Head of Route Setting at Mile End Climbing Wall Jobs

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An unparalleled opportunity has arisen to lead the Route Setting team at the legendary Mile End Climbing Wall. Our reputation for high quality setting goes before us, and we are seeking the right candidate to take the reigns and responsibility to not only continue this, but to firmly embed route setting in our mission to make climbing accessible to all.

We are seeking a talented individual with extensive experience in route setting and a portfolio demonstrating creativity and technical proficiency to join our team and play a pivotal role in shaping the experience of our diverse community of climbers. The ideal candidate will bring a passion for developing routes that are creative and challenging for climbers of all levels.

This is a dynamic role where commitment, adaptability, communication, and an inclusive mindset are essential. You will be responsible for leading and developing our team of route setters whilst collaborating with other departments to support MECW’s goals and overall vision.

This is a senior level position covering all aspects of the role, including a minimum of 3 days/week setting, on both ropes and bouldering, as well as developing a dynamic team of setters at all levels of experience. 

Who is our future Head of Route Setting?

  • Passionate about developing new and existing talent
  • Values inclusivity and diversity
  • Leaves their ego at the door
  • Values beginners as much as the hardest crusher
  • A strategic thinker and forward planner
  • Professional
  • Team player
  • Can manage balancing the needs of a modern commercial climbing centre, whilst maintaining and valuing our heritage of world class setting

What can we offer?

  • Competitive salary
  • Enhanced annual leave (as well as long service holiday further enhancement)
  • Enhanced sick leave
  • Free climbing shoe allowance
  • Free climbing for you and a PLUS ONE (including gym access)
  • Discounted sauna entry
  • Employee Assistance programme, including in-person counselling
  • Training, learning and development opportunities

Mile End Climbing Wall is operated by the charity Development through Challenge, and we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. Therefore, if you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with every requirement of the job, we encourage you to apply. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles!

To apply, send your CV and cover letter to We will be reviewing applications and arranging interviews on a rolling basis.


Closing Date: 31st March
Salary: 40,000.00

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