Employment

Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center – Buena Vista, CO

Position: AIARE Qualified Course Leaders and Instructors

RMOC is searching for Course Leaders and Instructors to teach AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue courses between January 5 – March 1, 2022.  Exact dates are flexible at this time and can include weekdays if that works better for scheduling.  The RMOC facility offers indoor and outdoor classroom space.  They are based out of Buena Vista, CO and have permits on Monarch Pass, Independence Pass, and Fremont Pass for field sessions.  Pay is $300/day and they have access to Weston demo gear.

Contact Brandon Slate at (719)395-3335 or email brandon@rmoc.com


Red Rocks Community College – Lakewood, CO

Position: AIARE Qualified Instructors

AIARE Support Instructor positions at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado. Course dates are:

  • December 18-19. (AIARE 1)
  • January 29-30 (AIARE 1)
  • April 2-3, 9-10 (AIAIRE 2)

Must have current WFR, AIARE Instructor qualification, and experience teaching/guiding in winter environments. Pay is $250/day +$100 prep day.

Please contact sally.cirincione@rrcc.edu if interested.


Tahoe Mountain School – Truckee, CA

Position: AIARE QualifiedCourse Leaders and Instructors

Tahoe Mountain School is looking for AIARE Course Leaders and Instructors to work the 2021-2022
winter season and beyond.  We are based out of beautiful Truckee, CA and work throughout the Tahoe
National Forest. We run a full avalanche education program and a backcountry ski/splitboard guiding
program throughout the winter and spring from December through April. AMGA guide training is a plus
with guiding opportunities available for apprentice through certified ski guides. Competitive pay with a
flexible schedule with part time to full time work available.

Please contact Steve at info@tahoemountainschool.com or 530-414-5295 for more information.


Sierra Mountain Center – Bishop, CA

Position: AIARE QualifiedCourse Leaders and Instructors

Sierra Mountain Center based in beautiful Bishop, California is looking for AIARE qualified Level I Course instructors and Course leaders. We have a full slate of courses proposed for winter 2021/22 and this job can also expand to ski guiding and instruction for someone who is in the AMGA ski program. Winter season hopefully runs from December to April and again this job can transition into summer rock and alpine guiding for the right person. SMC guides have operated in the Eastern Sierra since the 1980s and we are the most experienced local guide service. We can offer mentoring and tutoring to take someone beyond the AIARE and AMGA trainings. Competitive rates  and a flexible work schedule. SMC is an equal opportunity employer.

Please send a resume to SP Parker sp@sierramountaincenter.com to apply.


Burrell Adventures – Glacier, WA

Position: AIARE Qualified Instructor and AMGA Apprentice Splitboard Guide

Join a growing mountain guide service in one of the premier alpine sports destinations, Glacier Washington. Burrell Adventures offers a wide variety of guided mountain experiences in the North Cascades and the legendary Mount Baker area. A complete progression from first time splitboarders and avalanche training to touring courses and high-end ski mountaineering provides engaging courses and trips for guests and guides alike.

Burrell Adventures is seeking a skilled AIARE instructor and AMGA Apprentice Splitboard or ski guide. Higher levels of training and certification are welcome too. This part time role would primarily be co-instructing AIARE 1 & 2 courses and Intro to touring days for 6 days per month with additional days of professional development. This part time position could quickly grow into a full-time guide position or part time administrative position. For AMGA Apprentice Alpine and Apprentice Rock Guides year round employment is possible with spring and summer trips being offered throughout the North Cascades. Equitable wages are commensurate with experience.

Reach out to Jere Burrell at guidedexposure@gmail.com to apply.


North American Ski Training and Climbing Center (NASTC) – Truckee, CA

Position: AIARE Qualified Course Leaders

Hello all you amazing Course Leaders!! Truckee-based North American Ski Training and Climbing School (skinastc.com) is looking for a Course Leader on these dates. Top pay rate from $375-500/day, private house lodging available, all travel & meals covered!

  • Jan 28-30*
  • Feb 4-6
  • Feb 12-14*
  • Mar 1-3
  • Mar 4-6
  • Mar 11-13


*highest pay rate.
Day 1 is virtual, days 2&3 are in the field.

Please call, text, or email for details or to apply: Jenny Fellows, (530)386-2102, jennynastc@gmail.com


Miyar Adventures – Ballard, WA

Position: Avalanche Education Program Director

Company Description:

The company’s focus is summer backpacking, rock climbing, and alpine climbing in the Cascades. Miyar also runs snowshoeing and winter backpacking trips. The company has a family-like working culture and a loyal following of return clients. The company has been growing rapidly over the past seven years. Miyar Adventures is known for its work to make guiding and outdoor instruction more financially sustainable and emotionally fulfilling career choices, while also creating a space that is welcoming to people from all backgrounds.

Miyar is developing a more robust winter schedule of program offerings, which will include avalanche education, winter navigation, backcountry skiing/split boarding, and ski mountaineering.

We are looking for an experienced AIARE Course Leader who is excited about the opportunity to develop a new avalanche education program for a reputable guide service. The candidate should enjoy working with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds, as our management team and clientele are diverse. The candidate should also be a skilled teacher who enjoys teaching those who are new to winter recreation.

Location of employment:

Some work may be done remotely, while client contact days will take place in classrooms and winter backcountry areas of Washington State.

