Climbing Center | Shift Staff

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Application Deadline for Winter 2021 Employment: Saturday, October 31, 2020

Climbing Center staff are the face of the Climbing Center. Shift staff work weekly but part-time hours overseeing all aspects of the open hours operation. They are part customer service representative, part risk manager, and part climbing instructor. Ideal applicants are passionate, dependable, safety-minded, and eager to share the joy of climbing with others. Due to the comprehensive training each shift staff receive, there are also many opportunities each semester to pickup additional hours working special events and instructing technical lessons.


  • 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: January 11, 2021
(Training begins December 7)

Duration: 16 weeks

Hours: 4-8 per week

Location: GVSU Allendale Campus, Climbing Center 

Qualifications / Requirements

  • Climbing Wall Instructor Certification (any level) required (see Event Calendar for next offering)
  • At least 1 semester of climbing experience
  • Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours for he current semester (12 if awarded work study) or upcoming Fall
  • Top Rope Belay certification strongly preferred
  • Training Schedule will be determined based on new hire availability:
    • New Hire Orientation: tbd
    • Climbing Wall Management: tbd
    • First Aid, CPR, AED, & BBP certification (unless already certified)


Staff responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Daily Operations (climber check-in, visitor orientation, general supervision, event promotion, equipment rental, & belay lesson instruction) 
  • Technical Instruction,
  • General Equipment and Wall Maintenance, 
  • Route Setting
  • Group Event Staffing

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