Office/Department: Outdoor Program
Supervisor: OP Director
Department Head: OP Program Director
Starting Wage: Minimum Wage + $0.25



The Whitman Outdoor Program fosters personal growth, facilitates learning and creates recreational opportunities through leadership development, skills training and safe, environmentally sound trips in a supportive community. Seven programmatic areas exist to fulfill this mission: Scrambles, SSRA classes, the climbing center, rental shop, special events, trainings, and the trip program. The Climbing Center Equipment Manager works with the program director to oversee the Climbing Center.


  • Must understand and represent the mission and vision of the Whitman College Outdoor Program and Climbing Center.
  • Meet with Outdoor Program Director weekly at minimum
  • Work with Program Director to hire and oversee all Climbing Center staff, especially desk staff
  • Oversee day-to-day tasks at the Climbing Center related to: paperwork, Rock Gym Pro, special scheduling and events, purchasing/maintaining office supplies
  • Build desk staff and instructional staff schedules for each semester.
  • Coordinate new employee hiring (facility/computer access etc.)
  • Perform weekly or bi-monthly deposits and JE tax into the appropriate account at the end of each month
  • Work with Climbing Center Equipment Manager and Outdoor Program Director to lead beginning-of-semester staff training.
  • “Big picture” thinking
  • Perform additional tasks as appropriate in carrying out the duties of the position.


  • able to lift at least 50 lb


  • Organized
  • Able to multi-task, independent, self-motivated and high-energy
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Able to creatively/critically assess the climbing center and brainstorm ways to improve it


  • One semester spent working as a climbing center staff (preferably at the desk)
  •  Familiarity with computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Google docs


  • Professional purchase (aka pro-deals)
  • Free rentals on all rental equipment from the OP Rental Shop or Climbing Center
  • 20% of merchandise from the OP Rental Shop or Climbing Center
  • Substantial experience for pursuing a future job in the outdoor industry

Staff Application

Whitman College Climbing Center Staff General Application

Copy and paste application into a document, complete and return completed form to:

Brien Sheedy Outdoor Program Director (Reid Campus Center Room 209)

What position(s) are you applying for?

  Desk Staff

  Indoor Instructor

  Outdoor Instructor

  Wall Technician

  Crank Organizer

  Climbing Center Manager

  Climbing Center Equipment Manager


Applicant Name:____________________

Application Date:___________________ Student ID number:_____________________________

Birthdate: _________________________ Email:_______________________________________

Phone:____________________________ Year in School:________________________________

Local Address:______________________ Home Address:_______________________________

City, State Zip:______________________ City, State Zip:_______________________________


Have you held a position at Whitman before? Yes      No

Are you a Washington State resident?              Yes      No

Are you on work study?                                  Yes      No


Please answer the following questions electronically or on a separate sheet of paper.

  1. Current First Aid Certifications: ___________________________________________

(First Aid, CPR, WFR, etc.)

  1. SSRA Climbing classes you have completed or are enrolled in:

Beginning Climbing 138

Intermediate Climbing 238

Climbing Wall Instructor (CWI) 248

Advanced Climbing Systems 387

Improvised Rock Rescue 338

  1. Current Climbing Center Certifications:

Top Rope Climbing and Belay

Lead Climb and Belay

Boulder Route Setter

Vertical Route Setter

  1. Have you taken Whitman’s defensive driving training?
  2. List related certifications (i.e. AMGA SPI), formal training, or other qualifications applicable to this position.
  3. Why should we hire you for this position? What sets you apart from other qualified applicants?
  4. Work Availability

Desired number of hours per week: ______

Can you work a weekend shift? (Friday 12-6, Saturday 2-6, and Sunday 2-6): ______

Other comments:


List previous applicable work experience, paid or volunteer:


Position                                                Employer                     Dates employed



Supervisor’s Name                              Phone                          Reason for leaving



Position                                                Employer                     Dates employed



Supervisor’s Name                              Phone                          Reason for leaving



Position                                                Employer                     Dates employed



Supervisor’s Name                              Phone                          Reason for leaving



Please submit a resume including your technical skills and photocopies of certifications.

Outdoor Climbing Instructor Applicants: Include a climbing log detailing your outdoor leads with the following information: date, location, route name, rating, # of pitches, sport vs. trad . You must have at least twenty 5.8 or harder leads to become an outdoor instructor.