Employment

**We are currently fully staffed for the 2022 summer. However please see the following job postings as we are always looking for smart, energetic, adventure-seeking guides to join our family. We are happy to chat about the path to becoming a KMAC Guide!**

For all positions: send a resume & cover letter to: info@kmaconline.com
Resume and cover letter deadline March 1, 2022.

KMAC guides work a more diverse range of guided activities than many guide services. We have a beginner and advanced via ferrata, hiking, outdoor education/leadership courses, institutional and private rock guiding, as well as a really cool series of youth climbing camps. Most first year rock guides can expect to work about a third institutional (single pitch youth group) days, a third via ferrata, and a third private rock. Guides may be expected to work hiking and backpacking days as well. Guides staying longer than one season will see AMGA tuition assistance, mentoring, and lots of more advanced guiding opportunities and room to grow!

Our goal is to create a community of guide-educators that are equally psyched teaching mountain skills as they are for their days off exploring the mountains of the world.

KMAC has been guiding and instructing rock climbing and adventure based education courses since 1987, primarily working with youth. KMAC is an accredited member of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and provides private rock climbing instruction, guided ascents, climbing camps, and wilderness courses for public and private schools, throughout Colorado and Utah. KMAC is based in Estes Park, Colorado.

SINGLE PITCH INSTRUCTOR

Requirements:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Certification (or higher)
  • Wilderness First Responder Certification
  • Available May to October 2022 (dates potentially negotiable)

Bonus Points:

  • Leave No Trace Instructor or Master Educator
  • Certified Interpretive Guide
  • Teaching Certificate
  • The gift of Storytelling
  • Lots of personal adventures!

Base wage is $115pd, more once you begin private instruction days.

HIKING GUIDE

Hiking Guides will coordinate and lead half, full, and multi-day hiking trips for private and institutional groups. Work will be about 75% private groups (we don’t do open enrollment hiking groups, so each group will be one family/pod/group). There will also be some backpacking and overnight trips. These trips will mostly be full-day hikes up into Rocky Mountain National Park. If you are interested, you can potentially pick up some mentoring and single pitch rock guiding shifts.  

Requirements:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Wilderness First Responder Certification
  • A passion for exploring the mountains
  • Available late-May to October 2022 (dates potentially negotiable)

Bonus Points:

  • Leave No Trace Instructor or Master Educator
  • Certified Interpretive Guide
  • Teaching Certificate
  • The gift of Storytelling
  • Experience on the trails of RMNP

Base wage is $115pd and up, plus tips

SPI PROGRESSION INTERNSHIP

Job Description: the KMAC SPI Internship is designed to help develop a professional skill set in the outdoor guiding industry through mentorship and a variety of work opportunities. Interns will be provided an SPI course and exam. The course will be provided at the beginning of summer followed by two months of mentorship in and out of the field to help provide the necessary soft skills and technical skills to pass your exam at the end of summer. 

Interns will spend their work days under direct supervision of AMGA certified instructors and guides in the single pitch environment, and on our via ferrata. Interns can expect to spend the majority of their time working with youth groups in a single pitch rock guiding environment, though all of these departments can be explored. 

Work days will be paid. Amount of days worked will vary, but it is our goal to also provide you ample time off for personal climbing in the area. 

Location/Availability:

KMAC is based in Estes Park, CO. The majority of work days will be in the Estes Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park. Internships will start in late may and continue until mid-august. We are flexible to work around your school schedule if needed, and there is the opportunity to extend through September for those that perform well and have the freedom to do so. 

Qualifications:

-At least 21 years of age 

-Current CPR certification

-Able to meet the requirements necessary to take the AMGA SPI Course (https://amga.com/single-pitch-instructor/)

-Significant personal climbing, outdoors, camping and wilderness travel experience

KMAC values our guides having a strong background in education and time spent working with youth. Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills and a desire to be role models for the next generation of climbers and outdoor recreationalists. As guides and educators we hope to inspire others to enjoy and care for wild places through outdoor experience. 

Benefits:

  • Mentorship in a demanding field of work 
  • Campsite for summer provided (vehicle or tent)
  • Opportunity for development of decision making skills, client care, outdoor education, and technical skills
  • Live in Estes Park, CO just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park, a climbing paradise!
  • Work, climb, and live with a highly motivated guide team 
  • Ample time for personal climbing 
  • SPI Program covered by KMAC
  • Work diverse trips and spend time learning about guide service operations 
  • Paid work days and tip sharing
  • Access to pro-deals and industry discounts 

Base wage $90pd

For all positions: send a resume & cover letter to: info@kmaconline.com
Resume and cover letter deadline March 1, 2022.