Part-time | Seasonal | Summer
We have opportunities in these areas:
Madison Area/Dane County
Our primary climbing season runs from April into October. We climb many weekends throughout this time frame. Our weekday climbs take place in the evening after school (Apr, May, Sep, Oct) and during the day in the summer (Jun, Jul, Aug). You sign up for the climbs that fit your schedule.
Tree Climbing Facilitator
Tree Climbing Facilitators enable inexperienced climbers to enjoy climbing into tall, mature trees using professional rope & harnes climbing systems.
As facilitators, we inspect and prepare the tree and climbers for climbing. As a team we give an intro & demonstrate the climbing technique, then work with each participant to help them do it themself!
We show them how to do it, but they do the actual climbing themselves. This is why our climbing experience has such a positive impact on their self-image and confidence. It is also what makes the role of facilitator such a rewarding experience.
We provide encouragement, guidance, and support to climbers during their time aloft. We may assist climbers as they work through various challenges and during their descent. We also keep an eye on saftey.
Through facilitating the climbing experience, you will develop your leadership & communication skills. You’ll also learn how to climb and have time to develop your own climbing skills!
Don't know how to climb yet? Most of our facilitators were new to the idea of technical tree climbing when they first joined us. Your first day on the job will have you climbing into the trees! (read about our training program below)
All of our climbs are run by tree climbing facilitators, so there are many opportunities to leave a lasting impression on each participant you work with!
All facilitators need to be, or in the process of becoming proficient in technical tree climbing (including tree inspection, MRS climbing, equipment operation and inspection, etc).
- New employees enter our training program on your first day, beginning with the basics of technical tree climbing: what trees are appropriate for climbing, tying knots to form the climbing system, and techniques for ascending and moving around the branches with safety at the forefront.
- This is followed by our facilitation training program: understanding participant fears and learning styles, safety checks, facilitating the climbing the climbing experience, and assistance/rescue techniques.
- During training, you are working facilitated events alongside the owner, a GOTC Recognized Master Instructor & Lead Facilitator.
- During your shifts, you often have time and are encouraged to head up for personal climb time so you can develop your own climbing skills.
- By the end of your first season, you will have covered the course work introduced in our Beginning Tree Climbing and Tree Climbing Facilitation courses. At that time, you will likely have progressed to the point where you are able to successfully pass the associated skills assessments to obtain your credentials as a GOTC Recognized Facilitator, if you desire.