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March 31, 2014

AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education)

Position: Executive Director

Executive Director
American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education
Background
The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) is the leading provider
of avalanche training courses in the United States and has established the de facto national
standard for avalanche education. AIARE’s mission is to save lives through avalanche
education. It is a Colorado 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Since its founding in 1999, AIARE has trained over 1,000 instructors who have taught more than
30,000 students. Annually, approximately 350 qualified AIARE instructors offer courses to more
than 4000 students. In recent years, AIARE’s growth and reputation continually spawned new
international programs in Europe and South America.
AIARE course providers supply backcountry users at all levels of experience with the knowledge
and tools necessary to assess and manage their risk. Yet, on average, more than 200 people
worldwide die in avalanche accidents yearly. More than 200 avalanche related fatalities have
occurred in North America in the last five years alone.
AIARE’s goals are to:
• Increase public awareness of avalanches and avalanche safety.
• Provide high quality avalanche education thereby enhancing public awareness and
safety.
• Provide avalanche instructors with the curriculum, training and tools with which to
educate students about the knowledge, methods, and decision-making skills necessary
to travel in avalanche terrain.
• Develop an international network of professional avalanche educators, and provide
professional development in the form of instructor training and continued professional
education.
To achieve its goals, AIARE pursues partnerships and alliances that promote winter
recreation confidence and public safety. Through open, transparent, and cooperative efforts,
AIARE draws on a wide array of avalanche and education experts to develop state-of-the-art
avalanche course curriculum, instructor training programs, and student decision-making
tools.
Position Description
The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the
American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) according to the strategic
direction set by the Board of Directors. Strong fundraising skills, a passion for avalanche
education and an entrepreneurial spirit will be necessary.
Specific responsibilities include:
Organizational leadership, program development and administration
• Support the Board of Directors in developing a long-range, mission-driven strategy
and be accountable for implementing Board-authorized plans and policies.
• Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans in
coordination with the Board of Directors and staff.
• Establish regular and clear communications with the Board, an annual calendar of
periodic meetings, and support Board development (including recruitment and
orientation of new members).
• Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.
• Develop and maintain appropriate internal systems, processes and controls and
maintain official records and documents and ensure compliance with federal, state
and local regulations.
• Together with the Board chair and secretary, conduct official correspondence of the
organization and execute legal documents as necessary and appropriate.
Budget and Financial Stewardship
• Develop and maintain sound financial practices.
• Work with staff in preparing annual operating budget; and ensure that the
organization operates within budget parameters at all times.
• Grow existing and identify new revenue centers for AIARE.
• Ensure that sufficient funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its
work.
Outreach, Marketing and Public Relations
• Publicize the activities of the organization, its program and goals.
• Establish effective working relationships and cooperative arrangements with allied
organizations, industry partners, community groups, the media, and other key
stakeholders.
• Represent AIARE programs and perspective to agencies, organizations, the media
and the public.
• Develop and implement marketing strategy and tactics to expand base of course
providers, instructors and students.
Team Building and Human Resource Management
• Responsible for the recruitment, employment, management and release of paid staff
and volunteers.
• Establish sound human resource policies and practices; ensure that job descriptions
are developed and regular performance evaluations are held.
• Cultivate a high-performing and effective team with appropriate provisions for
advancement and succession.
• Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff
in relating their specialized work to AIARE’s mission and goals.
• Inspire, model and promote collaboration and respect with and among Board
members, staff, course instructors, providers, and volunteers.
• Maintain a climate that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse staff of top quality
people.
Essential Job Functions
The Executive Director coordinates and manages all aspects of the day-to-day operation of
AIARE. Oversight and management of activities includes but is not limited to:
• Bookkeeping and management of all financial transactions
• Fundraising via grants, partnerships, sponsorships, memberships and events
• Curriculum development
• Training programs
• e-Learning programs
• Develop and manage special projects (e.g., Project Zero)
• Liaison with industry trade groups and other stakeholders (e.g., SnowSports Industries
America, Outdoor Retailer, National Ski Area Association and other allied organizations)
• Ensure inventory and shipping are on track (work with the fulfilment agent and office
manager)
• Instructor and provider relations/correspondence
• Database management
• Ongoing coordination with technical director and Advisory Board
• Social media, website and online strategy and content development and maintenance
• Write, edit, produce and distribute two annual newsletters for instructors and the public
Qualifications
Familiarity with the back country, avalanche education and/or snow sports industry and
landscape in the United States is essential. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have three to
five years’ experience leading a nonprofit or for-profit business entity or initiative and a proven
track record of developing and executing strategies resulting in organizational growth. Other
required experience includes strong written and verbal communications skills, proficiency with
MS Office. Demonstrated past success in both working with a Board of Directors and engaging
a broad spectrum of stakeholders in pursuit of strategic objectives is preferred. A graduate or
undergraduate degree in business is desired.
Notes
• The position will require credit worthiness. The successful applicant will personally need to
secure a credit card which would be used for a variety of AIARE business expenses. All
expenses are reimbursed by AIARE.
• This position will require a highly functional and reliable laptop computer. An external hard
drive will be provided along with necessary program installs.
• The successful applicant will be expected to work from home or an appropriate office where
they will need a high-speed, reliable, internet connection.
• Consent for a pre-employment background check will be expected.
Working Conditions
• The Executive Director will work from home office (or appropriate office) – AIARE has no
central office. The Executive Director will need to be unusually ‘tech savvy’, capable of
utilizing digital communication system and tools to stay connected with key personnel and
AIARE membership.
• The Executive Director works a 40-hour work week, but additionally will often work evenings,
weekends, and overtime hours to accommodate activities such as various AIARE and
industry meetings as well as representing AIARE at public events.
• The seasonal nature of the business will require flexibility – the ability to work weekends,
holidays and sometimes 7 days a week during the fall and winter. Spring and summer the work
load lessens.
Compensation
Salary will begin at $41,500 per year. After a 6-month probationary period the salary will rise to
$44,000 per year. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to substantially increase
the salary range as they grow the resources of the organization.
Benefits
3 weeks’ paid vacation.
Health insurance and retirement plans are currently not offered however as the organization
grows could become a possibility.
How to apply
Interested applicants can send a cover letter, resume, and three references with contact
information via email address below. Please reference ED Search in the subject line of
your email.
Applications will be accepted through April 20th. We will conduct interviews beginning in May
with an expected start work date in June of 2014.

