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August 26, 2015

Monarch Mountain

Position: Professional Ski Patroller

Monarch Mountain

Position: Ski Patrol
Position/Department: Ski Patrol
Hours: Full-time, seasonal
Posted: 8/26/15
Responsible for safely managing the first aid, evacuation, and transportation of sick/injured guests off the mountain. Maintain ski area trails, signage, slope closures, and permitted boundary. Complete and file appropriate documentation. Conduct avalanche hazard reduction, lift evacuations, and search and rescue operations when necessary. Applicants must possess a current certification in EMT-B, WFR or OEC and CPR. Applicants must be an advanced skier and willing to work in adverse mountain conditions. Applicants must be at least 21 years old. Submit your resume and cover letter to the email address below.

Contact:

Close Date: 2015-11-01


August 21, 2015

Snowbasin Resort Company

Position: Assistant Ski Patrol Director

SUMMARY: The Assistant Ski Patrol Director will assist in overseeing the daily operations of Ski Patrol and Snow Safety personnel while focusing on building a strong team through effective training and leadership. This is a supervisory position tasked with day-to-day decision making as well as planning and implementing strategies for the future growth of our program.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (other duties may be assigned):
• Assisting with recruiting, hiring and on-boarding employees
• Helping develop and deliver contents of refresher
• Goal setting, performance management and progress tracking
• Overseeing and ensuring quality of training and implementing new strategies when necessary
• Coordinating and teaching Outdoor Emergency Care and avalanche education courses
• Promoting a culture of exceptional customer service
• Schedule and timecard management
• Labor and budget management
• Assisting with HR and employee related matters
• Overseeing daily operations of Ski Patrol and Snow Safety personnel while functioning appropriately in the
absence of the Ski Patrol Director

RESPONSIBILITIES TO SAFETY:
• Promote a culture of safety for guests and employees
• Assist with development and implementation of resort safety initiatives
• Ensure all department and company safety policies are being followed
• Ensure appropriate training and certification of all team members
• Report potentially hazardous equipment and safety related incidents to immediate supervisor or
appropriate department(s)

QUALIFICATIONS:
• High level of energy and enthusiasm for skiing and patrolling
• Proven ability to motivate employees and drive engagement
• Commitment to the success of individual employees, the department and the resort as a whole
• Ability to handle conflict with diplomacy and tact
• Effective speaking and listening skills
• Willing to work weekends, holidays and as needed

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
• At least 3 to 7 years Ski Patrol work experience with demonstrated progression of increasing responsibility
• Ability to instruct fixed-grip/detachable chair and gondola evacuation
• Excellent knowledge of snow science methodology and avalanche reduction
• Proficient with Microsoft Office applications
• Strong background in guest service and/or public relations
• High school diploma - required; college degree - preferred

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
• Valid EMT, OEC or higher certification – required
• Recent Level 2 Avalanche certification or higher – preferred
• OEC instructor – preferred
• Avalanche Level 1 instructor or higher – preferred

Possibility of year-round employment. Resume and Cover Letter required for consideration.

Contact:

Close Date: 2015-09-04


August 20, 2015

Sawtooth Avalanche Center

Position: Avalanche Specialist - Forecaster

Sawtooth National Forest, Ketchum, ID
Meteorological Technician – Avalanche Forecaster, GS-1341-08, Temporary

The Sawtooth National Forest will soon be advertising a temporary Meteorological Technician position – Avalanche Forecaster, GS-1341-08, 1039. The duty station for this position is Ketchum, Idaho. The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming opportunity. If you wish to be notified when the job is announced and open to application, please contact Scott Savage, Sawtooth Avalanche Center Director, at the email address below.

THE POSITION

This position is assigned to the Sawtooth Avalanche Center located in Ketchum, Idaho, and reports to the Avalanche Center Director. The Avalanche Center collects field data on mountain snowpack and weather, creates a daily avalanche advisory for south central Idaho (during winter months), maintains a network of remote weather stations, and conducts professional and recreational snow and avalanche education.

The successful incumbent will be highly skilled in mountain weather and avalanche forecasting, will have experience writing public avalanche advisories, and will have previous seasons of experience working, travelling, and acting as an operational decision-maker in adverse mountain environments. They will possess expert backcountry ski and off-trail snowmobile skills. They will also have strong written and verbal communication skills and fine attention to detail. The position requires proficiency with Microsoft Office and other common computer software programs and requires some internet technology skills. Hourly pay for this position starts at $21.00/hour.

