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Climbing Wall Instructor

Department: Recreation & Sports
Location: Rockford, IL


Belayers and Climbing Wall Instructors are responsible for the safe operation of the climbing wall. Staff will maintain safety as first priority during all climbing sessions.

SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA
200 Y Blvd
Rockford, IL 61107


Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.


1. Responsible for safe operation of the climbing wall

2. Maintains safety as first priority during open climb, certified climb, instructional classes and special events using the climbing wall

3. Belays participants using established commands; the belayer must communicate with and provide proper instruction to all participants using the climbing wall

4. Inspects climbing equipment and supplies before and after use

5. Promptly reports incidents and any unsafe conditions to supervisor

6. Other duties as assigned


  1. Previous experience working in an instructor position with children preferred; Strong ability to effectively teach students the proper techniques of climbing.
  2. Must obtain knowledge of climbing and climbing skills for belaying; belayer certification from Experiential Systems trained facilitator required upon hire. 
  3. Excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills.
  4. Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community
  5. While performing the duties of this role, the employee is regularly required to stand; sit; walk; and will be required to lift and or support the weight of children and adults using proper equipment. 
  • Part-Time Hourly
  • Evening & weekend availability
  • $9.00
  • Complimentary Y Membership
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