As the climbing industry continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19, there have been positive signs reported by CBJ during this period―from favorite grips to the homewall boom and new gym grand openings. Most recently, the CBJ Job Board has seen a spike in climbing industry jobs. In just over two weeks, 28 job listings spanning eight states have been posted by nine companies. Available jobs extend from Utah to the Northeast and range from management roles in gyms to sales and trade positions.
Climbing Gym Jobs
One of the notable listings on the CBJ Job Board is based out of Oklahoma City. Threshold Climbing, Yoga + Fitness―which began reopening with enhanced precautions in May―is looking for a full-time Head Routesetter + Head Coach. The management position oversees the routesetting staff and team climbers, and essential duties include administrative duties as well. USA Climbing Level 2 routesetting certification and prior experience coaching athletes for USAC competitions are listed among the qualifications.
Brooklyn Boulders (BKB) has been the most active climbing gym on the CBJ Job Board of late. While some facilities remain temporarily closed, BKB has reopened its West Loop location in Chicago to members, and the Sommerville gym in Massachusetts is slated to open next week on July 21. The open jobs at BKB are primarily based out of Sommerville and Chicago, the latter of which will soon welcome a new gym called Lincoln Park to the BKB family. Multiple full-time and part-time roles are needed as the gym prepares for its grand opening, including full-time roles like Youth Program Manager, Routesetter and Community Advisors, among others.
Similarly in nearby Connecticut, Central Rock Gyms is looking for a full-time Youth Program Director as well as Full-Time Desk Staff at its Glastonbury location. Elsewhere, The Front Climbing Club in Salt Lake City is hiring a Front Desk Manager and Payroll & Benefits Specialist, also full-time. Routesetters are in demand too. In addition to the openings at Threshold and BKB Lincoln Park, other routesetting positions at gyms around the U.S. are for a Head Routesetter at River Rock Climbing in Virginia, Routesetter at G1 Climbing + Fitness in Colorado, and Routesetter at LEF Climbing in Kentucky.
Climbing Brand Jobs
Brands are also hiring climbing professionals during this period. The climbing shoe company Butora―which has been among the brands supporting climbing gyms through hard times―just posted a listing for a remote Account Manager. This person will be responsible for all sales in the Northeast region (PA, DC, MD, DE, NJ, NY, CT, RI, MA, NH, VT, ME, WV, VA). Benefits include a vehicle stipend and healthcare options.
On the other side of the country, Vertical Solutions is adding a Marketing Manager to lead promotion of the brand―which provides services ranging from climbing walls to flooring, holds and consulting. Vertical Solutions is hiring trade positions as well. Jobs for traveling Field Carpenters, Installers & Laborers and a skilled Molding Assistant were also posted in the last week.
Browse and Submit Industry Jobs
Climbing professionals can browse all jobs and find application instructions on the CBJ Job Board here. Climbing facilities and brands may submit their open positions for free at the following link. If you would like to have your listing featured at the top of the list, shared on CBJ social media and included in both our Monday and Thursday newsletters, please consider signing up for a CBJ membership (business rates starting at $15 per month). Your support keeps our coverage going and our staff employed!
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