Climbing Instructor

We’re a rock climbing gym looking for front desk staff, but what we really want are people who recognize that stepping into our communities has the power to change lives. Instructors 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 both at the front desk and on the floor. You will be the face of our gyms and 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, instructors will be required to teach various climbing program curriculum for diverse backgrounds and skill levels. 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). Experience climbing outside is 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:

  • Teach instruction class
  • Private lessons
  • Helping with the Youth Team as needed
  • Running member events
  • Helping out with gym comps.
  • Maintaining inventory of climbing equipment and regular inspections
  • Maintaining inventory of first aid supplies
  • Monthly meetings with Instruction Coordinator
  • Quarterly meetings with the Climbing Director

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Facilitate private and group classes 
  • Perform basic sales and computer software operations
  • Execute belay and lead tests as needed, members and guests are required to wait 24 hours before testing after a lesson
  • Handle participants concerns
  • Maintain safe practices in facility
  • Use secret code “falling” to apply
  • Act as a representative of the community and make a genuine effort to get to know and support members and fellow employees
  • Confidently communicate with supervisors and peers about gym and your own needs, improvements, and goals


  • Minimum of 2 years experience in all aspects of climbing
  • Ability to confidently climb V5/5.11+ (preferred)
  • Confidence in standing up to strangers and those you care about when it comes to following rules
  • Genuine interest in other people’s experiences
  • Communicate clearly with peers and the community
  • Experience with speaking to or working in a dynamic environment
  • Confidence in standing up to strangers and those you care about when it comes to following rules and upholding the values of the company
  • Able to tie knots and move across uneven surfaces and stairways
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • 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
  • Tech savvy enough to use and apply a wide variety of applications, including Word, Google Drive, Gmail, and Asana
  • Actively seek new opportunities to improve self and the community at large
  • 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:

  • 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.