Instructor - Non Technical (Climbing Centre)

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Instructor - Non Technical (Climbing Centre)

Position: Instructor - Non Technical (Climbing Centre)
Employment Dates: May 2023 to August 2024
Number of Positions: To be determined
Compensation: $16.93 to $18.78/ hour - based on performance and experience
Benefits: 4% vacation pay, 3.46% stat pay; 1.5 premium
Hours: 8-20 hours a week
Type: casual staff, hourly
Division: Campus and Community Recreation
Department: Support and Recreation Services

Deadline for application is Friday, August 14, 2023 @ 12:00 p.m.

This position is a member of the Campus & Community Recreation Team. Campus & Community Recreation (CCR) offers programs, services and facilities aimed to meet the needs and interests of the broad range of communities that we serve. The role of CCR is to support our communities (students, staff, Faculty and community members) to explore and enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being through physical and social activity. We strongly believe in the power of recreational activities to support these needs. CCR is more than just a source of activity and event opportunities, it is also an excellent source of employment training and experience.

This position will be based out of the Wilson Climbing Centre. The Wilson Climbing Centre is a brand new modern climbing structure. It was designed in an iconic purpose-built building creating a new gateway to the University of Alberta's North Campus. We are driven by a passion for climbing and are committed to promoting physical activity as a healthy lifetime pursuit.

With the support of the CCR Full Time Staff, Indoor Climbing Gym Instructors (non-technical) provide assistance in leading, instructing and supervising the Climbing Centre’s instructional programs and public drop in hours. Assisting technical Climbing Gym Instructors in providing a safe and enjoyable climbing experience is their primary responsibility. Non-technical instructors primarily assist with school, youth camp, group booking, and semestered program instruction/supervision.

Learning Opportunities

With the support of the CCR Full Time Staff, this position will gain:

  • Experience in implementing facility rules and regulations
  • Experience educating patrons about how to safely perform indoor climbing
  • Experience working as member of a multidisciplinary team (which includes full time staff, other instructors, customer service staff, route setters, patrons, and other positions)
  • Experience monitoring a recreation facility and equipment for any maintenance/safety issues
  • Experience mitigating risk in extremely busy environment
  • Experience proctoring basic competency checks for safe highwall climbing
  • Experience providing orientations to new climbers (who have never used the facility before)

Position Responsibilities

  • Overseeing all climbers and implementation of facility rules/regulations of the Climbing Centre during open hours
  • Assist in providing safe climbing instruction, including basic climbing movement, top rope belay skills, and spotting techniques
  • Perform routine maintenance checks on climbing equipment
  • Assist in facilitation of groups ranging from children to adults with a wide variety of ability levels
  • Assist in belaying large groups using a mechanical assist braking device (gri-gri)
  • Ensure the safety of clients at all times by implementing the Climbing Centre’s rules of conduct
  • Administer Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability forms to climbing participants
  • Administer Top Rope Tests and provide new customers with Facility Safety Orientations
  • Maintain cleanliness of the facility
  • Assist in management of all equipment necessary for the set up and take down for each group
  • Ensure Climbing Centre gear storage areas, floor space is clean, safe and organized
  • Provide First Aid/CPR if necessary, promptly fill out Accident Report Forms and inform the Supervisor of such an occurrence


  • Previous experience instructing small to large groups of children or adults (ideally of various ages, skills, and abilities)
  • Standard First Aid (current within 2 years)
  • CPR level ‘C’ (current within 1 year)
  • Recent Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check (within 1 year)
  • Strong communication skills and good customer relations skills
  • Top rope access current at UofA Climbing Centre
  • Must love climbing!

Application Procedures:

  1. Go to
  2. Select “Apply Online” to complete a google form application submission.
  3. You will be asked to submit your resume as part of your application.

We thank all interested applicants; however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.



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Contact Us

General Inquiries:
2-670 Van Vliet Complex, University of Alberta

Ph: 780.492.2555

If the staff member’s recertification date for Standard First Aid* and/or CPR level C** is due within the first 3 months of employment, they must recertify prior to beginning employment.

*Standard First Aid - (Recertification: every 3 years)
**CPR level C - (Recertification: annual / every 1 year)