It is expected that the position will be filled through a single vacancy announcement, which may be accessed through the U.S. Government's official website for employment opportunities at www.usajobs.gov. The close date listed in this posting is estimated. Those that wish to be considered for this position must apply to the vacancy announcement by the closing date noted on the announcement. Individuals who respond to this outreach effort will be sent notice of the vacancy announcement when it is posted. All applicants who have applied to the announcement on or before the listed dates and are found to be qualified and in the quality group will be referred for consideration.

Contact:

Close Date: 2015-09-03


August 18, 2015

Solitude Mountain Resort

Position: Full Time Professional Ski Patrol

Solitude Mountain Resort, UT is hiring full time ski patrol positions for the 2015-2016 season. Expert skiing skills and equipment are required. Previous ski patrol, avalanche mitigation, and mountaineering experience recommended. Season runs November to April.

Contact:


August 18, 2015

WOLF CREEK SKI AREA

Position: Position: Professional Ski Patroller

Wolf Creek Ski Area is currently accepting applications for full time Professional Ski Patrol for the 2015-2016 ski seasons. A current Colorado EMT certificate is required. Previous patrol experience is beneficial but not required. Starting pay is $11.00 to $14.00 per hour depending on experience, with considerations for merit-based wage increases. For more information and an application, please visit www.wolfcreekski.com.

Contact:

Close Date: 2015-12-31


August 6, 2015  --CLOSED--

Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center

Position: Avalanche Specialist (Forecaster)

Chugach National Forest
***OUTREACH NOTICE***
Meteorological Technician (GS-1341-7)
Avalanche Specialist

The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center (CNFAIC) will soon be filling a GS-1341-07, Meteorological Technician (Avalanche Forecaster) position. This is a temporary Seasonal, 1039 hour appointment (November – April) with a duty station in Girdwood, AK. This notification is being circulated to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming opportunity. The vacancy announcement will be advertised as a DEMO announcement (all candidates) and will be posted at www.usajobs.gov. All potential applicants who respond to this outreach will be sent the link to the vacancy announcement when it is available.

Position Description
The CNFAIC issues daily avalanche bulletins and avalanche warnings during the winter months to assist backcountry recreationalists in making informed and safe backcountry travel decisions. CNFAIC staff also teaches a number of educational programs to backcountry recreationalists (skiers, snowboarders, snowmachiners, snowshoers, etc.), local emergency service personnel, Forest Service personnel, youth groups and others as requested. The successful applicant will work as an avalanche forecaster for Alaska’s Type 1 Regional avalanche center writing daily observations and advisories, providing avalanche education to the community and investigating avalanche accidents when necessary.

Responsibilities include:
● Issuance of daily backcountry avalanche bulletins for public dissemination
● Issuance of avalanche warnings through local media outlets
● Safely conduct regular fieldwork (as group leader) in avalanche terrain using backcountry skis and/ or a snowmachine as means of travel
● Act as a safe and competent field partner for avalanche center staff
● Write daily observations post-field day for inclusion on the CNFAIC website. www.cnfaic.org
● Interpret National Weather Service weather models to write a mountain weather forecast
● Update database of avalanche information. Update website and social media outlets
● Write articles and/ or blogs on relevant topics
● Conduct interviews with local media (TV, radio, newspapers)
● Interface with avalanche professionals in the community and emergency service organizations
● Safely conduct avalanche investigations when needed
● Teach classroom and field-based avalanche education programs for a variety of audiences
● Act as an adviser/ mentor for an avalanche center intern
● Support the districts winter recreation and trails program
● Other duties as assigned (including cleaning and maintaining trailhead outhouse facilities)

The candidate should possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
● Strong background and advanced training in snowpack observation and avalanche hazard evaluation and companion rescue. AvPro or Level 3 (AAA) desired or Canadian equivalent
● Strong backcountry skiing and snowmachining skills
● Excellent physical condition with strong skills in mountain travel and winter survival
● Excellent verbal and written communication skills
● Well-versed in a variety of computer programs and applications
● Knowledge of mountain weather and forecasting from computer models
● Ability to shovel copious amounts of snow in the cold and dark

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Field work will be performed outdoors in a winter environment. Travel will include accessing job sites by backcountry skis and snowmachines, sometimes through avalanche terrain. Early mornings are also required as advisories are due by 7am daily meaning work often begins at 4am. South-central Alaska experiences a variety of snowpack and climates, including areas receiving large and frequent maritime snowstorms and areas with a shallow more inter-mountain type snowpack. Unfortunately, mid-winter rain events are also not an uncommon occurrence for this area of Alaska.

