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Careers with FMG

Karsten_Delap._Nose_of_Looking_Glass_Rock_NCAt Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School, we consider ourselves career Mountain Guides and Climbing Instructors.  Our full time employees have forgone careers as university professors, business people, and engineers to prove that guiding and climbing instruction can achieve fiscal solvency when pursued by career-minded professionals. Fox Mountain Guides is proud to have a core of guides that are fulltime employees, working only for Fox Mountain Guides. We are the only company in the region where guides have achieved this, we don’t work part-time jobs elsewhere, we are truly fulltime Instructors and Guides.

Such a philosophy guarantees that our climbing courses, guided days, and expeditions demonstrate professional quality and client care, unlike many of our part-time competitors.  If you are interested in working for the premiere climbing school in the Southeast, making a serious and legitimate career in mountain guiding and climbing instruction, and working amongst like-minded professionals, Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School seeks dedicated, skilled, and AMGA Instructor Level and AMGA Guide Level certified individuals.


M28A4283-2At Fox Mountain Guides we believe that a guide never stops learning and improving so we fully support our employees through ongoing education, mentorship, reviews and quality work throughout their career. Our guides get top pay rates, benefits, support and plenty of work. The Guides know that Fox Mountains Guides works for them, not them for FMG; we are all partners in the company and all benefit from its growth.

The guide’s life often demands an enormous investment of time, resources, and energy on the front end.  A young instructor’s life can be downright penurious.   But perseverance, hard-work, and a relentless pursuit of excellence will eventually garner a modest payoff; ask any of our full time employees.

If you meet the following prerequisites for an interview and are interested in working for the Southeast's most professional guide service please follow the application procedure. DO NOT CALL. If you do not meet the minimum requirements and still fill out the forms you fail the interview at the first hurdle! Remember, these are MINIMUM requirements and we select the best candidates who apply. Most have way in excess of the minimum requirements. If you do not meet our prerequisites please contact us (via email) and we will be happy to give advice on training and make suggestions on which of the guide services in the area will employ you to gain experience before coming to work for us in the future.

Internship Positions:

Click here for the Summer Internship Information page and Online Internship Application.

Instructor Level Positions:

FMG Instructors work in a single pitch setting only and instruct single clients and groups in a top rope setting.

  • Minimum AMGA Certifications: AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor. Even at the Instructor level ideally we are looking for candidates that are also AMGA Rock Instructor Course graduates.
  • Minimum First Aid Certifications: Wilderness First Responder Certified
  • Minimum Age: 21 Years Old
  • Minimum Traditional Lead Grade: 5.8
  • Work Experience: Experience working as a climbing instructor at a Guide Service, Summer Camp, Outward Bound, NOLS, etc. We are looking for instructors with a good deal of experience and normally hire individuals that have a minimum of 60-80 days of instructional work under their belt.

Click here for the online Instructor Application Form

Guide Level Positions:

FMG Guides work in single and multi-pitch settings as well as instructing our skills courses when they have met our teaching standards. They are AMGA Certified Rock Instructors, AMGA Certified Rock Guides or AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructors that have successfully completed the AMGA Rock Instructor Course.

  • Minimum AMGA Certifications: AMGA Certified Rock Instructor, AMGA Certified Rock Guide or experienced AMGA Single Pitch Instructors that have successfully completed the AMGA Rock Instructor Course.
  • Minimum First Aid Certifications: Wilderness First Responder Certified
  • Minimum Age: 21 Years Old
  • Minimum Traditional Lead Grade: 5.10a
  • Work Experience: Experience working as a climbing instructor and guide in single and multi-pitch settings. We are looking for candidates that have worked for Guide Services, Summer Camps, Outward Bound, NOLS, etc. We are looking for guides with a good deal of experience and normally hire individuals that have a minimum of 100 days of instructional work under their belt.

Click here for the online Guide Application Form