Employment

Atlantic Climbing School does have openings for the 2014 season.

 We are looking for single pitch instructors and multi-pitch guides. ACS is in search of experienced guides and instructors with great soft skills and a passion for teaching and the outdoors. Please read the minimum requirements below, if you meet these pre requisites please apply via email at info@climbacadia.com. In your e-mail please include a cover letter, professional resume, and a climbing resume. Each year we receive many applications and we choose from the most experienced. Remember the requirements below are minimums and the vast majority of our applicants have much more experience. We ask for a ten week commitment from our guides from the last week of June through Labor Day.

Guide Tracking Program

Atlantic Climbing School’s Guide Tracking Program is designed to provide a clear pathway for young guides to progress in the American Mountain Guides Association’s Rock Guide discipline.

By combining AMGA courses and certification with ACS employment, guides can complete the initial steps that ultimately lead to Rock Guide certification.
Acadia National Park is an ideal setting for a qualified guide to obtain valuable experience in the AMGA’s foundational rock terrain categories: single pitch rock climbing instruction and multi pitch rock climbing guiding on Rock Instructor terrain.

The steps in the ACS Guide Tracking Program are:

  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification
  • ACS TR Instructor employment
  • AMGA Rock Instructor course
  • ACS Lead Guide employment
  • AMGA Rock Instructor certification
  • ACS Supervising Guide employment

A three-to-five season stint at ACS will support a guide’s progression from entry level (AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification), through participation in an AMGA Rock Instructor course, to successfully obtaining AMGA Rock Instructor certification. A season as a Supervising Guide rounds out the experience.

Season One
Arrive as an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor and with current WFR/CPR certifications. Work as an ACS Top Rope
Instructor.

Season Two
Arrive having completed an AMGA Rock Instructor course and with current WFR/CPR certifications. Work as an ACS Lead Guide.

Season Three
Arrive as an AMGA Certified Rock Instructor and with current WFR/CPR certifications. Work as an ACS Supervising Guide.

At this point, a guide is encouraged to consider moving on to new guiding employment in an area with more complex Rock Guide terrain and to concentrate on completing the prerequisites for the AMGA Rock Guide course and Aspirant exam. ACS will assist employees with appropriate references and recommendations whenever possible to help them pursue this path.

New Hires

A season spent working as a climbing guide on the coast of Maine is a unique experience. The work environment is second to none and time off ensures that you’ll be able to sample plenty of local outdoor recreation options like climbing, hiking, sea kayaking, cycling, trail running, swimming, and sailing. A Pro Purchase program with leading manufacturers is available. All ACS guides are fully covered under Workers’ Compensation Insurance.

The following qualifications represent the minimum necessary to be considered for employment by Atlantic Climbing School:

ACS TR Instructor Qualifications
AMGA Certified  SPI
Current WFR/WFA CPR certifications
Minimum age: 21
Minimum of four years of rock climbing experience
Rock climbing experience in at least two geographic areas (example: Acadia and Joshua Tree)
Consistent, solid leading ability at the 5.9 trad level

ACS Lead Guide Qualifications
AMGA Rock Instructor course or Rock Guide course & Aspirant exam graduate
Current WFR/CPR certifications
Minimum age: 22
Minimum of five years of rock climbing experience
Rock climbing experience in at least three geographic areas (example: Acadia, Joshua Tree and Red Rocks)
Consistent, solid leading ability at the 5.10a trad level

ACS Supervising Guide Qualifications
AMGA Certified Rock Instructor
Current WFR/CPR certifications
Minimum age: 23
Minimum of six years of rock climbing experience
Rock climbing experience in at least four geographic areas (example: Acadia, Joshua Tree, Red Rocks and Yosemite)
Consistent, solid leading ability at the 5.11a trad level

For more information, contact ACS owner Eli Simon .