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Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

We are accepting applications for the 2023 Season

 

Professional mountain guiding is an exciting and rewarding job. The people we meet, the climbers we work with, the mountains we work in, and the challenges of the terrain and environment all contribute to making guiding an exceptional profession.

For over 50 years, RMI Expeditions has trained and employed some of the foremost American guides, and we are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of both our present and past guides. Our guides have made significant advances to the sport of mountaineering and the guiding industry. We continue that legacy and are always excited to welcome new guides to our team and to the industry.

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MOUNTAIN GUIDES

An entry-level guide typically begins their career on our domestic programs in Washington, guiding on Mt. Rainier and in the North Cascades. RMI Expeditions has a robust training and mentoring program which prepares our entry-level guides for the job. As their skillset, leadership, and experience grow, guides broaden their horizons to expeditions such as Denali, Aconcagua, or a host of programs across the globe. Our primary focus is alpine climbing and ski guiding disciplines, and we are proud to work on all seven continents, providing ample opportunities for continued professional growth.

Guiding requires a passion for our clients, for the mountains, and for sharing our mountaineering knowledge and skills in a safe and professional manner.

Guiding For RMI: Notes From Some Of Our Top Guides

  • RMI Guide Casey Grom
  • Casey: "After a long-awaited dream come true, I started my guiding career in the spring of 2000. I only knew then a fraction of the benefits that I would eventually gain. The last decade has been incredible, from working under the leadership of some of the best guides in the country, to getting to travel the world as a professional mountain guide for the most famous guide service in America. I started with guiding different routes on Mt. Rainier, and after a short period of hard work, read more...

  • RMI Guide Dustin Wittmier
  • Dustin: "I work for an organized, well-respected guide service with approachable owners and managers, alongside many of the best people I have ever known. My work life and personal life both revolve around spending time outside and I finally have a sense of fulfillment at work. I am excited about the opportunities ahead and would encourage anyone considering becoming a guide to apply at RMI and see where it could take you." Read more...

  • RMI Guide Christina Von Mertens
  • Christina: "I started guiding with RMI in 2014 after working for numerous other types of guiding companies on rivers and abroad. With a knowledge of how other companies run, I can say hands-down RMI is the most professional and progressive company I have worked with. The guides and managers here set the industry standard for what high altitude and glacier guiding should be. I am constantly learning and advancing my guiding career by working with numerous senior guides and having the opportunity to travel through RMI. This keeps me fresh and excited about the next climb. Read more...

Current Guide Hiring Opportunities

We are accepting applications for Entry-Level Guide Applicants and Experienced Guide Applicants for the 2023 summer season.

Who We Hire:

As a guide for RMI, you must enjoy talking and engaging with people, communicate well, be exceptionally patient, possess solid mountaineering skills, and be in top physical condition.

RMI Guides are known for their interpersonal skills and client care. We hire climbers with strong personal climbing resumes demonstrating a solid knowledge of technical alpine climbing who are patient, professional, friendly, and have a strong work ethic.

It is preferred that applicants have completed an AMGA Alpine Skills Course, Rock Guide Course, or greater.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. In an effort to diversify the outdoor industry, RMI is actively seeking qualified female, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ applicants.

Entry-Level Applicants:

Requirements for all entry-level guide applicants include:

  • Significant personal alpine climbing/mountaineering experience.
  • Current WFR, CPR, and Avalanche Rec 1 certifications by the start of the season.
  • Participation in a personal interview held in January, February, or March.

Experienced guide applicants:

Requirements for all experienced guide applicants include:

  • IFMGA and AMGA Certified Alpine Guides or significant alpine/mountaineering guiding experience.
  • U.S. Pro 1 (or equivalent) Avalanche certificate.
  • Participation in a personal interview.

Please note that RMI does not offer college internships or unpaid apprenticeships.

Guide Hiring Application Process

All applicants are required to submit the following information electronically at the time of application.

  1. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. All guides must have received the primary COVID-19 vaccination series (1 or 2 doses depending on manufacturer) and provide proof of vaccination by the date of employment.
  3. Complete the Employment Application.
  4. Complete the Outdoor/Climbing Resume.
  5. Submit a Work Availability Calendar (Excel, pdf) indicating your availability for the summer guiding season.
  6. Submit current Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Leave No Trace Trainer (LNT) certificates or documentation of your intent to complete (e.g., receipts, course syllabus, advertised dates, etc.). RMI will offer an LNT Trainer course as part of our pre-employment training. WFR and CPR courses are not offered as part of pre-employment training and must be obtained before employment. Certificates above and beyond these minimums will carry additional weight in the hiring process. Examples of additional certifications include Avalanche Levels I, II, or III, and various American Mountain Guide Association certificates.
  7. Submit an application to Guide Supervisor, Paul Maier at [email protected].

Once we receive these items, we will review your qualifications and certifications and notify you if we would like you to attend an online group interview.