Contact:

Close Date: 2014-04-20


March 25, 2014  --CLOSED--

Ski Arpa

Position: Snowcat Driver/Mechanic

Ski Arpa (www.skiarpa.com is seeking an experienced snowcat driver/mechanic/road builder for the 2014 season. The season lasts mid July to mid September.

Job Summary: Snowcat operator will be responsible for two Pisten Bully machines at a backcountry snowcat operation in the Andes of Chile. Operator will assist guides with all mechanical duties, fueling, driving, etc. Must be able to live in a remote hut based in a high alpine environment. Also must be able to work in a small team and do a wide variety of odd jobs to ensure entire operation runs smoothly.

Operator will build snow roads, oversee all maintenance, manage fuel, drive guests, and perform all mechanical repairs.

Requirements:
3+ years as snowcat operator
Road building techniques
Mechanical skills preferably with Pisten Bully
Guest Service Skills

Additional preference given to:
Previous Cat Skiing Operation
Intermediate to Advanced skiing ability
Guiding/Avalanche/First Aid Certifications a Bonus
Spanish

Room and board included. Pay will be based on experience. Job interviews will be conducted in both Spanish and English. References will be required. Work visa provided. References will be required.

Please send professional resume to Derek at address below. Thank you!

Contact:

Close Date: 2014-04-15


March 19, 2014

Friends of Sawtooth Avalanche Center

Position: Executive Director

Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center seeks a dynamic individual to lead our 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which provides financial support and educational outreach for the Sawtooth Avalanche Center. The Executive Director must be capable of a wide variety of functions, including strategic planning, fundraising, seasonal operations, event planning, budgeting, board management, outreach, communications, and database management. The successful candidate will bring an entrepreneurial spirit to the job, and will be self-motivated, flexible, and charismatic. Knowledge of Quickbooks and Salesforce is preferred. Hours for this part time position are highly flexible, with the bulk of our important work happening between September and April. Compensation will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience and value to the organization. A full job description is available at www.sawtoothavalanche.com. Please submit an electronic copy of cover letter and resume by April 15 to: Travis Vandenburgh, Search Chair at the email address below.

Contact:


March 19, 2014  --CLOSED--

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts

Position: Snow Safety Officer (Avalanche Forecaster)

Snow Safety Officer (Avalanche Forecaster) Turoa Ski Area

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Ltd operates both Whakapapa and Turoa Ski Areas in the Central North Island of New Zealand. This position assists with the co-ordination of the Snow Safety and Avalanche Control Pogramme, as well as providing first aid, rescue and avalanche control services to the ski areas. Prior industry certification and experience in this area is essential.

What’s involved:

• Ensure a high standard of safety is maintained for all customers and staff at Whakapapa Ski Area in accordance with the Safety Services manual and other Safety Services related documents.
• Demonstrate a high degree of safety awareness and relates to its importance.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the Safety Services department and its operation.
• Ensure the day to day stability evaluation and hazard forecasts are completed and recorded within the prescribed timeframes.
• Maintain neat and accurate Snow Safety documentation.
• Ensure the implementation of any avalanche control measures considered necessary.
• Communicate and make decisions in conjunction with management regarding any avalanche or hazard related situations that effects normal ski area operation.
• Develop, implement and maintain effective and comprehensive training for avalanche related activities to Safety Services staff, general ski area staff and outside agencies.
• Demonstrate a high level of skiing or snowboarding ability, including the ability to handle all terrain and conditions, including during the transportation of patients.
• Ensure all tasks undertaken are within the boundaries of what the employee is trained and experienced to perform
• Undertake other patrol duties such as, dispatching and fence maintenance as time allows.
• Post snowpack, avalanche and weather information for public as prescribed in the snow safety plan.
• Perform any duties as requested by the Safety Services Manager as required to enhance the performance of the company and assist in achieving company goals.
• Actively foster a service-focused culture within the company

Must haves:

