Alpine Ascents International

Employment with Alpine Ascents International

Mountain Guides:
We are currently accepting applications for the 2015 summer season.  

At Alpine Ascents, we actively recruit mountain guides who are dedicated to pursuing excellence in guiding and teaching on the world's most beautiful and challenging mountains. Alpine Ascents International has been a world leader in guiding great mountains around the globe for over 20 years.Picture 2

Mountain guiding is a highly demanding profession which requires great physical and emotional stamina, patience, solid technical skills, strong decision-making abilities, and a passion for imparting knowledge to others. In turn, guides are rewarded with a life in the outdoors, professional growth and development opportunities, and very competitive wages. Successful applicants will possess the following skills and certifications:
  •  Strong understanding and mastery of alpine climbing skills on glaciated and non-glaciated terrain
  •  Ability to assess the needs each individual as well as the group for safety and success
  •  Familiarity with teaching techniques appropriate for adult learners with various climbing abilities
  •  Competent performing and teaching crevasse rescue
  •  Experience climbing (and preferably guiding) in the areas where Alpine Ascents offers programs
  •  Competent performing and teaching self-arrest on varied terrain
  •  Minimum of three years alpine climbing and preferably guiding experience
  •  Ability to communicate and be congenial to co-workers, clients, and the general public
  •  Teach in a kind and friendly manner under stressful conditions
  •  Demonstrate appropriate decision-making and critical thinking skills under pressure
  •  Maintain current WFR certification (or greater)
  •  Maintain current adult CPR certification
  •  Completed an Avalanche 1 course (or above) through an approved program
  •  Hold a valid U.S. driver's license

Qualified applicants will be invited to attend a try-out in late April of 2015. Those who demonstrate the above listed skills and qualifications during the tryout will be offered employment for the summer season. These guides will stay on for an in-house training to familiarize them with the teaching methods and philosophy of Alpine Ascents. First season guides are expected to be available from May-September.

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To Apply
Please submit the following to Guide Manager, Melanie Hodgman at mhodgman@alpineascents.com:
(The forms must be downloaded to your computer first and filled out with a pdf reader/writer like Adobe Acrobat. The forms cannot be submitted from inside of a broswer window. If you are having difficulties, try these tips.)

  • Completed Pre-Employment Application (Easiest to view in Internet Explorer).
  • Employment Resume
  • Completed Climbing Resume
  • Copies of current medical training certifications. Indicate your intention to obtain or recertify if not current.
  • Copy of Avalanche 1 course completion.
  • Copies of other professional certifications such as higher medical training, Avalanche II, III, or IC training, and AMGA course completions/ certifications.

All application materials are held in confidence. Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Experienced Guides
Guides with 5+ years of professional mountaineering guiding experience are welcome to send an employment resume, completed climbing resume, and letter of interest to mhodgman@alpineascents.com. Guides will be interviewed and hired based on need and availability.

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Guides with significant Alaska guiding experience who meet the above criteria and are interested in working in our Alaska program should send an employment resume, completed climbing resume, and letter of interest to mhodgman@alpineascents.com. Preference will be given to guides with successful Denali guiding experience. Qualified guides will be interviewed and hired based on need and availability.

All application materials are held in confidence. Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you.

 

Alpine Ascents is an equal opportunity employer actively encouraging applicants of age, race, religion, color, handicap, sex, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation or national origin. 

It is the policy of Alpine Ascents International not to discriminate against any employee or any applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, handicap, sex, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation or national origin.  This policy shall include, but not be limited to, the following:  recruitment and employment, promotion, demotion, transfer, compensation, selection for training including apprenticeship, layoff and termination.  Except with respect to sexual orientation, this company further agrees to take affirmative action to ensure equal employment opportunities.