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Yosemite Accepting Applications for 2018 Climber Steward Positions

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Yosemite Climbing Steward Volunteer Position Rock El Capitan

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The Climber Steward Intern or Volunteer will work within the wilderness climbing management program. Climber Stewards supplement the small number of paid climbing rangers to patrol climbing areas throughout the park and serve as a critical link between the National Park Service (NPS) and the climbing community. As a climbing steward, you will help to ensure that Yosemite remains a beautiful and healthy place for the future, as its walls and crags are an integral part of a larger ecosystem, protected as Wilderness, which was set aside for people to enjoy in a natural state for generations to come.

What You Will Do as a Climbing Steward

Climbing Stewards should be able to perform a variety of duties providing information, speaking and communicating with visitors in a tactful and courteous manner, interacting and greeting visitors, providing directions and other general information. You will conduct patrols of climbing areas in both technical and non-technical terrain. As a Climber Steward, you will help maintain cleanliness of Yosemite climbing areas. Climber Stewards interact with climbing visitors, educate climbers on food storage, and assist in the clean-up/upkeep of the food storage lockers provided.

Climber Stewards communicate with the public and give information about wilderness expectations and Leave No Trace climbing techniques. You will provide visitors with general information about contemporary and historical climbing in Yosemite. The Climber Steward assists with public educational programs including Ask-A-Climber and Climber Coffee. You will provide photographs of climbing related images for use in park climbing interpretive materials. Climber Stewards assist wildlife, restoration and other park staff with projects related to climbing. Opportunities to participate in search and rescue and other emergency services will be based on qualifications and experience.


Climber Stewards must be physically fit and prepared for vigorous exercise. You must have had a self-rescue class and be comfortable lead-climbing traditional routes at the 5.10 level. Climber Stewards should have climbed at least 2 grade 6 climbs, and lead up to A2 comfortably. Knowledge of Yosemite’s climbing areas and history is preferred. Emergency medical certification at the EMT or WFR level is also preferred.

  • Length of Service: 3-6 months
  • Work Schedule: 32-40 hours a week
  • Reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses: Up to $10 per work day for those serving at least 32 hours per week.
  • Work Location: Work location will shift with the climbing seasons and include climbing areas in the Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows areas.

Applicants will be asked to provide optional supplementary materials, including a resume of work and climbing experience.

Housing and Amenities

  • Type: Camp sites
  • Description: Camp sites in Yosemite Valley and/or Tuolumne Meadows.