• Minimum Qualifications:
Pre-Hospital Emergency Care (AUT or equivalent)
NZ Avalanche Safety Management Level 2 (AIARE Level 3 or Canadian Level 3 equivalent)
Current Explosives Test Certificate for:
Approved Handler: Class 1 Substance (Explosives for snowblasting)
• Demonstrated experience and ability for sound decision making in high pressure snow safety role.
• At least 3 seasons of field experience since Avalanche Level 2 in either the New Zealand or North American ski industry making daily weather, snow and avalanche based decisions for groups (usually 5-7 seasons of experience are required to fulfil this position's requirements)
• Intermediate computer skills, including Excel, Word and internet databases.
• English language and an ability to convey complicated topics to the unskilled public as well as skilled colleagues.
• Teaching experience and a proven ability to construct and complete training on snow safety topics to staff and public groups.
• Ability to manage a moderate financial budget as per Safety Service Manager's direction.
• Project management skills and experience.
• International professional currency maintained through conferences, international contacts and teaching snow safety topics.
• Demonstrate knowledge and expertise within the Snowsports Safety Services industry.
• Organised, punctual and reliable.
• High energy levels.
• Physically fit with appropriate stamina levels to work long hours in all weather conditions.
• Flexible approach to work schedules and customer needs.
• Experience in an alpine environment including the ability to manage oneself and others.
• The ability to make decisions about the safety of the entire ski area and the facilities 24/7 through the months of May to November.

Please apply directly at www.mtruapehu.com

Contact:

Close Date: 2014-05-01


March 17, 2014

Beaver Creek Resort

Position: Ski Patrol

***Please note this position does not start until the 2014/2015 Ski Season***

SPRING HIRING CLINIC DATES: March 30 and April 5

Must Register at Skijobs1.com before clinic dates.

Must provide own equipment and lunch. Helmets required.

Report to Ski Patrol PHQ (top of Chair 8 Cinch Express) by 9:00am on day of the clinic.
Details to follow.

Ski Patrol is responsible for performing guest service functions such as accident handling, administering first aid, trail maintenance, promoting and creating a safe environment for guests and employees, mountain sweeps, lift evacuation, avalanche control and explosives handling. The job responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

Supervising and promoting guest safety on varied terrain in high altitude, with varying winter weather conditions
Assisting injured guests on the mountain and administering first aid
Transporting injured guests off the mountain using a toboggan
Performing sweeps at the end of the day to ensure that all guests are safely off the mountain
Maintaining trails, such as removing trees that have fallen on runs utilizing a chainsaw or other equipment
Transporting and setting up mountain safety equipment
Transporting supplies and heavy equipment to areas of need on skis
Avalanche control including safely transporting and placing explosives on the mountain and stabilizing snowpack and cornice edges on skis
Driving snowmobiles to various areas of the mountain, as needed
Enforcement of the Colorado Ski Safety Act and Resort Policies
Chairlift guest evacuation

Must have the following:

Attend Patrol hiring clinic on March 30 OR April 5
Applicants may use alpine skis or telemark skis. No Snowboards.
Must be an expert level skier in all conditions
Must successfully complete the Fit to Ride fitness assessment program
Must be able to work in inclement weather in a high alpine environment
Must use manual dexterity to operate equipment
Must have sight, speech, and hearing abilities sufficient to learn skills, follow and provide directions
High School Diploma or equivalent
Must be at least 21 years of age
Must be available to work holidays and weekends
Must possess basic computer skills/knowledge
Must be fluent in all aspects of the English language (spoken and written)
Must have excellent guest service skills
Must work well in a team
Previous patrol or experience at a Vail Resort mountain resort - Preferred
Resume appreciated

At the Vail Resorts® family of companies (collectively "Vail Resorts"), we consider safety for employees and guests our number one priority. Ensuring that employees are capable of performing physically demanding jobs is an important factor in our ability to fulfill this commitment. This position is among the most physically demanding at our resorts. Therefore, the position requires successful completion of our Fit to Ride fitness assessment program as a condition of employment. For more detailed information and a video demonstration of the Fit to Ride Program, go to Vailfittoride.com. Vail Resorts will provide reasonable accommodations whenever necessary to enable otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to participate in and/or complete the Fit to Ride program, provided reasonable accommodations do not pose an undue hardship on the company.

Have Fun. Serve Others. Do Right. Drive Value. Do Good. Be Safe. These are the values Vail Resorts employees embrace daily. As the premier mountain resort company in the world and a leader in luxury, destination-based travel at iconic locations, we operate in three highly integrated and interdependent segments including mountain, lodging and real estate. Vail Resorts employees are good at what they do and we welcome people who bring enthusiasm, pride and a commitment to creating an Experience of a Lifetime to our stakeholders.

Vail Resorts is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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March 10, 2014

Canyon Ski Resort

Position: Ski Patrol

Canyons Ski Resort is looking for experienced ski patrollers to join our team of hard working professionals.
Ski patrol experience preferred, but not required.
Ski testing for possible applicants will be held March 29th, 2014.
Must be an expert level skier, capable of skiing any terrain in variable conditions.
Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) required.
Must have excellent guest service skills and work well in a team.

For more information and to schedule a ski time please email Roger Gellersen at the email below.

Contact:


March 5, 2014

Apex Mountain School

Position: AIARE Program Leader

Position: 2014-15 AIARE Avalanche Education Program Lead

Position Summary

Oversight of AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) program at Apex Mountain School during 2014/15 winter season under the direction of the Director of Apex. This position is temporary seasonal and will last 4 months. Oversight of program includes preparation for all courses, marketing/advertising, program development and ensuring placement of sub-contracted instructors for courses.

