Work for Us

Thanks for your interest in Vertical World employment!

Youth Program Instructor

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

    Routesetter Position

    VW is looking to hire 2 full time setters. Please read job description below. All interested applicants are welcome to apply. “Home” location is flexible and can be determined by preference or proximity to a VW location.

    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 3-5 days a week
  • 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
  • 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

    Vertical World is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage those of all backgrounds to apply if interested.

    Pay depends on experience

    Benefits include: Health and dental insurance if full time (30+ hrs), Free membership +1 for same household partnerships, PTO/Sick pay, access to all Seattle area gyms, pro deals, retirement plan after 2 years employment, necessary setting gear provided by VW.

    To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to: Bret