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Colorado Mountain School & American Avalanche Institute

About Us:

Colorado Mountain School and American Avalanche Institute are esteemed institutions dedicated to providing exceptional outdoor adventure experiences and top-tier avalanche education. With Colorado Mountain School specializing in climbing, skiing and mountaineering courses and custom guiding, and American Avalanche Institute offering industry-leading avalanche safety training and certifications, we are committed to fostering a culture of passion, positivity, and professionalism within our teams.

Position Description:

As the Field Director at Colorado Mountain School and American Avalanche Institute, you will embody our core values and play a pivotal role in ensuring the success and safety of our guiding and educational programs. We are seeking an individual who not only meets the technical qualifications but also embodies a spirit of enthusiasm, positivity, and teamwork. Your passion for the mountains, combined with your leadership abilities and commitment to continuous improvement, will drive the success of our organization and inspire both our team members and clients alike. This is a full time position based out of our Boulder office, reporting to the General Manager.


  • Hiring Guides/Instructors
    • Lead recruitment efforts to attract and retain qualified guides and instructors.
    • Lead the hiring process for guides and instructors, conducting interviews and evaluating candidates’ qualifications.
    • Onboard new guides and instructors, ensuring compliance with company policies and procedures.
  • Guide/Instructor Training
    • Coordinate ongoing professional development opportunities to enhance the expertise and effectiveness of our guides and instructors including staff trainings, technical skills, risk management, and client interaction.
  • Guide/Instructor Supervision
    • Establish clear expectations and criteria for guide and instructor progression and advancement within the organization.
    • Provide regular supervision and feedback to guides and instructors.
  • Facilitator of Guide/Instructor Communications
    • Lead regular meetings with guides and instructors to foster communication, collaboration, and team cohesion.
    • Serve as a point of contact for guides and instructors, addressing any concerns or issues that may arise and providing support as needed.
  • Risk Management
    • Take a proactive approach to risk management, identifying potential hazards and implementing strategies to mitigate risk and ensure the safety of guides, instructors, and clients.
    • Oversee the staffing of assignments to ensure adequate coverage for all programs and coordinate staffing needs as they arise.
  • Curriculum Management
    • Develop and maintain curriculum standards to ensure consistency and quality in our programs.
  • Equipment Management
    • Oversee the maintenance and inventory of equipment, ensuring that gear is in good condition and meets safety standards.
  • AMGA Point of Contact
    • Serve as the primary point of contact for matters related to the American Mountain Guides Association including certification and accreditation, liaising with the AMGA as needed to ensure compliance and support guide development.


  • In-depth understanding of outdoor pursuits such as climbing, skiing, mountaineering, and avalanche safety principles and practices.
  • Proficiency in risk management techniques and emergency response protocols relevant to outdoor adventures and avalanche terrain.
  • Familiarity with industry standards and best practices in guiding and instructing in the mountains.


  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to convey technical information and instructions clearly and effectively.
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to plan and coordinate complex programs.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, including the ability to motivate and inspire guides and instructors to deliver exceptional experiences.

Desirable Qualities:

  • You possess a genuine enthusiasm for outdoor adventure. Your positive attitude and joyful demeanor create a welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere for team members and clients alike.
  • You embrace challenges with courage, confidence, and a solution-oriented mindset, demonstrating a willingness to push boundaries and explore new opportunities.
  • You possess excellent interpersonal skills and are comfortable communicating with a diverse range of individuals.
  • You work well with systems, following processes and developing documentation to improve existing systems and create new ones.
  • You have an aptitude for problem-solving and conflict resolution.
  • You prioritize collaboration and mutual support, fostering a cohesive team environment where everyone is valued and supported.
  • You are motivated by your personal and professional goals, continually striving for growth and development.
  • You lead by example but recognize the importance of following and supporting others when necessary.
  • You hold yourself and your teammates accountable to high standards of performance and safety.

Minimum Experience:

  • 8+ years of experience working as a guide / instructor, at a minimum of 50 days per year
  • 5+ years of experience teaching avalanche education
  • AMGA Certification strongly preferred


  • Salary
    • $70,000 – $80,000 annually
  • Benefits
    • Generous Paid Holidays and Paid Time Off
    • Health & Dental Insurance
  • Perks
    • Access to Sponsor Gear
    • Deep industry pro deals on skiing & climbing gear
    • Ability to work flexible hours in an office
    • A strong work/life balance
    • Access to local climbing gyms

Interested? Your Next Steps Are…

Submit a cover letter and resume, in a single PDF file, to Include “Field Director” in the subject line.

Colorado Mountain School and American Avalanche Institute value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable work environment. We welcome and respect your unique experiences and perspectives. We provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees, prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, genetics, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected characteristic under federal, state, or local laws. This commitment applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotion, termination, and training.

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