We are currently accepting applications for the 2024 summer season!

For all positions: send a resume & cover letter to: info@kmacguides.com
Resume and cover letter deadline March 1, 2024.

Our guides work a more diverse range of guided activities than many guide services. We have a beginner and advanced via ferrata, hiking, outdoor education/leadership courses, institutional and private rock guiding, as well as a really cool series of youth climbing camps. Most first year rock guides can expect to work about a third institutional (single pitch youth group) days, a third via ferrata, and a third private rock. Guides may be expected to work hiking and backpacking days as well. Guides staying longer than one season will see AMGA tuition assistance, mentoring, and lots of more advanced guiding opportunities and room to grow!

Our goal is to create a community of guide-educators that are equally psyched teaching mountain skills as they are for their days off exploring the mountains of the world.

KMAC Guides has been guiding and instructing rock climbing and adventure based education courses since 1987, primarily working with youth. KMAC Guides is an accredited member of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and provides private rock climbing instruction, guided ascents, climbing camps, and wilderness courses for public and private schools, throughout Colorado and Utah. KMAC Guides is based in Estes Park, Colorado.



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Base wage is $120 per day, more once you begin private instruction days.



Job Description: the KMAC SPI Internship is designed to help develop a professional skill set in the outdoor guiding industry through mentorship and a variety of work opportunities. Interns will be provided an SPI course and exam. The course will be provided at the beginning of summer followed by two months of mentorship in and out of the field to help provide the necessary soft skills and technical skills to pass your exam at the end of summer. 

Interns will spend their work days under direct supervision of AMGA certified instructors and guides in the single pitch environment, and on our via ferrata. Interns can expect to spend the majority of their time working with youth groups in a single pitch rock guiding environment. There will also be the potential to work with private clients and backpacking trips. Interns will be expected to do other various tasks related to operations of the guide service.

This internship is salaried, for Mid-May through August the salary is $4,200. In addition, the SPI Course and Exam are covered by KMAC ($1,000 value) Amount of days worked will vary, but it is our goal to also provide you ample time off for personal climbing in the area. We consider the personal climbing to be part of the internship.

KMAC is based in Estes Park, CO. The majority of work days will be in the Estes Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park. Internships will start in late May and continue until the end of August. We are flexible to work around your school schedule if needed. There is the potential to continue work for KMAC after the internship, but it is not guaranteed.  


-At least 21 years of age 

-Current CPR certification, higher qualifications preferred

-Able to meet the requirements necessary to take the AMGA SPI Course (https://amga.com/single-pitch-instructor/)

-Significant personal climbing, outdoors, camping and wilderness travel experience

KMAC values our guides having a strong background in education and time spent working with youth. Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills and a desire to be role models for the next generation of climbers and outdoor recreationalists. As guides and educators we hope to inspire others to enjoy and care for wild places through outdoor experience. 


Base salary $4,200 (Mid-May through August)

For all positions: send a resume & cover letter to: info@kmacguides.com
Resume and cover letter deadline March 1, 2024.