At The Hive, we believe everyone deserves the very best in climbing, fitness, yoga, and customer service.

Our passion for climbing is only matched by our commitment to the greater climbing community, our drive to educate new and experienced climbers of all ages, and our devotion to the idea of health and wellness through leading an active lifestyle. Climbing, fitness and yoga may be our outlets, but five star experiences are what set us apart. Help us achieve our mission to make life better, together!
Location: The Hive - Vancouver & Surrey
Employment Type: Permanent Full-Time (40hrs/week)
Wage: $45,000 - $60,000

Deadline: March 22, 2024



The Head Route Setter is responsible for setting high-quality and challenging routes that cater to climbers of all skill levels. This position requires a deep understanding of climbing movements, route grading, injury prevention, and training techniques. The Head Route Setter will be a vital leader and mentor to the route setting team and Hive staff members.


  • Set high-quality routes for all climbing areas in the gym.
  • Ensure that routes are graded accurately and challenging enough to meet the needs of the gym’s members, Youth Recreational Programs, and the Competitive Climbing Team.
  • Conduct regular assessments to track teams’ progress and adjust training plans accordingly.
  • Collaborate with the gym management team to maintain the climbing and training area’s aesthetics, including the selection of holds, equipment, and volumes.
  • Regularly assess and maintain climbing and training equipment, including ropes, anchors, weights, resistance bands, and hangboards
  • Ensure that all routes and equipment meet safety standards
  • Provide leadership, mentorship to the route setting crew in order to help build the technical route setting knowledge of the setting team at the assigned facility(ies). This includes onboarding and training of new route setters.
  • Constantly ensure the health & safety of the crew by enforcing adherence to WorkSafeBC rules including proper use of ear/eye protection, ladder and all facets of risk-mitigating bouldering.
  • Assist with competitions and events are required
  • Help execute competitions hosted by the Hive including sanctioned events with the SCBC, CEC, Tour De Blocs, Arc’teryx Academy and in-house events.
  • Provide excellent customer service to all gym members

  • No degree, certificate or diploma
  • Minimum climbing level of V6+
  • 3-5 years of climbing experience
  • 2-3 years of experience in route setting
  • 1+ years of climbing gym work experience
  • Current first aid and CPR certification
  • Comfortable working at heights for short and long periods of time
  • Brilliant coordination, mentorship, and informed risk-based decision making
  • Strong communication and leadership skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Flexibility to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as required

  • Mentorship and professional development program
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including health, and dental
  • Hive Ultimate Membership
  • Vacation & paid sick time off
  • Annual reviews, with potential wage increases

    To be considered for our Head Route Setter opportunity, please submit your application online through this form. If we feel there is a good match, we will reach out.

    The Hive is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.