Climbing Center Staff

Climbing Center Staff

Climbing Center staff are the primary facilitators of climbing related programs and services. All roles are part-time with an estimated commitment of 5-10 hours per week. Roles for Open Climb involve regular weekly shifts while others are scheduled on an as-needed basis. All roles have large customer service and risk management components which are vital to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive environment while providing a fun and exciting experience through climbing. In addition to the Open Climb role, student staff can assist with technical skill instruction, special programs/ events (e.g. competitions), private group events, and team building depending on their individual qualifications. Paid training provided. Ideal applicants are passionate, dependable, safety-minded, and eager to share the joy of climbing with others. 

For Spring/ Summer employment, staff must be available to work evenings on Tuesdays and/ or Thursdays



We are currently not hiring for this position. 

Duration: Semester (~15 weeks)

Hours: Part time, flexible schedules averaging 5-10 hours/week. Typical shifts are ~5 hrs

Compensation: Wages are competitive with other on-campus jobs. Increases with qualification.

Location: GVSU Allendale Campus (Fieldhouse)


  • Open and close the climbing facility for regular programming and special events
  • Provide participant support within your level of training (e.g. check-in, belaying, skill checks, emergency response, etc.)
  • Oversee the inventory of rental equipment
  • Uphold industry standards for climbing practices and equipment use
  • Maintain a professional work environment
  • Conduct financial transactions and related accounting tasks
  • Assist with equipment inspections and maintenance
  • Assist with select special events (e.g. competitions and private events)
  • Attend all trainings, meetings, and/ or in-services
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Pending qualification, other responsibilities may include: technical skill instruction, team-building facilitation, route setting, and trip leading



  • Must be a current GVSU student enrolled in at least 6 credits or enrolled in the Fall



  • 1 semester of active climbing experience
  • Own personal climbing equipment: harness, shoes & belay device
  • Qualified top-rope belayer*
  • Adult CPR, First aid, AED certification*
  • Climbing Wall Instructor certification*


*Expected to obtain upon employment. Paid training provided.


Anticipated Timeline


Application Period


Estimated Start


May - Mid-July

Late August

End of August


August - Mid-October

November/ December

Early January

Spring/ Summer

December - Mid-February

April/ May

Early May


I'm not a strong climber. Can I realistically still get hired?

Absolutely! Climbing is a service profession. Being a rock-star staff member is all about your ability to provide an amazing experience for participants and no part of that involves showboating on the wall. While there are some benefits to climbing well; having knowledge of the equipment, systems, & how to move on the wall efficiently will be more helpful in assisting participants and recognizing risky behaviors and correcting them effectively. 

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