HOUSING:
Seasonal housing may be available in Girdwood at a subsidized Government rate.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION:
Duty station for this position is Girdwood, Alaska. Girdwood, while part of the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA), is a separate, unique community. Several current district employees commute from the more urbanized Anchorage bowl, approximately 40 miles north of Girdwood, while the majority live in the small, resort community informally known as Glacier City.
Alyeska Resort is the dominating feature of Girdwood, and is the state’s largest ski area. The resort influence raises the ratio of eateries and lounges as compared to a typical small Alaskan community. A K-8 public school, MOA Library, health clinic, volunteer fire dept. and a small, but well-stocked grocery store provide the basic necessities, while the Anchorage bowl has just about every type of store and service.

More Community Information is available at:
www.girdwoodchamber.com

www.fs.fed.us

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Those who are interested in any of these opportunities must meet the qualification requirements for the grade listed. Qualifications are covered in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook. These standards are available on the Internet at www.opm.gov

Contact:

Close Date: 2015-09-01


August 5, 2015

Irwin Guides

Position: Assistant Snow Safety Director

Irwin Guides, a snow cat skiing operation based in Crested Butte CO, is seeking an Assistant Snow Safety Director. The job is to assist in managing the snow safety program, lead daily avalanche forecasting efforts, manage explosives and mitigation efforts, and work as a ski guide. This position would spend the first season in an intensive training role working under the snow safety director and an interim assistant snow safety director to learn the terrain and the intricacies of the program.

Responsibilities/Duties/Functions/Tasks

Snow Safety and Training
- Assist in Managing Irwin Guides Snow Safety Program
- Attend meetings with managers pre-season, early and late day, and post season
- Assist with ordering, storing, managing inventory, and documenting, all explosives use
- Facilitate strategic avalanche mitigation work seasonally, weekly, and daily
- Assist in managing ski and boot packing program
- Assist in scheduling, planning, and executing snow safety trainings (pre-season & ongoing)
- Lead avalanche forecasting efforts in the morning and evaluations in evening
- Facilitate stability forecasting & evaluation processes (am & pm guide meetings)
- Take lead on daily run status and facilitate the decision-making process on open, closed, and standby terrain for the day.
- Blaster in Charge (BIC) during avalanche mitigation missions
- Responsible for sharing and entering daily weather, snowpack, and avalanche observations, run usage, client info, and other data into database
- Communicate with local avalanche centers as an observer
- Manage two weather stations (study plot and ridge top)

Ski Guide Duties
o Deliver morning guest briefing
o Choose appropriate terrain & runs in regards to stability, guest experience, time of day, and weather forecast.
o Decide & brief guests on how each run will be managed
o Oversee daily risk management and well being of all guests
o Manage accidents, provide medical care, and coordinate rescue efforts as incident commander
o Collect and record weather, snowpack, and avalanche field observations

Administration
o Take lead on Magazine Inventories
o Complete all explosives paper work (daily & blast report), and help with daily inventory
o Complete incident report forms or accident investigation paperwork
o Help create and manage snow safety database

Other Duties
o Snow shoveling, preparing and cleaning guest facilities, straightening bamboo and signs, gassing snowmobiles, helping other departments, and other tasks as necessary

Qualifications
- Level 3 Avalanche Trained (or equivalent training or experience)
- Professional Weather & Avalanche forecasting experience
- Wilderness First Responder or WEMT-B & CPR
- 5 years of professional decision making in avalanche terrain
- Must be an Expert in Avalanche Rescue Skills
- Type 1 Explosives Permit with Colorado State Division of Oil & Public Safety
- Extensive knowledge and experience guiding in a continental snowpack
- Strong knowledge and familiarity of permitted terrain
- Experience managing a Snow, Weather, and Avalanche Database
- Experience with explosives including; storing, assembling, detonating, and inventory requirements.
- Must possess excellent guiding skills, interpersonal skills, and have a helpful and friendly attitude.
- Must possess personal tact, discretion, and good judgment.
- Must posses strong communication skills and dynamic decision making skills

