Not a climber? Keep reading - not all positions require climbing experience

Let's talk about what makes The Pad different:

  • Our staff sees others, and what they could become if given the ability to succeed. Expect robust training and lots of meetings to help you do this.
  • We focus on what we’re good at – community building through rock climbing and supplemental activities.
  • We build in extras: free coffee (at select locations), good wifi, and hangout places, to make getting into climbing (at least bouldering) barrier-free.
  • Accessibility – we strive for 24 hour locations when possible and inclusivity for all people.
  • We are not a franchise – we want our core values to be what’s made us successful all along – from the type of people we hire to how our building looks, to reciprocal membership wherever we are.
  • No fancy corporate anything – we encourage you to get out into the community, whether it’s a co-working space, a coffee shop, or you’re vanlifing it. We like remote working and then coming together as needed. Zoom on in from a crag – we’ll celebrate it!
  • We empower our employees to make changes and improve things. We work to recognize one another and develop core leadership qualities. Our benefits are designed to make you never need to make the choice between us and your family, life, or dreams.

Other Benefits

  • Paid bi-monthly
  • Accrued paid time off
  • Flexible hours that you control
  • Transfer and promotional opportunities
  • Gym membership for self plus immediate family
  • Retail and merchandise discounts

We are an equal opportunity employer that expressly looks for diverse voices and experiences aligned with the vision of our organization: Climbing. Community. Fitness. Love.

Clint and Jessie welcome you to the Henderson gym!

You could be the reason someone discovers something that elevates them beyond their wildest expectations. If that excites you, we want you on our team!

A group of diverse and happy people standing in front of a bouldering wall
4 cheerful women and 2 cheerful men, with 3 of the women carrying the 2 men and 1 woman on their backs

To be who we are, we focus on three things:

  • Climbing, and its community, changes lives for the better.
  • Do it the best you can or not at all.
  • Provide an amazing life for the people who serve the company.

Our goal is that when they’re here, our members feel at home.


We keep facilities clean, beautiful, inclusive, and amenity stacked. Our staff genuinely cares and is curious about each and every person that comes to our gym. We do not proselytize, but we do believe that our mere existence and our listening can bring about a lot of good in the world – and that climbing and community can empower people to bring even more beauty to our communities.

We are here because we relied on other people’s blood, sweat, tears, faith, and money – and we owe it to that legacy to be the best it can be and to serve people with the same feeling and heart that we did when it was a little wood storage unit.

We owe it to those who came before to honor them in our respect for the land, other people, and for the sport itself.

Sound good? We want to hear from you!

Don’t send that resume just yet!

We don’t want your resume, we don’t want your cover letter, and we don’t want phone calls and emails! HERE’S WHY:

We at the Pad feel that the employment process is broken and we want to address these issues and hopefully inspire others to, as well.

Why is it broken?

  • Applicants are judged on their ability to make a fancy-looking document
  • Applicants are judged on their writing ability when that may not be a requirement of their position
  • Applicants are unfairly judged based on their employment history, success in describing it, and even by their own name and location.
  • Applicants are encouraged to go above and beyond, reaching out to HR and supervisors, and writing long essays, all of which is an emotional drain on everyone
  • Salary, benefits, time expectations, and even physical ability requirements are either omitted or over-inflated.

Our process eliminates that by testing applicants in as little time as possible to see if they will be a good fit.

Our process is designed to:

  • Educate you about the organization you are applying for so you know if it is a good fit or not for you.
  • Check for the level of attention to detail we want to see prior to hiring.
  • Check for level of readiness for the position
  • Show us your personality
  • Take a minimum of time and energy for our HR team AND you
Please note – if you send resumes, cover letters, etc without being asked, we will NOT review them.

What can you expect if hired?

The Pad Climbing has an extensive hybrid online and in person training process. You will likely do remote training where you clock in from home as we teach you our history, policies, and things everyone needs to know when working for us. From there you will move to specialized skills that could take a couple weeks to master. We are committed to ongoing training both on a schedule and on an as-needed basis and always look for feedback through the process to improve.

Our goal is to give you to the tools you need to not only do your job but help you do it better than our expectations.

Proud to be a family-friendly workplace. The pad climbing was named a Hands-On-Here at Work by First Five of SLO County's family

Positions Available

Read below and click on the titles for detailed descriptions and requirements.


  • None are available now. Check back soon, we’re always growing!

Binghamton, New York

  • None are available now. Check back soon, we’re always growing!

Santa Barbara, California

  • None are available now. Check back soon, we’re always growing!

Routesetters – Want to set for us? Here’s a message from our setting director:

The route setting position requires a great deal of knowledge, experience, and ability to work long days of difficult manual labor. 
Must be able to demonstrate:
  • 4+ years experience climbing
  • 1+ years of setting experience 
  • Knowledge of rope systems such as jugging, hauling, leading/belaying and rappelling.  
  • Able to climb 5.12 & V7+
  • Comfort with working at heights
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Extremely Motivated
  • Detail Oriented
  • Team Player
If this list of requirements actually increases your interest, please contact our Route Setting Director joe@thepadclimbing.org with a resume and cover letter. Even better, introduce yourself to your local setter at any of our facilities and get to know our wonderful crew of “plastic slingers.”
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