ABC Program Youth Coach – SLO

We’re a rock climbing gym looking for an assistant coach, but what we really want are people who recognize that stepping into our communities has the power to change lives. Coaches do not need to be peppy and upbeat 100% of the day, but they should exude a sense of warmth and be comfortable engaging diverse populations while coaching. You will be working in a team-centered, dynamic environment. 


Experience in climbing is a requirement, and above all else you need to have a strong desire to be part of The Pad community. Upon hire, coaches will be required to follow through with training expectations and facilitate classes with an energetic and positive attitude. We don’t care how hard you climb, but you should have enough experience to speak the lingo, make safety calls (or know who to defer to) and feel confident in training new young climbers. Experience climbing outside a major plus – we’re a gym run by people who climb outside and we like the culture that brings.


Our Mission:

To build immersive experiences, spaces, and opportunities through climbing, community, fitness, and love.

Here’s a typical workload:

  • Facilitate and lead group activities for a variety of ages and abilities, ranging between 6-14 year olds 
  • Collaborate with Head Coach to create a structure for teaching kids important skills and facilitating fun 
  • Follow through with plans that should include games, climbing technique instruction, group ice breakers, and schedules of each day
  • Provide a safe and welcoming environment for climbers to grow and learn
  • Set up games, and day to day operations
  • Keep team practice sessions at the gym organized and productive
  • Communicate with the Program Manager about desired schedule or time off
  • Clean and break down of any equipment or activities
  • Properly clock in and out
  • Teach proper technique with equipment and rules around the gym

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Execute curriculum as set by Head Coach
  • Communicate potential changes to program as needed with management
  • Work with their supervisor and outside resources to achieve the intended results as outlined in program descriptions
  • Acting as a guide to children and parents on proper etiquette in the gym
  • Be available for your scheduled practices, and should you need a last minute sub, you will contact your peers first, then your supervisor to ensure your responsibility is covered
  • Act as a representative of the community and make a genuine effort to get to know and support members and fellow employees
  • Use the code “Learn” to apply
  • Communicate effectively with other coaches on the team to discuss day-to-day activities and places for improvements


  • Genuine interest in other people’s experiences
  • Ability to hear and speak clearly
  • Experience with speaking to diverse individuals
  • Confidence in standing up to strangers and those you care about when it comes to following rules
  • Ability to tie knots and move across uneven surfaces and stairways
  • Lift 50 pounds without assistance
  • Work as a member of a team, you will interact with other crew members as well as other department teams
  • Lover of learning and a deep interest in improving things for those around them
  • Friendly, enthusiastic attitude, can exhibit warmth and empathy
  • Uphold company values and use the mission statement to guide decisions
a man climbs a precarious rock formation on an indoor rock climbing wall

What we have to offer:

  • $14/hr
  • Growth opportunities
  • Holiday closures
  • Paid bi-monthly on the 15th and last day of the month


  • Accrued paid time off
  • Transfer and promotional opportunities
  • Gym membership for self plus immediate family
  • Retail and merchandise discounts

If you’re adaptable, have a positive outlook, and love learning and improving, we want to hear from you!

We are an equal opportunity employer that welcomes diverse voices and experiences aligned with the vision of our organization: Climbing. Community. Fitness. Love. 

The Pad Climbing