Climbing Center | Groups Staff

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Application deadline: tbd

Climbing Center groups staff work part-time, as-needed hours overseeing private group reservations.  During the academic year (September - April), groups we see will be a mix of student organizations, academic classes, & general public groups (scouts, youth groups, birthday parties, etc...).  During the Spring/ Summer semester (May - August), most of the group work revolves around high school "overnighters".  The season only spans a few weeks in late May/ early June but require a larger-than-usual number of belayers for late nights/ early mornings.  Applicants must be willing to work occasional nights and/ or weekends.


  • Paid training
  • Valuable life skills practiced through the lens of rock climbing: leadership, communication, team work, risk management, creative problem solving
  • Climbing development opportunities
  • Various discounts for Recreation & Wellness programs & services


Start Date: Sun., May 3, 2020
(Training begins March 13)

Duration: 16 Weeks

Hours: Variable, Irregular Week-to-Week

Location: GVSU Allendale Campus, Climbing Center 

Qualifications / Requirements

  • At least 1 semester climbing experience preferred
  • Approved top rope belayer
  • Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours for the current semester (12 if awarded work study) or upcoming Fall  
  • Must be able to attend the following trainings:
    • New Hire Orientation: Friday, March 27; 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.
    • Groups Training: Friday, April 24; 3 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. (final exam week) 
    • First Aid, CPR, AED, & BBP certification: tbd pending need

Beginning Fall 2020, a Climbing Wall Instructor Certification (any level) will be required for all Climbing Center Shift Staff.  Strongly preferred pre-application.


Staff responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Group Welcome/ Orientation
  • Equipment Distribution + Fit/ Use Instruction
  • Belaying
  • General Supervision
  • Misc Administrative (paperwork & payments)

Outdoor Adventures Anticipated Hiring Timeline


Application Period



Estimated Start


May - Mid-July


Late August

End of August


August - Mid-October

Mid/Late October


Early January


December - Mid-February

Mid/Late February


Early May