Job Duties/Responsibilities

- Manage AIARE avalanche education program
- Instruct AIARE Level 1 or 2 course each weekend during term
- Term begins 2 weeks prior to start of first course in mid December
- Spend Wed/Thurs each week in Apex office preparing courses, building program, marketing/advertising, securing sub-contract instructors.
- Report directly to Director of Apex
- Perform other duties as assigned by Director

Job Requirements and Qualifications

- Education
o Degree in business, marketing/advertising, recreation, outdoor education or other related area preferred.

- Experience
o Intimate familiarity with the Rocky Mountain Region preferred
o Prior experience with a small guide service preferred
o Real world mountain guiding experience desired
o Level III ski or snowboard rider desired
o Adept to wilderness survival skills, navigation and wilderness medicine

- Licenses and Certifications
o AIARE Level 3 certification required
o Proven AIARE Level 1 Lead Instructor
o Proven AIARE Level 2 Lead or Assist minimum
o AMGA Ski Guide helpful
o Wilderness First Responder desired, First Aid/CPR required

For more information on the position and how to apply, view the full description here - www.apexmountainschool.com or contact the Director, Scott Smith, at the email below or 970-949-9111.

Contact:

Close Date: 2014-10-01


February 28, 2014  --CLOSED--

Breckenridge Ski Resort

Position: Ski Patroller

Breckenridge Ski Resort is looking for experienced ski patrollers to join our team of hard working professionals. We are one of the busiest ski areas in the country with 3000 acres of skiable terrain, over 1000 of that requiring daily avalanche control work.

Ski patrol experience preferred, but not required.

A Hiring Clinic for prospective applicants will be held on April 8 & 9, 2014.

Ski Patrol is responsible for performing guest service functions such as accident handling, administering first aid, trail maintenance, promoting and creating a safe environment for guests and employees, mountain sweeps, lift evacuation and explosives handling for snow safety/avalanche control.

Must have excellent guest service skills
Must work well in a team
Must be able to work in inclement weather in a high alpine environment
Must have manual dexterity to operate equipment
Must successfully completed the Fit to Ride fitness assessment program
Must have sight, speech, and hearing abilities sufficient to learn skills, follow and provide directions
Must be available to work holidays and weekends
High school diploma or GED required; and possession of a current Colorado Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification OR National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) required.
Must be an expert level skier, capable of skiing all types of terrain under all weather conditions.
Must be able to lift 75 pounds or more

Preferred Skills:
Avalanche control experience at an active avalanche area
Previous patrol experience or experience at a Vail Resorts® mountain resort

To apply, please log onto www.jobs.vailresorts.com and enter requisition #58869 as the requisition ID.
Hiring Clinic dates are April 8 & 9, 2014

Contact:

Close Date: 2014-04-04


February 16, 2014  --CLOSED--

CEG Mining, Minera Pimenton

Position: Avalanche Forecaster/Avalanche Control Specialist

Job Description: Minera Pimenton is a gold mining operation in the central Andes, near Santiago, Chile, and the Portillo ski resort. The position advertised is for an avalanche forecaster and avalanche control expert. You would be working as part of a three person forecasting team. Duties would include issuing a daily avalanche advisory and weather forecast for the mining camp and the 80km access road; gathering snow observations in support of forecasting operations; supervising and participating in avalanche control work; and avalanche education and rescue training for employees.
The successful applicant will have strong skiing skills, and will be able to ski any terrain in a variety of conditions; will be able to work safely alone in a mountain environment, with avalanche danger and other hazards; will be able to work in a small team environment under high stress conditions; and will be able to communicate effectively in Spanish and English.

Minimum requirements:
AIARE Level Two or equivalent
Experience collecting operational avalanche observations
Experience with applying observations to operational stability analysis
Expert level backcountry skiing skills
Ski guiding or patrol experience
Intermediate Spanish language skills
Basic computer skills

Desired qualifications:
AIARE Level Three or equivalent
AIARE or AAA avalanche instructor
Avalanche forecasting experience
Explosive control route leader
Avalauncher experience
Bi-lingual in English and Spanish
Experience in a Spanish speaking workplace
Intermediate or advanced computer skills
Experience with maintenance and installation of remote weather stations

Please send your resume and a description of your professional experience to:

Colin Mitchell at the email address above.

Contact:

Close Date: 2014-03-16


February 11, 2014  --CLOSED--

Mount Rainier National Park

Position: Volunteer Climbing Ranger

Volunteer Climbing Ranger – Mount Rainier National Park

Come experience YOUR National Parks! Mount Rainier is seeking volunteers for the 2014 Climbing Ranger Program.

- Participate in search and rescue operations throughout the park. These include searches, rescues, and body recoveries for lost, injured, and deceased persons. Volunteers will participate and train in areas of technical rope rescue, land search, helicopter operations, and avalanche rescue.
- Climbing volunteers participate in patrols of various routes on the mountain within the volunteer’s skill level.
- Volunteers may staff the high camps (Muir and Schurman).
- Assist in resource protection efforts (including human waste management at high camp facilities)
- Staff rangers stations and issue climbing and wilderness use permits, disseminate information related to the park, including climbing, weather, safety, and climbing route information.

What we provide:

- Housing in the park;
- Food Stipend ($20/day)
- All the equipment
- Training in technical SAR, EMS, ICS, etc
- Strong leadership, a great team, and a fun place to live, work, and play!

Qualifications / Requirements:

- Mountaineering experience (glacial and ice-climbing)
- Technical SAR experience
- EMT or WFR (current)
- Avalanche Training (AIARE Level 2 preferred)
- Intermediate to advanced skier or splitboarder
- A commitment from April 14 – Sept 1st

Interested folks should send a resume and a list of significant climbing/outdoor accomplishments to Brian Hasebe at the email address listed above.