Preferences
- American Mountain Guide Association Ski Guide Course and/or certification
- Experience on a Professional Ski Patrol
- Experience working as a mechanized ski guide

Special Position Requirements
- Must be comfortable travelling in complex avalanche terrain
- Must be comfortable transporting, storing, and assembling explosives
- Must be comfortable conducting avalanche mitigation work including
- Ski cutting, detonating explosives (hand charges and air blasts), ski & boot packing

Work Requirements
- Must ride snowmobile to and from Crested Butte to Irwin, often in the dark.
- Must be able to spend extended periods of time outside in the winter between 10-12,000 feet
- Must be an Expert Skier in all conditions with a heavy pack
- Must be able to lift 50+ pounds repeatedly

Contact:

Close Date: 2015-11-15


July 30, 2015  --CLOSED--

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Position: Weather and Avalanche Forecaster, Boulder

Class: Part-time, permanent

Complete Job Description and Application Instructions can be found here: www.governmentjobs.com

DUTIES
This position collects and analyzes weather and snow data to create short-term spot weather forecasts to support the highway avalanche forecasting program and to create backcountry avalanche forecasts for public recreation; works with the Colorado Department of Transportation's highway operations; and supports rescue and avalanche safety groups. The position develops tools to increase the efficiency and accuracy of the forecasting program including modifying and maintaining numerical weather and snow pack forecast models; developing statistical tools (such as regression trees) to forecast snow and weather phenomena; utilizing the CAIC database to create expert systems and neural networks for forecast applications; and developing web-based data visualization software for numerical model output and observational data. The position develops curricula and technical courses on weather and snow and avalanche forecasting which range from the backcountry awareness level to the professional development level.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in a physical science such as Physics, Engineering, Meteorology, Physical Geography, Hydrology, or a closely related field AND two years of professional avalanche forecasting experience, which included at least one year of experience developing and using web-based software; and using weather and snow modeling systems.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Must possess a current Wilderness First Responder certification or be willing and able to obtain the certification
Must be willing and able to work full-time as required
Must be willing and able to work 4:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., as necessary
Must be willing and able to exert up to 20 lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 10 lbs of force frequently
Must be willing and able to obtain a Type I Explosive Permit with an avalanche endorsement, which will require a background check
Must be willing and able to work with explosives
Must be willing and able to pass a background check for access to the National Weather Service - Weather Forecast Office
Must possess and maintain a valid state of Colorado driver's license
Must be willing and able to travel within the state and occasional out-of-state travel.
Ability to travel in the backcountry during the winter
Ability to travel on high very steep exposed portions of mountainous terrain
Must be willing and able to tolerate cold weather and wet or humid conditions
Must be willing and able to tolerate noise and vibration related to explosives.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
Familiarity with atmospheric physics and dynamics
Familiarity with snow physics and avalanche dynamics
Experience with modern avalanche and weather forecasting techniques.
Experience in technical writing
Experience in education of people of all ages.

SUBSTITUTIONS
A combination of work experience in the occupational field or specialized subject area of the work assigned to the job, which provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for year basis for the bachelor's degree but not for the specific experience.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire

Contact:

Close Date: 2015-08-14


July 16, 2015  --CLOSED--

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Position: Weather and Avalanche Forecaster

Organization: Colorado Avalanche Information Center
Position: Weather and Avalanche Forecaster, Boulder
Class: Temporary Seasonal (November 1 through April 30)
Compensation: $22/hour

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) is a program of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Our mission is to provide avalanche information, education and promote research for the protection of life, property and the enhancement of the state's economy.

The CAIC has eight offices throughout the state and 20 employees. The group provides daily mountain weather and avalanche forecasts for backcountry regions and transportation corridors, and works in a close partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation. The CAIC also provides snow and avalanche education to groups ranging from elementary school to university students, and work-place safety training for a variety of industries. Forecasters consult with local, state, and federal government agencies and provide support for search and rescue operations.

Forecasters in the Boulder office work both independently and with other CAIC staff to provide backcountry avalanche information and safety training for public recreation. They also provide weather forecasts for backcountry and highway operations. This position will work out of the CAIC’s Boulder office, which is located in the National Weather Services’ Weather Forecast Office in Boulder, Colorado.

