North American Ski Training Center

Position: AIARE 1 Course Leaders & Instructors Needed

North American Ski Training & Climbing School (NASTC) (skinastc.com) is looking for a Course Leader for three AIARE 1’s in Truckee: Jan 29-31, Feb 5-7,  Feb 19-21  (2021). Very competitive pay, lodging, travel & meal stipend.

NASTC started in 1994 in Tahoe/Truckee & offers a full avalanche program and guided backcountry skiing/riding on the Tahoe National Forest, advanced ski clinics at 25 resorts around the world 10 mos/year, & summer rock climbing on Donner Pass.  Hiring for other positions too.
Contact: Jenny or Chris Fellows, NASTC Directors

Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Position: AIARE 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 are Adjunct Instructors for LTCC and must have a Bachelor’s degree or meet minimum CCCS eligibility qualifications
  • Instructors must meet minimum WEOL Program requirements
  • LTCC is an equal opportunity employer

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

Bluebird Backcountry

Position: AIARE 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 a 1,200-acre 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 instructors on these field days (along with Zoom meetings beforehand in evening): Jan 21-22, Jan 28-29, Jan 29-30, Feb 11-12, Feb 20-21, Feb 25-26 and Women-specific instructors for Feb 26-27.

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

Alpine Skills International

Position: AIARE 1 Course Leaders and Instructors

Alpine Skills International / International Alpine Guides is looking for additional AIARE 1 course leaders and instructors to fill in for the 2020-21 season at our busy North Lake Tahoe/Truckee base. We specifically need course leaders for courses at the end of December and January dates as well as late Feb through March dates.

We offer a very competitive pay package with end of season bonuses, financial help with continuing education (such as AMGA courses) and reliable, consistent work throughout the season. Both part time and full-time opportunities exist for committed team players. If you have AMGA ski guide training that’s a plus and there are also ski guiding opportunities as well. AIARE 2 course leader/instructor is also a plus. Our season runs from late November till mid-April.

Alpine Skills International and International Alpine Guides have recently joined forces. We are a full-service mountain guide company and California’s busiest and most experienced avalanche school operating since 1980. We have bases in Truckee & Mammoth Lakes. We offer rock, ice, alpine climbing & ski mountaineering trips throughout California and Internationally… guiding in Mexico, South America and specializing in the Alps of Europe.

For more info please contact Dave Miller, owner/director at:

(760) 709-1161

Irwin Guides – Crested Butte CO

Position: Full-Time Guide Operations Manager

Irwin Guides is seeking a full-time Guide Operations Manager to work from our headquarters in Crested Butte, CO. This position will oversee the daily operations of the guide service, including backcountry, mechanized, and educational disciplines. A strong candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be extremely detail-oriented, have the ability to work flexible hours in a fast-paced, demanding and dynamic environment, and be an experienced, self-motivated, and effective leader. At least 5 years previous experience managing and directing admin and logistics for a professional guide service, or similar operation, is a must.

During summer and winter operational seasons this position will be required to work some early mornings/late nights, at least one weekend day per week, and some holidays as necessary. For more information and to apply, please visit elevenexperience.com/careers/.

Northwest Mountain School – Leavenworth WA

Position: AIARE Course Leaders and/or Instructors for 2020/21

Northwest Mountain School, based in Leavenworth, WA, is seeking to hire AIARE Course Leaders and/or Instructors for the 2020/21 season. Priority will be given to applicants seeking full time employment but part time applications will be considered. Courses occur at least 5 days per week so it is possible to have full time work, rather than weekends only, if preferred.

NMS is owned and operated by IFMGA guides, has been in continuous operation since 1994, leads rock, alpine and ski trips both domestically & internationally, and operates year round. There is potential for this to lead to other guiding opportunities within NMS for qualified guides.

NMS offers competitive wages and the opportunity to work with other highly trained and experienced guides.

To apply please send a resume with relevant trainings/certifications and professional references to olivia@mountainschool.com.

Montana Backcountry Yurts- Helena, MT

Positions: AIARE 1 and 2 Course Leaders

Montana Backcountry Yurts is looking for AIARE qualified Level 1 and Level 2 Course leaders. We have multiple courses that need a CL. Dec 28-30 Level 1, Jan 8-10 Level 1, Jan 15-18 Level 2, and Jan 22-24 Level 1. Competitive pay, willing to pay for travel, free nights at our yurts, and could lead to future work!
Please contact Brad at info@montanabackcountryyurts.com

Mt Hood Community College – Gresham, OR

Position: AIARE 1 Course Leaders

Mt Hood Community College (MHCC) is located on the outskirts of Portland, OR.  The College has quick access to Mt Hood and the surrounding national forest.  MHCC is looking for a qualified AIARE I Course Leader.  Every year we offer 2- 3 courses with potential to offer more.  Depending of qualifications, you may be able to teach additional classes such as backcountry skiing, rock climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, etc.

We offer very competitive rates and a flexible work schedule. MHCC is an equal opportunity employer.  For more information, contact Josh Stratman at josh.stratman@mhcc.edu or call 503-491-7201.


Sierra Mountain Center – Bishop, California

Position: AIARE 1 Course 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 2020/21 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.
Email sp@sierramountaincenter.com with a resume and to set up an interview.

Tahoe Mountain School

Position: AIARE Instructors and Course Leaders for 2020-2021 

Tahoe Mountain School is looking for AIARE instructors and Course Leaders to work the 2020-2021 winter season and beyond.  We are based out of beautiful Truckee, CA.  We run a full avalanche 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.  This could be a part time or full-time position for the right person.  Competitive pay with a flexible schedule.

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


Apex Mountain School

Position: AIARE Level 1 Lead – Salaried 

READY FOR A NEW AND AMAZING OPPORTUNITY? Apex Mountain School is currently offering an opportunity for an AIARE Level 1 lead for the 2020-21 season!


– No need to travel! – No stressing about upcoming work! – Reliable work all season! – Opportunity to earn more!

Apex Mountain School is offering a salary position for the winter season for a qualified Lead for the entirety of the avalanche education season. Part time positions may also available.

May also include the option to guide (for additional pay) ice climbing, alpine and backcountry ski/split outings, based on qualifications/experience and trip availability.

Apex courses run from November 10th to April 18th. Competitive pay, reliable work, GREAT TEAM, and an outstanding operating area – Vail, Vail Pass, and Fremont Pass.

Apex Mountain School is a full-service mountaineering guide service/school, and a 14 year AIARE course provider located in Vail, Colorado.

Interested? Don’t hesitate – contact Jack Guay, Administrative Coordinator, at:

(970) 949-9111


Northeast Mountaineering – White Mountains, NH

Position: AIARE 1 Course Leader and Instructor needed

Northeast Mountaineering is a mountain guide service based in Glen, NH. There is a very strong demand for AIARE Level I courses in the Northeast and we can’t run enough courses. We run an AIARE course every weekend from Mid-December until the end of March, as well as a few weekday courses. We are seeking both a Course Leader as well as an Instructor. Candidates must be comfortable on skis/board and hold current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications.

Please contact Corey Fitzgerald at 978 413 4391 or apply online at www.nemountaineering.com/jobs/