Contact:

Close Date: 2014-03-30


January 28, 2014  --CLOSED--

Copper Mountain Resort

Position: Ski Patrol for 2014-2015 Season

To be considered for this position please submit an online application @ www.coppercolorado.com search by requisition number CMR1962

Job Title: Ski Patrol for the 2014-2015 Winter Season
Job Status: FT, Seasonal & PT, Volunteer Staff

Job Summary:
Copper Mountain is looking to add quality people to our Ski Patrol Staff.

Positions are open for both our paid full-time and part-time volunteer staff.

Job Requirements:
• Expert Skier/Rider
• Hold current (or be enrolled in) Colorado or National EMT (or higher)
• Team player and able to work in a resort environment
• Patrol or mountaineering experience preferred
• Must be at least 21 years old
• Must have a valid US Driver's license

Copper Mountain Resort is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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!

Contact:

Close Date: 2014-03-16


January 19, 2014  --CLOSED--

Ski Arpa

Position: Tail Guide - Full Time Seasonal

Ski Arpa (www.skiarpa.com is seeking an experienced tail guide for the 2014 season. The season lasts mid July to mid September.

Job Summary: Tail guide for a backcountry snowcat operation in the Andes of Chile. Tail guides must have strong guest service skills and solid backcountry skiing skills. Must be able to live in a remote hut based in a high alpine environment. Will drive snowcats (training provided). Must be willing to do a variety of odd jobs to ensure operation runs smoothly (mechanical, janitorial, cat driving, snow analysis, retail sales, ski touring, fueling, etc). Must be able to work with a small team.

Basic Prerequisites:
Spanish and English Speaking
Snowcat Driving/Mechanical Skills a plus
Previous Guiding Experience
PSIA Level 1
WFR or equivalent with CPR
Avalanche Level 2 (AAI or AIARE)
Ability to perform snow analysis
Able to record observations at a professional level
Capable of working with large groups in multiple languages (with a lead guide)

Room and board included. Pay will be based on experience. Job interviews will be conducted in both Spanish and English. References will be required. Work visa provided. References will be required.

Please send touring resume and professional resume to Derek Lennon. Thank you!

Contact:

Close Date: 2014-03-15


January 4, 2014  --CLOSED--

Crested Butte Avalanche Center

Position: Avalanche Forecaster (part-time)

Crested Butte Avalanche Center
Job Announcement
Avalanche Forecaster (part-time)

The Crested Butte Avalanche Center (CBAC) is seeking a part-time avalanche forecaster. CBAC is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation located in Crested Butte, Colorado. CBAC generates an avalanche and weather forecast for the Crested Butte area seven days a week between late November and early April each year. Primary duties involve collecting snowpack and weather observations and producing a daily forecast for the purpose of enhancing the safety of backcountry travelers in the Crested Butte area. Preferred qualifications include a minimum of American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level 3 certification, American Avalanche Association (AAA) AVPRO, Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2 or equivalent experience/certification. Qualified applicants must have a minimum of three years professional snowpack evaluation experience, preferably in a continental snowpack. In addition, strong written and verbal communication skills are essential for collaboration with the local backcountry public along with other statewide and national avalanche and weather forecasters. Technical skills must include professional level proficiency in backcountry travel and data collection in addition to competency with word processing, spreadsheets, website and email applications. Interested candidates may request a complete job description and/or submit a letter of interest and resume directly to CBAC Executive Director, Jake Jones via email jakejones808@gmail.com. Pay is dependent on experience.

CBAC is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

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December 17, 2013

USDA- White Mountain National Forest

Position: 13/13 TERM Snow Ranger/Avalanche Specialist

www.usajobs.gov to apply.

This position works as part of a motivated and effective team that issues daily avalanche advisories, performs in Search and Rescue missions for the Forest Service as Lead Agency in command, and increases visitor knowledge through avalanche education programs of varying media.

Producing an accurate and timely avalanche and mountain hazards advisory for the visiting public is the focused priority each day. The position will determine present avalanche hazard and forecast future hazards based on field observations and snow stability analysis. Analysis will utilize field observations paired with an intimate knowledge of snow metamorphism, snow physics, and mechanics of slab fracture and failure. In addition, knowledge of mountain weather forecasting tools such as weather maps, satellite imagery, and real time weather data is necessary to produce forecasts of the highest standards. The candidate must have the ability to quickly synthesize data and disseminate this information in writing via e-mail and websites and verbally through telephone hotlines. Excellent writing skills that convey the hazards of the day are sought.

The Forest Service has unique authority as the lead agency in charge of SAR operations on Mount Washington from December 1st to June 1st of each year. The position may act as a first responder, searcher, team leader, technical team leader and possibly Incident Commander on smaller incidents. Numerous Forest Service volunteer SAR teams respond to assist with missions that are managed by the Snow Rangers. Strong leadership and personnel management skills are required to effectively oversee safe operations of all teams under hazardous and potential stressful circumstances. Incidents typically include ice climbing or mountaineer falls in Huntington Ravine, avalanche burials, searches for lost or overdue visitors, and skier injuries. The spring ski season may bring 2500 people or more to Tuckerman Ravine on a sunny Saturday in April or May. The position is required to provide pre-hospital medical care at the EMT-Basic level; consequently experience and current EMT certification is highly desired.

