPR and WFR certifications
  • Thorough understanding of the NCOBS climbing policies and procedures
  • Ability to effectively problem-solve and remain calm during stressful circumstances
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to adapt to meet the needs of our students and staff


Compensation and Benefits:

  • Per-diem rate based on NCOBS pay matrix for both climbing days and technical project days
  • 100 field credit bonus
  • There are two basecamps located in different areas of the Pisgah National Forest about 3 hours apart.  There are a 2 or 3 main buildings depending on which base you are at. Both have a kitchen, dining room, and community space in one building and offices, the gear warehouse, classrooms, and a food hut in another.  There are there various buildings around the site that serve as staff housing.  Most staff live cabins with 1 to 3 other roommates.  A bathhouse and laundry facilities are centrally located. 

  • Food is provided during your contracted work.  While preparing for course, some breakfasts, most lunches, and dinners are prepared by a cook.  On occasion staff will prepare their own meals with the provided food.

  • Access to seasonal staff benefits (professional development funds, Pro-deals, etc.)
  • Room and board during agreement
Application Closing Date: 
2/28/17 or when filled
Employment Type: 
Job Region: 
Job Location: 
Asheville NC
Job Experience: 
1 - 2 years
Job Starting Date: 
March and May 2017

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