Essential Job Functions
-Collect field data on snow, weather and avalanche conditions
-Work with forecasters in other offices to analyze snow, weather and avalanche observations and determine current and future trends in avalanche danger
-Write accessible and technically accurate products on snow and avalanche conditions
-Teach avalanche concepts and safety techniques
-Support other avalanche safety operations including mechanized ski operations, backcountry guiding operations, and search and rescue

Job Skills
Essential
-Clear a background check from the US Department of Commerce to gain access to the Boulder campus
-Operational avalanche forecasting experience
-Strong written and spoken communication skills
-Excellent fitness and winter backcountry travel skills
-Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and web-based software packages
Desired
-Experience with Campbell Scientific remote measurement systems
-Experience with computer network systems
-Experience with data base and data management systems
-Experience with web applications

Qualifications (minimum)
-2 years of operational avalanche forecasting experience
-Professional avalanche training such as: National Avalanche School, Level III, AVPRO, CAA Level II, or equivalent training course
-Current Wilderness First Responder certification

Qualifications (desired)
-Undergraduate or graduate degree in an earth or physical science, or engineering
-Search and rescue experience
-Ski industry or backcountry guiding experience
-AAA Certified Instructor or AIARE Qualified Instructor

Interested applicants can send a resume and cover letter to:
Colorado Avalanche Information Center
Attn: Ethan Greene
1313 Sherman St. Rm 415
Denver, CO 80203

Applications should include:
-A cover letter
-A resume
-Your contact information including physical address, phone, and email address
-Professional work experience including a summary of your duties in each position and contact information for each employer
-Three references and their contact information (Professional references can send letters to the address above, but reference letters are not required)
-Additional information relevant to the items in this announcement

Applications will be accepted through August 10, 2015. We will conduct interviews (in Boulder or via phone or Skype) the week of August 24th.

Notes:
-There is no state residency requirement to apply for this position.
-This position will require backcountry winter travel in all types of terrain. The employee will supply appropriate clothing and travel equipment.
-This position will require winter driving. When state vehicles are not available, the employee will supply an appropriate vehicle for winter travel. Employees are eligible for state travel reimbursement.
-Work load is 40 hours/week, but will include weekends, evening hours and holidays.
-Compensation is an hourly wage and does not include any benefit package. The employee is eligible for pre-approved over-time pay.

Contact:

Close Date: 2015-08-10


July 16, 2015  --CLOSED--

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Position: Avalanche Forecaster

Organization: Colorado Avalanche Information Center
Position: Avalanche Forecaster, Steamboat and Flat Tops
Class: Temporary Seasonal (November 1 through April 30)
Compensation: $20/hour

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) is a program of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Our mission is to provide avalanche information, education and promote research for the protection of life, property and the enhancement of the state’s economy.

The CAIC has eight offices throughout the state and 20 employees. The group provides daily mountain weather and avalanche forecasts for backcountry regions and transportation corridors, and works in a close partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation. The CAIC also provides snow and avalanche education to groups ranging from elementary school to university students, and work-place safety training for a variety of industries. Forecasters consult with local, state, and federal government agencies and provide support for search and rescue operations.

The forecaster for the Steamboat and Flat Tops zone will work both independently and with other CAIC staff to provide backcountry avalanche information and safety training for public recreation. This is a new position that could be located anywhere in the zone, but will likely be located in Steamboat Springs.

Essential Job Functions
-Collect field data on snow, weather and avalanche conditions
-Work with forecasters in other offices to analyze snow, weather and avalanche observations and determine current and future trends in avalanche danger
-Write accessible and technically accurate products on snow and avalanche conditions
-Teach avalanche concepts and safety techniques
-Support other avalanche safety operations including mechanized ski operations, backcountry guiding operations, and search and rescue

Job Skills
Essential
-Operational avalanche forecasting experience
-Strong written and spoken communication skills
-Excellent fitness and winter backcountry travel skills
-Ability to ride a snowmobile on an off groomed trails
-Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and web-based software packages
Desired
-Experience with Campbell Scientific remote measurement systems
-Experience with computer network systems
-Experience with data base and data management systems
-Experience with web applications

Qualifications (minimum)
-2 years of operational avalanche forecasting experience
-Professional avalanche training such as: National Avalanche School, Level III, AVPRO, CAA Level II, or equivalent training course
-Current Wilderness First Responder certification

Qualifications (desired)
-Undergraduate or graduate degree in an earth or physical science, or engineering
-Search and rescue experience
-Ski industry or backcountry guiding experience
-AAA Certified Instructor or AIARE Qualified Instructor

Interested applicants can send a resume and cover letter to:
Colorado Avalanche Information Center
Attn: Ethan Greene
1313 Sherman St. Rm 415
Denver, CO 80203

Applications should include:
-A cover letter
-A resume
-Your contact information including physical address, phone, and email address
-Professional work experience including a summary of your duties in each position and contact information for each employer
-Three references and their contact information (Professional references can send letters to the address above, but reference letters are not required)
-Additional information relevant to the items in this announcement

Applications will be accepted through August 10, 2015. We will conduct interviews the week of August 24th.

