Jobs


Head Route Setter/Assistant Coach

Are you an experienced route setter and coach, looking for a positive and supportive work environment, and able to critique routes to create awesome results? Join us at Island Rock Gym, located on Bainbridge Island in the beautiful Puget Sound, just a half hour ferry ride from Seattle. With the Olympic mountains in our backyard and surrounded by the waters of the Salish Sea, we’re a group of nature-loving outdoor enthusiasts who have a lot of fun with our work, with our customers, and with each other. You can regularly find us paddling the Sound, climbing in Leavenworth, hiking the Olympics, or having a beer at the brewery next door to the gym.

The Head Setter will work with IRG management to ensure the route setting program meets the goals and objectives of the gym; our expectation is to deliver fun, high quality routes to customers across all grades. Our strong preference is for the Head Route Setter to also act as an Assistant Coach for our youth climbing teams which consistently sends kids to National Championships in all disciplines.

We care about the growth of our employees and invest in their development; opportunities include paid USAC setter training, USAC coaching training, industry conferences, and more. In addition to medical benefits and paid time off, the Head Setter can take additional unpaid time off for climbing travel each year.

Island Rock Gym opened in September of 2013 and serves the communities of west Puget Sound. We are focused on growth and passionately welcome everyone to the sport of climbing.

Responsibilities:

  • Setting
    • Oversee and participate in setting fun and interesting routes and boulder problems each week
    • Maintain consistent grades and high quality bar for all routes in the gym by forerunning, providing feedback to route setters, and making any necessary adjustments to routes
    • Establish and maintain schedule to ensure timely turnover of routes
    • Maintain inventory of all routes in gym; collaborate with gym management to determine when route curve adjustments are required based on customer need
    • Ensure setting team knows and uses best industry practices for working at height; update safety practices as necessary
  • Facility
    • Manage annual setting budget/purchasing of climbing holds and setting equipment
    • Regularly inspect climbing hardware according to safety standards
  • Staff Growth and Development
    • Manage route setting team including hiring, training, providing feedback to, and disciplining
    • Continuously seek opportunities to develop personal setting/leadership skills
    • Provide consistent, regular, proactive training to grow setting team’s skills and abilities
    • Provide feedback on routes and make necessary adjustments to maintain consistent quality product
  • Coaching
    • Coach youth climbing teams ages 8-18 to advance athletes’ skills and climbing abilities
    • Working knowledge of current fitness/training methods for advanced climbers
    • Provide positive motivation to help kids achieve their goals

Qualifications:

  • 3+ years route setting experience, 5+ years climbing experience
  • Experience in an established setting program with extensive knowledge of forerunning and route setter training methods
  • Strong communication skills to professionally interact with IRG management/head coach/setters/customers
  • Experience developing other setters by critiquing routes and providing collaborative feedback
  • Able to work 20+ hours/week in a physical capacity climbing/setting/forerunning
  • Able to climb 5.12+/v8
  • Willing to work outside normal business hours including early mornings/evenings/weekends
  • Prior leadership/management experience preferred
  • USAC Level II cert preferred
  • USAC Local/Regional competition setting experience
  • Experience working with kids in an instructor capacity
  • Experience coaching at the Regional, Divisional and National championship level preferred

Compensation:

  • Compensation depends on experience
  • 30 hours/week (setting + coaching); private instruction/coaching hours also available
  • Medical Insurance
  • Paid time off with option of additional unpaid time off
  • Paid training, professional development and internal growth opportunities
  • Industry discounts
  • Family membership benefits

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to jobs@islandrockgym.com 


Part-Time Youth Program Instructor

Do you enjoy climbing? Do you enjoy working with youth and encouraging them to try new things in a supportive, positive way? Then Island Rock Gym, Bainbridge Island’s indoor rock climbing gym, is looking for you!

We are currently hiring for part-time instructors in our Youth Programs. The right fit will be a responsible, reliable and fun individual with the ability to manage youth ages 4 through 12 and help cultivate the next generation of climbing enthusiasts.

IRG is a sustainability-minded business with a goal of fostering safety conscious and responsible climbers in our community. Our other values include respect, tolerance and appreciation of a diverse climbing community. We are building a team of long-term employees who share and support these values and will help us continue to develop a fun, friendly, welcoming and safety conscious atmosphere for anyone who wants to enjoy indoor climbing.

Responsibilities:

  • Instruct various youth classes (e.g. Rock Tots, Rock Monkeys, the Junior Climbing Program and school break camps).
  • Engage in necessary youth behavior management and re-direction in a positive manner.
  • Communicate effectively with youth, parents, co-workers and gym members.
  • Be a positive representation of IRG Youth Programs to the wider community.
  • Must be physically able to belay other people at length and climb at a moderate level.

Qualifications:

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Previous experience working as an instructor, a teacher, a camp counselor or similar job working with youth.
  • Must be friendly, professional, open and respectful.
  • Fun-loving person who understands the nuances of working with youth.
  • Able to maintain a keen focus on safety first while still creating a fun environment.

To apply, send us an email describing yourself along with a resume to the email listed for the posting. No phone calls.

 


Part-Time Front Desk Staff (Instructor opportunities available)

Are you an experienced climber? Do you enjoy working with people and encouraging them to try new things in a supportive, positive way? Then Island Rock Gym, Bainbridge Island’s indoor rock climbing gym, is looking for you!

We are currently hiring for part-time front-desk work. The right fit will be a responsible, reliable and fun individual with climbing experience who is self-motivated to monitor both customer safety and general gym maintenance.

IRG is a sustainability-minded business, with a goal of fostering safe, responsible climbers in our community. Our other values include respect, tolerance and appreciation of a diverse climbing community. We are building a team of long-term employees who share and support these values and will help build a fun, friendly, welcoming and safe atmosphere for anyone who wants to enjoy indoor climbing.

Responsibilities:

  • Overseeing gym safety and monitoring rule enforcement.
  • Handling sales transactions including day use, memberships, retail and gear rental.
  • Monitoring visitor check-in.
  • Ensuring every climber who walks into IRG feels welcome, regardless of skill or experience, and has a positive, respectful experience.
  • Performing gym opening and/or closing procedures.
  • Must be physically able to belay other people at length and climb at a moderate level.

Qualifications:

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • MUST be an experienced climber – able to pass belay/lead climbing/lead belay tests; climbing instruction preferred (introduction to climbing, belaying, lead climbing, etc.)
  • Must be friendly, professional, open and respectful.
  • Fun-loving person who likes to engage in conversation with people.
  • Desire to teach others.
  • Able to maintain a keen focus on safety first while still creating a fun environment.

 

To apply, send us an email describing yourself along with a resume to jobs@islandrockgym.com . No phone calls please.