The dedication required for this position requires a unique enthusiasm for harsh winter weather and the ability to work well in a difficult environment while in the pursuit to help visitors on Mount Washington. The summit records many days through each winter with winds in excess of 100mph and temperatures below -25F. Due to these weather conditions the position requires excellent physical fitness to maintain a margin of safety during searches in severe conditions and collection of the field data required for accurate avalanche forecasts.

The ideal candidate should have the ability to teach avalanche safety, stability analysis and snow mechanics to a wide variety of audiences from school children to seasoned recreationalists. Venues include slide shows, field snow pits, and seminar settings. The position must stay abreast of avalanche education practices and changes in avalanche technology and snow science. The candidate must display good public speaking and teaching skills.

Due to the complexity of the terrain ski touring to access avalanche forecast areas is the exception rather than the rule. Because of this sound mountaineering and ice climbing skills are needed to access all potential areas to assess snow stability as well as injured climbers. Candidates may be required to lead climb water ice to render medical and technical assistance to individuals in the event of an accident. Good mountaineering skills are needed on a regular basis to carry out a variety of Snow Ranger tasks across the mountain. Snow Rangers also operate and maintain snowmobiles, ATV’s, and a diesel Pisten Bully Snowcat. Experience with this equipment is very beneficial.

This is a field-going position focused on field contacts during a five day work week. Being available to provide good information and advice about current hazards, avalanche conditions, route selections, mountain weather and being close to the interface between visitors and the mountain is critical. Current Snow Rangers make up a team of open, forward-thinking, and creative problem solvers that attempt to continually improve their knowledge through sharing and collaborating with one another. They are team focused to get the job done and put themselves behind the group in that effort. The Snow Rangers care about the visitors they are there to help and provide unique services with a mission to promote safety while caring for and promoting backcountry values of environmental protection and stewardship.

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November 21, 2013  --CLOSED--

USFS HUmboldt ToiyabeNF Bridgeport Ranger District

Position: Meteorlogical Technician GS1341-08 Avalanche Education/Forecaster

The Bridgeport Ranger District is looking to hire a seasonal Meteorological Technician (Avalanche Forecaster) for the 2013-2014 winter field season. This is a temporary position with a duty location of Bridgeport, Calif. Approximate dates for the position would be late December 2013 thru May 2013. Barracks housing is available.
This is a unique opportunity in that the selected person will be developing and implementing an avalanche education program specifically oriented to the snowmobiling community and establishing an avalanche education center for the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area and its associated Pacific Crest trail Crossing Corridor in the Sonora Pass vicinity of the Sierra Nevada Range. Incumbent provides training and guidance on avalanches and avalanche related work for employees and recreation visitors. The incumbent will outreach to area snowmobile user groups by providing avalanche safety awareness classes and build public support for an avalanche safety program that would include the ability to issue advisories in the future. The position must stay abreast of avalanche education practices and changes in avalanche technology and snow science. The candidate must display good public speaking and teaching skills.
Technical knowledge of winter mountain meteorology, local mountain weather forecasting, mountain weather processes, and how these affect snowpack conditions are necessary to assess risks of conditions which contribute to avalanche activity. Expert skills in mountain snowmobile riding, alpine and cross country skiing, and backcountry winter survival, and fundamental avalanche safety protocol are needed in order to conduct the duties of the position. The Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area and designated Pacific Crest Trail Crossing corridor are accessible only by snowmobile and weather conditions can change quickly. Due to these weather conditions the position requires excellent physical fitness to maintain a margin of safety during searches in severe conditions and collection of the field data for assessing avalanche conditions. Completion of professional avalanche training, such as AIARE or AAA thru Level 2 avalanche classes is considered a component of specialized experience. A working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and web-based software packages is useful in preparing reports summarizing data and preparing education presentations.
The incumbent will observe weather, collect snow pack data and utilize multiple sources of information in order to build knowledge of avalanche hazard potential in the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area and Pacific Crest Trail Crossing corridor. The employee may be required to assist in the installation of weather instrumentation when it becomes available. When a weather station is operable, employee will inspect, performs routine user level maintenance and services to various weather equipment and instruments. He/she is expected to use his/her judgment when interpreting raw avalanche data; guide and share information with the public, FS, Mono County Search & Rescue, U.S. Marine Mountain Warfare Center which conducts winter training operations within the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area. He/she would conduct avalanche accident investigations in the event of avalanche injury/fatality incidents.
ABOUT THE AREA:
Bridgeport, CA is located in the beautiful Eastern Sierra near the northeastern side of Yosemite National Park. Winter recreation includes back country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. In winter, the town of Bridgeport has limited services-a personal vehicle is a necessity. The nearest chain grocery stores and pharmacies are located 50 miles south in Mammoth Lakes, CA. and 60 miles north in Gardnerville, NV.
In 2009 Congress designated 7,254 acres of pristine forest land as the BRIDGEPORT WINTER RECREATION AREA (BWRA) near Sonora Pass; making it the nation’s first designated winter motorized (snowmobile) use area. Accessible only by snowmobile, the quality snow conditions and challenging terrain in the Sonora Pass area provide avid snowmobilers, backcountry skiers and snowboarders the rare opportunity to experience extreme winter sports unmatched anywhere in the Sierra Nevada.