Notes:
-There is no state residency requirement to apply for this position.
-This position will require backcountry winter travel in all types of terrain. The employee will supply appropriate clothing and travel equipment.
-This position will require winter driving. When state vehicles are not available, the employee will supply an appropriate vehicle for winter travel. Employees are eligible for state travel reimbursement.
-Work load is 40 hours/week, but will include weekends, evening hours and holidays.
-Compensation is an hourly wage and does not include any benefit package. The employee is eligible for pre-approved over-time pay.

Contact:

Close Date: 2015-08-10


July 16, 2015  --CLOSED--

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Position: Avalanche Forecaster

Organization: Colorado Avalanche Information Center
Position: Avalanche Forecaster, San Juan Mountains
Class: Temporary Seasonal (November 1 through April 30)
Compensation: $20/hour

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) is a program of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Our mission is to provide avalanche information, education and promote research for the protection of life, property and the enhancement of the state’s economy.

The CAIC has eight offices throughout the state and 20 employees. The group provides daily mountain weather and avalanche forecasts for backcountry regions and transportation corridors, and works in a close partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation. The CAIC also provides snow and avalanche education to groups ranging from elementary school to university students, and work-place safety training for a variety of industries. Forecasters consult with local, state, and federal government agencies and provide support for search and rescue operations.

The forecaster for the San Juan Mountain zones will work both independently and with other CAIC staff to provide backcountry avalanche information and safety training for public recreation. This position has been located in the Telluride and Ridgway areas, but there is potential for other work locations in the Northern and Southern San Juan zones.

Essential Job Functions
-Collect field data on snow, weather and avalanche conditions
-Work with forecasters in other offices to analyze snow, weather and avalanche observations and determine current and future trends in avalanche danger
-Write accessible and technically accurate products on snow and avalanche conditions
-Teach avalanche concepts and safety techniques
-Support other avalanche safety operations including mechanized ski operations, backcountry guiding operations, and search and rescue

Job Skills
Essential
-Operational avalanche forecasting experience
-Strong written and spoken communication skills
-Excellent fitness and winter backcountry travel skills
-Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and web-based software packages
Desired
-Experience with Campbell Scientific remote measurement systems
-Experience with computer network systems
-Experience with data base and data management systems
-Experience with web applications

Qualifications (minimum)
-2 years of operational avalanche forecasting experience
-Professional avalanche training such as: National Avalanche School, Level III, AVPRO, CAA Level II, or equivalent training course
-Current Wilderness First Responder certification

Qualifications (desired)
-Undergraduate or graduate degree in an earth or physical science, or engineering
-Search and rescue experience
-Ski industry or backcountry guiding experience
-AAA Certified Instructor or AIARE Qualified Instructor

Interested applicants can send a resume and cover letter to:
Colorado Avalanche Information Center
Attn: Ethan Greene
1313 Sherman St. Rm 415
Denver, CO 80203

Applications should include:
-A cover letter
-A resume
-Your contact information including physical address, phone, and email address
-Professional work experience including a summary of your duties in each position and contact information for each employer
-Three references and their contact information (Professional references can send letters to the address above, but reference letters are not required)
-Additional information relevant to the items in this announcement

Applications will be accepted through August 10, 2015. We will conduct interviews the week of August 24th.

Notes:
-There is no state residency requirement to apply for this position.
-This position will require backcountry winter travel in all types of terrain. The employee will supply appropriate clothing and travel equipment.
-This position will require winter driving. When state vehicles are not available, the employee will supply an appropriate vehicle for winter travel. Employees are eligible for state travel reimbursement.
-Work load is 40 hours/week, but will include weekends, evening hours and holidays.
-Compensation is an hourly wage and does not include any benefit package. The employee is eligible for pre-approved over-time pay.

