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Mission Statement:
As a company we strive to provide the best customer service, route setting, music, and cleanliness to
our customers on a daily basis. We treat all customer interactions as if we are serving our friends or
family. We accomplish this by hiring employee associates who care about climbing and our customers
and provide them with the training and motivation to give great customer service.

We are currently hiring (click position for more info):



The job of a Routesetter is to deliver the primary product consumed by Vertical World clientele – climbing. It is the duty of a VW Routesetter to consistently produce industry leading routes and boulders at any given VW location. Routesetters report directly to each facilities Head Routesetter or Gym Manager.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Setting 2-5 days a week (Depends on full time or part time)
  • Show up on time and ready to work
  • Be an active part of a motivating and positive setting environment
  • Execute any tasks or goals from Head Setter or Gym Manager
  • Keep up to date with training material from Head Setter
  • Executing tasks in a timely manner
  • Meet efficiency and quality expectations of Head Setter
  • Maintain a clean work space
  • Keep climbing wall surfaces and equipment up to VW and manufacturer standards
  • Set for competitions and events at VW
  • Any other tasks that are delegated from Head Setter or Gym Manager
    Preferred Experience and Abilities :

  • Previous commercial setting experience
  • Ability to set 2-3 rope routes and 5-10 boulders in a day
  • High access rope skills
  • Self-motivated, hard-working, and able to act independently
  • Previous experience working in an environment where feedback/constructive criticism is welcomed and desired
  • Ability to deal with difficult circumstances with a positive attitude
  • Competition experience and USAC certification

    This is a full time OR part time hourly position and pay is dependent on experience, but ranges from $18-$22+ per hour.
    Benefits Include:

  • Combined Sick/PTO accrual
  • Free VW membership
  • Access to industry pro deals
  • Access to all Seattle area gyms (If full time)
  • Health care and dental once full time for 60 days (If full time)
  • Retirement plan after 2 years employment earning at least $5,000 per year
  • Setter gear provided by VW
  • Setter shoe program from Scarpa
    Intangible Benefits:

  • Access to high level routesetting mentorship
  • Lots of opportunities to set high level championship events
  • Lots of opportunities to work with and set for high level youth and adult competitors
  • Awesome access to outdoor climbing and other outdoor activities ;)
  • A relaxed environment that encourages climbing outside, travel, comp setting and route setter development
    To apply, please email resume and climbing resume to: KJ
    Vertical World is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage those of all backgrounds to apply if interested.


    Youth Program Instructors teach rock climbing classes and camps to students who are 3 to 17 years old. We have two seasons of our youth programs, September through June and late June through August. Our school year programs are year-long, while we also offer single day camps during school breaks. During the summer our focus is week-long day camps and month-long programs. Youth Programs Instructors also lead groups, parties and rock climbing experiences that come in for one-time experiences.

    Job Description:

  • Create and implement age-appropriate lesson plans for students (i.e. technique, climbing challenges, games)
  • Create an appropriate balance of safety, technical skill, and fun in class
  • Work in cooperation with a co-instructor
  • Track student progress
  • Manage a class of students with diverse ability and interest levels

  • Experience working with youth, ages 3-17
  • Personal climbing and top rope belay experience
  • Enthusiasm for both kids and climbing
  • First aid and CPR certifications (can be completed after hire date)
    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching climbing
  • Experience leading groups of 8 or more children.
  • Lead climbing experience
    To apply, please email a resume and climbing resume to: Anique

    Vertical World is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Here at Vertical World, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need. We pride ourselves in creating an inclusive and welcoming community in our facilities.