APPLY ONLINE: www.usajobs.gov
Announcement # TEMP14-04170002-10877-LD

Contact:

Close Date: 2013-12-04


November 19, 2013

Copper Mountain Resort

Position: Ski Patrol Volunteer

To apply for this volunteer position, please visit www.coppercolorado.com

Job Title: Ski Patrol Volunteer
Job Status:Volunteer

Job Summary:
To provide for and ensure a reasonably safe skiing environment for our guests and fellow employees. To provide medical assistance and evacuation, skier safety, search and rescue support, trail work, lift evacuation, duty station responsibilities, equipment maintenance, and other assigned duties. Each task requires a high level of decision making. Basic computer skills, EMT-B, American Heart Association CPR and strong alpine skiing skills are minimum requirements.

Basic Requirements:
•Must be able to lift and carry toboggans weighing as much as 70 lbs. Other tasks include skiing in difficult conditions, volunteering in cold and often inclement conditions, high elevations, carrying and transporting unwieldy materials such as tower pads, medical equipment, etc. No current physical limitations.
•Ability to volunteer in high altitude adverse cold weather environmental conditions.
•Must be able to hear and speak clearly in order to hear beacon signals and skiers requesting assistance, and for communication to occur using radios and telephones.
•Must be at least 21 years of age.

Copper Mountain Resort is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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!

Contact:


November 10, 2013  --CLOSED--

Glacier Adventure Guides

Position: Guides and Assistant Guides for classic cross country skiing, back country skiing, snow shoe

Lead and Assistant Guide positions for both daily and over night guiding. Glacier National Park, Montana State Forest, and Kootenai National Forest.

Looking for motivated and passionate guides to provide a life time of experience and knowledge to our guests. Guides will provide a custom experience to private individuals and small groups. Must have the following certifications:

- Outdoor Emergency Care, EMT, or Basic First Aid
- Professional CPR
- Level I Avalanche minimum, Level II preferred
- Mountain Travel and Rescue Level I or Wilderness First Responder
- Clean driving record
AMGA, CMGA, IFMGA are welcome however not required

Housing may be available, Wage depends on experience.

Please send resume and a brief description of your personal outdoor interests, and your interest in working in North West Montana.

Glacier Adventure Guides is a locally owned company operating under permit of National Park Service, National Forest Service, and Still Water State Lands.

Contact Greg Fortin Owner Glacier Adventure Guides
greg@glacieradventureguides.com
www.glacieradventureguides.com
www.riverrockhostel.com

Contact:

Close Date: 2014-01-15


October 16, 2013

Copper Mountain Resort

Position: Ski Patrol for 2013-2014 Season

If interested, apply online at www.coppercolorado.com

Job Title: Ski Patrol for the 2013-2014 Winter Season
Job Status: FT, Seasonal
Job Summary:
Copper Mountain is looking to add quality people to our Ski Patrol Staff.

Required Qualifications:
- Expert Skier/Rider
- Hold current (or be enrolled in) Colorado or National EMT (or higher)
- Team player and able to work in a resort environment
- Patrol or mountaineering experience preferred
- Must be at least 21 years old
- Must have a valid US Driver's license

We offer an excellent training program, good compensation, and benefits in a supportive team environment.

Copper Mountain Resort is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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!

Contact:


October 3, 2013  --CLOSED--

Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center

Position: Intern

Avalanche Center/ Winter Recreation- Intern
This internship opportunity is open to students and aspiring professionals seeking experience from a Forest Service Avalanche Center.

Intern must: Have at least a level 1 avalanche education, be able to ski/ ride/ travel in steep mountainous terrain and enjoy working in rugged winter conditions. Be able to enthusiastically shovel large amounts of snow! Have an interest in snow science, avalanche forecasting, and associated fields. Experience operating snowmobiles is a plus!

The intern will get: Housing in Girdwood, plus a stipend. Experience working with an established USFS avalanche center. Opportunity to learn daily operations of avalanche forecasting. Additionally, the intern will be involved in providing public out-reach and education as well as learning winter recreation management operations. Most importantly the intern will learn how to deal with copious amounts of Chugach mountain powder in his/her face! A college student may be able to receive credit for this internship.

Work location: Girdwood, AK. Glacier Ranger District, Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center, www.cnfaic.org
Intern must commit to at least 2 months between December 1 and April 1.
Announcement closes on October 31st.

Email resume to Director Kevin Wright
kevin@chugachavalanche.org

Contact:

Close Date: 2013-10-31


September 17, 2013  --CLOSED--

Snowbasin

Position: Ski Patrol

Now hiring for the 2013-2014 ski season. Snowbasin Ski Patrol is a full-time, professional organization responsible for providing safety services for the resort.

Requirements include:
 Must be at least 21
 OEC or EMT certification
 Expert skiing ability; able to ski any terrain in varying conditions
 Familiarity with the alpine environment and associated weather
 Physically capable of working long hours in all weather conditions
 Ability to work within a dynamic team environment
 Basic snowmobile skills

Desired qualifications:
 Advanced medical training
 Avalanche 1 certification or higher
 Advanced mountaineering skills
 Prior Ski Patrol and avalanche reduction experience

Contact:

Close Date: 2013-10-15


September 14, 2013  --CLOSED--

Canadian Avalanche Centre

Position: Public Avalanche Forecaster

Two seasonal, part-time public avalanche forecaster positions available in the CAC main office in Revelstoke, British Columbia. Approximately Nov 15, 2013 to early May 2014. If we are unable to find qualified Canadian applicants we will consider applications from the USA.