Guide Pay and Compensation:

  • Base pay is $195 per day for entry-level guides. A guide’s previous guiding experience, training, and certifications will increase this base pay rate.
  • Guides are tipped on average 10% of the program cost by each client they work with. While tips cannot be counted on for every program worked, the majority of our guides have found that tip money has remained a consistent form of income.
  • Employee housing in Ashford.
  • Meals are provided while working overnight programs on the mountain.
  • Travel pay and travel stipends for programs in the North Cascades.
  • SIMPLE IRA plan, with 3% matching, is available after one year of employment.
  • Guide uniform items.
  • Pro deals for clothing and equipment through top outdoor manufacturers.
  • Guide training and mentoring.
  • Professional Development Grants up to $1,000 for AMGA Courses.
  • Advancement opportunities, with subsequent pay raises, are available as responsibilities, certifications, and performance increase.

New hire expectations:

  • All newly hired guides, whether entry-level or experienced, must participate in mandatory pre-employment training. This paid training includes a thorough orientation to our company and our teaching and guiding techniques.
  • Once the applicant completes this pre-employment training session, the applicant is ready to begin working. The exact start date will depend on our staffing needs.
  • Entry-level guides are expected to commit to an entire season of employment, April/May/June through September.

Thank you. We very much look forward to hearing from you.

 

RMI Expeditions is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Forest - In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, the institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write:

USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights
Room 326-W, Whitten Building
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Mount Rainier National Park - These services are operated in an area under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of the Interior. No discrimination by segregation or other means in the furnishing of services or privileges on the basis of race, creed, color, ancestry, sex, age, disabling condition or national origin is permitted in the use of this facility. Violations of this prohibition are punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. Address comments to:

Superintendent
Mount Rainier National Park
55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford, WA 98304

Shuttle Drivers

Why This Job Is Great:

RMI Shuttle Drivers are an integral part of everyday operations on Mt. Rainier. Our main goals are to provide excellent support for our climbers and guides while driving teams from Rainier Base Camp in Ashford, WA to Paradise in Mt. Rainier National Park.

We are very proud of the high level of customer service and logistical support provided by the RMI Shuttle Drivers. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. In an effort to diversify the outdoor industry, RMI is actively seeking qualified female, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ applicants.

BRING YOUR EXPERTISE AND SENSE OF ADVENTURE:

Complete the Employment Application and send your resume with three references to [email protected].

Minimum Requirements for RMI Shuttle Drivers:

  • CDL-B certification
  • Must have received the primary COVID-19 vaccination series (1 or 2 doses depending on manufacturer) and provide proof of vaccination by the date of employment.

In addition to excellent customer service skills, typical work for this position includes:

  • Excellent driving record
  • Transporting climbers from Rainier Base Camp to Paradise
  • Maintaining clean vehicles
  • Availability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends
  • Friendly and personable demeanor
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to adhere to company policies and procedures

COME JOIN OUR TEAM:

RMI is hiring for part-time and full-time Shuttle Driver positions.

  • Pay starting at $17/ hour including paid wait-time (approx. $130-$160/day in wages)
  • A workplace built on respect, integrity, and adventure 
  • Gear and merchandise discount
  • Opportunity to join climbs on Mt. Rainier and in the North Cascades
  • Employee housing available in Ashford, if needed

OFFICE STAFF

Why This Job Is Great:

We help people climb mountains and achieve their goals!
The RMI Office is an integral part of everyday operations for expeditions, whether it be for climbs in our own back yard or two-week expeditions in South America.  Our main goals are to provide excellent customer service and to support our climbers and guides wherever they are in the world.
We are very proud of the high level of customer service provided by the RMI Office Team.  Our climbers love our guides once they get to meet them, but the first contact comes from the office and it is important that we start their adventure off right! 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. In an effort to diversify the outdoor industry, RMI is actively seeking qualified female, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ applicants.

In addition to excellent customer service skills, typical work for this position includes: 

  • Support to customers by responding to questions, general inquiries and customer feedback
  • Reviewing climber registration
  • Provide customers with information on climbs, equipment and local area information
  • Perform guest check in
  • Produce forms and certificates as needed for programs
  • Communicate with park services regarding program registration
  • Processes payments
  • Performs unique tasks as requested

BRING YOUR EXPERTISE AND SENSE OF ADVENTURE:

Here are some skills that we look for in our RMI Office Team:

  • Previous customer service experience 
  • Familiar with backpacking/mountaineering/skiing skills and equipment
  • Effective communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 
  • Ability to anticipate needs and work proactively
  • Ability to perform well in a fast paced and dynamic environment
  • Ability to adhere to company policies and procedures
  • Availability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends

COME JOIN OUR TEAM:

Our commitment remains the same as when we started out in 1969: to provide the safest mountain experience possible.  

  • A workplace built on respect, integrity, and adventure 
  • Gear and merchandise discount 
  • Opportunity to join climbs on Mt. Rainier and in the North Cascades
  • Pay ranges from $16 - $17/ hour
  • Housing available in Ashford, if needed 

Complete the Employment Application, send resume with three references to [email protected].

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