Fox Mountain Internships
For the summer 2017 season, Fox Mountain Guides will be offering two internship positions. Both interns will have the chance to work in all aspects of the business from administration, marketing, and public relations to equipment management, logistics and program development. All interns will work in the field (always under the direct supervision of an AMGA certified instructor) and have chance to work with individual clients and groups in single pitch settings. Interns will have the opportunity to “shadow” any guided day or course being offered by Fox Mountain Guides and of course spend the summer climbing with all the guides on days off. Becoming a full-time instructor for Fox Mountain Guides is a highly sought after position, and we frequently hire instructors who have completed a summer internship with us. This is a great way to get into the business.”
2017 Season Benefits:
- $140 a week stipend wages, paid every two weeks
- $1,000 summer contract completion bonus awarded at the successful completion of the summer internship
- Take part in Fox Mountain Guides pre-season training in May
- Observe any FMG skills courses or days of single or multi-pitch guiding (in the case of multi-pitch guiding you must have the consent of the client and guide before joining)
- FMG Uniform T-Shirts
- The chance to work at an AMGA Accredited Climbing School with AMGA Certified Guides and be immersed in all aspects of the business – great experience and resume builder!
What are we looking for?
We are looking for Wilderness/Outdoor Education degree majors in their last year of college who need to take part in a summer internship as part of their studies. We are looking for CLIMBERS, please do not apply if you just once climbed, climbed in a gym or did a Rock Climbing 101, 201 class only. We want CLIMBERS. You have gear, you go climbing in your spare time, you have climbed at different locations in the US, you want to become a guide, and hopefully you have already worked or at least volunteered in some capacity teaching climbing.
Years ago, AMGA training or certification was a bonus, now it’s the norm even for internship applications. We are looking for candidates who have completed AMGA training or certification such as the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification. Candidates who hold Wilderness First Responder Certification are highly regarded, and you must have at least Wilderness First Aid. Candidates who hold these certifications and have experience teaching climbing in a variety of settings will go straight to the top of the pile of applications (last year we had roughly 80 applicants for two internships!).
What will I do?
Interns will work in all aspects of the business. You will be working an average of 6 days per week completing a myriad of tasks.
Here is a small list of possible tasks:
- Assisting guides in the field on a technical course or small or large groups (Scouts, church groups, etc)
- Assisting at Chimney Rock Park doing two hour lessons or half/full days.
- Working on our six day summer camps
- Working with our Office Manager in the office working on all aspects of the ‘behind the scenes’ of the guide service.
- Bookings, scheduling, customer relations, emailing clients, promotional and marketing work, distributing flyers, equipment maintenance and cleaning, etc.
- Helping on projects to promote FMG, assisting in the preparation for “Adopt A Crag Day,” manning a booth at promotional events, etc.
These are some of the possible tasks interns will be doing. Interns should be flexible and willing to get stuck in and help out with all aspects of the business!
This year’s the summer internship is 14 weeks long, Sunday, May 21 through Saturday, August 26. You will be expected to work an average of six days per week in between these dates. We may be able to work with applicants that have to come later or leave earlier but of course applicants who can make these dates work will have priority.