Required Training:

  • AIARE Course Leader Certification
  • Wilderness First Responder or WEMT
  • Completion of AMGA ski/splitboard guide track programs preferred

Required Experience:

  • 5 years working within the space of avalanche education
  • Program development experience preferred
  • Management experience preferred
  • Familiarity with backcountry skiing or split boarding areas in Washington State, or the ability to gain this familiarity on personal time prior to the first AIARE program

For more information about specific job duties, compensation, and how to apply, please visit the Miyar Adventures employment page!


Northwest Mountain School – Leavenworth, WA

Position: AIARE Qualified Course Leaders and Instructors

Northwest Mountain School is looking for 1-2 full time AIARE Course Leaders and AIARE Instructors for the winter 2021-22 season. Part time candidates will be considered depending on response to the full time positions.

NMS is a small guide service based in Leavenworth, WA and run by IFMGA guides John and Olivia Race. NMS was founded by John in 1994 and has been in continuous operation for 28 years. Our goal is to work with a core team of guides who are working on a regular basis as be believe this is the most effective way to manage risk. Opportunities exist to expand from AIARE instructing into other ski guiding work, as well as summer rock/alpine work (both domestically & internationally) for interested/qualified candidates.

For the 2021-22 season we are planning to continue with an online pre-course component followed by 2 full field days. The majority of our field days run in the Stevens Pass zone with occasional courses at Snoqualmie Pass and Mission Ridge.

Things we can offer:

  1. Very competitive wages. Our pay scale is designed to incentivize full time seasonal work but also includes a high starting wage for part time commitments.
    • Course Leaders – $300 per day base pay with $2250 bonus upon completion of 18th field day. After 18 field days all remaining AIARE field days will be paid at $425 per day.
    • Course Instructors: $250 per day base pay with $1800 bonus upon completion of 18th field day. After 18 field days all remaining AIARE field days will be paid at $350 per day.
    • Each instructor must lead a 1-hour orientation session, via zoom, with their field group the evening before the first field day of each course. This is paid at $100 each per zoom meeting.
    • Course Leaders also have the option to instruct 2-hour zoom lectures, which pay $200 each.
  2. Daily operational experience using the International InfoEx Platform in collaboration with the NMS guide team. This is our fourth season working with this platform which is a critical component of our risk management system.
  3. Mentorship with IFMGA and AMGA certified guides.
  4. For IFMGA guides willing to guide domestically, there are excellent opportunities for work in Europe through NMS.

If interested, please send guiding resume (including a list of relevant credentials), ski resume, and references to info@mountainschool.com, be sure to include “AIARE position inquiry” in the subject. We will be looking through the applications and will contact you regarding employment.


Bluebird Backcountry – Kremmling, CO

Position: AIARE Qualified Course Leaders and Instructors

Bluebird Backcountry is the first and only fully human-powered, inbounds backcountry ski area in the country. With a mission to make backcountry skiing safer and easier to learn, our operation features avalanche-evaluated and ski-patrolled area with zero chairlifts. We are located halfway between Kremmling and Steamboat Springs (just over a 30-minute drive from both).

Our team has a welcoming, energetic, get-it-done culture. We are excited to introduce a new way to think about skiing and to see just how far we can take the Bluebird Backcountry concept.

We’re looking for AIARE qualified Course Leaders on Jan 8/9, Jan 29/30, Feb 12/13, Feb 19/20, Feb 26/27, Mar 5/6 and Mar 12/13 (hybrid courses with zoom 2 days prior). We can also add a day on before and after many of these courses, teaching other advanced content. We’re also looking for AIARE qualified instructors on most weeks, including for our new Avy refresher courses as well as other teaching opportunities.

Please contact info@bluebirdbackcountry.com with resume and availability.


Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Position: AIARE Qualified Course Leader and Instructor

The Wilderness Education & Outdoor Leadership Program (www.ltcc.edu/wilderness) is seeking to hire AIARE Course Leaders and Instructors for courses in February and March.

Depending on your qualifications, you may be able to teach additional classes within the WEOL Program.

  • You must be eligible to work for the State of California within the California Community College System (CCCS) and pass a background check
  • Pay competitive but set by LTCC’s Faculty Collective Bargaining Unit
    • Course Leaders typically make $380 a day (pre-tax)
    • Course Instructors typically make $300 a day (pre-tax)
    • Reimbursement of professional development costs are available
  • Course Leaders are Adjunct Instructors for LTCC and must have a Bachelor’s degree or meet minimum CCCS eligibility qualification
  • Instructors must meet minimum WEOL Program requirements
  • LTCC is an equal opportunity employer

Contact Clinton Culp at cculp@ltcc.edu for more information or to send your resume (with relevant experience, training, certifications, and references).


Irwin Guides, Crested Butte, CO

Position: AIARE Qualified Course Leaders and Instructors

AIARE Avalanche Education with Irwin Guides provides an experience of a lifetime for both our instructors and students. We strive to create an inclusive learning environment on all courses for students of all ability levels. We are looking for AIARE qualified course leaders and instructors to join our professional guide team in Crested Butte, CO where there is quick and easy access to some of the best ski terrain in the state for advanced and beginners alike providing what it takes to offer guests and guides the best avalanche education experience available. We are looking to fill a few openings throughout the season.

Wages: Course leader: $350/day. Instructor: $275/day

Please contact mhayden@irwinguides.com to apply.


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