Contact:

Close Date: 2015-08-10


July 15, 2015  --CLOSED--

Sawtooth Avalanche Center - USFS: Ketchum, ID

Position: Meteorological Technician - Lead Avalanche Forecaster

The Sawtooth National Forest is planning to fill a permanent seasonal Lead Avalanche Forecaster, GS-1341-08, position this summer. This position is assigned to the Sawtooth Avalanche Center located in Ketchum, Idaho, and reports to the Avalanche Center Director. This position is guaranteed 13 pay periods of full-time employment each year. Generally, the season of work is November through April with the opportunity to extend the season of work if available funding exists. The Avalanche Center collects field data on mountain snowpack and weather, creates a daily avalanche advisory for south central Idaho (during winter months), maintains a network of remote weather stations, and conducts professional and recreational snow and avalanche education.

The successful incumbent will be an expert in mountain weather and avalanche forecasting, will have experience writing public avalanche advisories, and will have many seasons of experience working, travelling, and acting as an operational decision-maker in adverse mountain environments via skis and snowmobiles. He or she will also have strong written and verbal communication skills, fine attention to detail, and project management experience. The position requires proficiency with Microsoft Office and other common computer software programs and requires some internet technology skills. Hourly pay for this position starts at $20.58/hour and insurance and retirement benefits are available.

The job opens on the USA Jobs website (www.usajobs.gov on Thursday July 16th and closes on July 27th.

Contact Scott Savage with questions or for additional information.

Contact:

Close Date: 2015-07-27


July 14, 2015

Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center

Position: Director

The Chugach National Forest (CNF) is advertising to fill one permanent seasonal, GS-1301-9 Avalanche Center Director located in Girdwood, Alaska based 35 miles south of Anchorage. This is an exciting opportunity to take a leadership role in a center strongly supported by an energetic Friends group. There are great opportunities and capacity to developed new partnerships with adjacent agencies, districts, and stakeholders. The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center (CNFAIC) is a Type 1 Regional Center of Excellence, and the Director is regularly sought out by the news media, educational institutions, grassroots avalanche centers and others looking for information and advice.

The Director provides leadership to a professional team of avalanche specialists at the GS-7 and GS-8 level as well as an intern in order to successfully implement a 7 day/ week forecasting operation during the winter months. This position is responsible for the day to day operations and quality control that disseminates clear and concise snowpack, avalanche and weather information to thousands of backcountry recreationists every day. Information dissemination is primarily through a website, social media and a dedicated phone hotline. Other duties include fielding outreach and education requests, maintaining working relationships within the greater Alaska avalanche community in addition to some recreation resource duties such as trail clearing and facility upkeep at recreation sites.

Effective communication (written and verbal) is a key attribute the successful candidate must possess.

Field work will be performed outdoors in a winter environment. Travel will include accessing job sites by backcountry skis and snowmobiles, sometimes through avalanche terrain. Strong off-piste skiing and snowmobiling skills are necessary. Early mornings are also required as advisories are due by 7am daily meaning work often begins at 4:30am. South-central Alaska experiences a variety of snowpack and climates, including areas receiving large and frequent maritime snowstorms and areas with a shallow more inter-mountain type snowpack. Mid-winter rain events are also not an uncommon occurrence in south-central Alaska.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Those who are interested must meet the qualification requirements for the GS-1301 series. Administrative and Management Standards are identified in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. The Handbook is available for review at any federal personnel office OR on the Internet at Position Qualifications and Standards

For further information about CNFAIC please visit www.cnfaic.org
For further information on the position please contact David Ilse at 907-754-2317 or the email address below.

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June 9, 2015

Copper Mountain Resort

Position: Woodward Copper Ski Patrol

To be considered for Woodward Copper Ski Patrol positions, please submit an online application at www.coppercolorado.com

Still don't have those summer plans locked down yet? We have openings for our Woodward Copper summer camp series as Ski Patrollers and Ski Patrol Foreman. For more information, check us out online at www.coppercolorado.com

Copper Mountain is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Gender/Minority/Veterans/Disabled. We offer competitive benefits, employee housing, and a unique work atmosphere. All of our job opportunities are located at Copper Mountain Resort in Summit County, Colorado. 90 miles west of Denver, we are situated in the heart of Colorado's playground. All candidates must fill out an application to be considered for employment.

Can you see yourself here - Apply now!

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Job solicitations are posted at no charge as a service to the avalanche worker's community by WWAN and the AAAP.