You can review the job posting in the CAC News section on our main page: www.avalanche.ca directly at: www.avalanche.ca or send an email to Karl Klassen, Manager, CAC Public Avalanche Warning Service.

Contact:

Close Date: 2013-10-11


September 12, 2013  --CLOSED--

USFS - Sawtooth Avalanche Center

Position: Avalanche Specialist

The Sawtooth Avalanche Center will soon be hiring a new Avalanche Specialist (GS-1341-08, Meteorological Technician - Avalanche Specialist). This is a seasonal position (November – April) with a duty station in Ketchum, Idaho. The vacancy will be posted at http:// www.usajobs.gov by approximately September 16, 2013.

If you are interested please contact:
Simon Trautman
Director, Sawtooth Avalanche Center
simontrautman@yahoo.com
406-570-3615

Position Description

The Sawtooth Avalanche Center issues daily avalanche and mountain weather information during the winter months to assist people in making informed and safe travel decisions. In addition, staff teach a number of educational programs to motorized and non-motorized backcountry recreationalists, local emergency service personnel, Forest Service personnel, and local professional groups.

Duties Include:
• Collecting field data on snow, weather and avalanche conditions.
• Producing daily avalanche and weather advisories.
• Interfacing with various government and non-government groups on avalanche conditions.
• Teaching recreational and professional level courses on avalanche safety and science.
• Conducting avalanche accident investigations.
• Maintaining equipment, conducting outreach, and participating in the innovation and improvement of center operations.

Preferred Candidates will have:
• A Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology, geography, geology, hydrology, engineering or a closely related field.
• Operational avalanche forecasting experience.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• A working knowledge of Microsoft Office software, Campbell Scientific remote data collection systems, and internet technology systems.
• Excellent fitness and winter backcountry travel skills. The incumbent must be able to travel safely through and around avalanche terrain on skis and/or snowmobile.

Contact:

Close Date: 2013-10-20


September 12, 2013  --CLOSED--

Front Range SnowCat BackCountry Guided Skiing Operation

Position: Lead Guide/Guide 2013 Season

Front Range Snow Cat Backcountry Skiing Operation based in Winter Park looking for Lead Guide/Guide for the 2013 Ski Season. Guides will escort 12 passengers in Snow Cat to enjoy fresh powder skiing in an exclusive backcountry environment. Successful applicants will be able to ski any of the terrain within the 2600 acre permit boundary, along with the ability to work in a harsh high alpine winter environment.
All guides will need current certifications for:
Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC)/Wilderness First Responder (WFR)/OR Emergency Medical Technician (EMT),
CPR Certification is REQUIRED for all guides,
National Avalanche School (NAS) Fall classroom and field sessions attendance required of the Lead Guide and encouraged for all Tail Guides

Successful Candidates will be personable and professional back country enthusiasts ready to help others enjoy a guided powder skiing experience in a fun and safe environment.

Contact Jason Harper at the email address listed below with questions and to apply.

Contact:


September 4, 2013  --CLOSED--

Northwest Avalanche Center

Position: Professional Observers

NWAC Job Announcement – Professional Observer

Job Description
The Friends of the Northwest Avalanche Center (FOAC) is looking to hire four Professional Observers to provide backcountry observations throughout the NWAC service area to the NWAC forecast team.
The Professional Observer’s Network will provide timely and relevant professional-level observations to the NWAC team, thus reducing the data gaps in NWAC forecast areas. All observations will be focused outside of ski area boundaries in unmitigated terrain.

Background
Currently, the NWAC forecast team receives routine snowpack condition reports from most local ski areas, but backcountry observations are limited to occasional volunteer and recreational observations submitted through the FOAC website and websites such as TAY for recent conditions reports. The objective of the Professional Observer’s Network is to reduce the NWAC forecasters’ workload while at the same time creating more accurate backcountry avalanche forecasts.

Responsibilities
The primary responsibility of the Professional Observer is to communicate with the NWAC forecast team to analyze snow, provide weather, and avalanche observations, and determine current and future trends in avalanche danger. In addition, providing assessment of current avalanche danger compared to posted forecast levels will be a key function of the role.
Each Observer is responsible for a minimum of three backcountry observations per week. Observation requirements will vary based on the needs of the NWAC forecast team. The NWAC Program Director and the NWAC forecast team will communicate observational needs to the Observer’s Network. Observations may be submitted to the NWAC through email, phone, and/or a mobile phone application. At a minimum, observations must be relevant to pertinent avalanche concerns and submitted on a timely basis. Some examples of the observations that may be recorded are: snow height, taken at many locations throughout a tour; full snow profiles; and various test profiles on multiple aspects and elevations throughout a valley. Observers will be asked to provide photos and/or videos of observations that will be incorporated into the next day’s forecast to help illustrate conditions and concerns to the general public. Observers will also be asked to submit a blog post per week to the new NWAC blog.

Required Qualifications
All Observers in the Network will, at a minimum, work (or have worked) in the snow industry. This includes ski patrol, highway workers, mountain guides, forecasters, etc. The minimum qualifications are as follows:

•Completion of AIARE or AAA Level 1 and Level 2 avalanche classes
•Exceptional organizational skills
•The ability to take initiative and work with little daily supervision
•Strong written and verbal skills
•Thorough knowledge of avalanche hazards and a minimum of five years of experience recreating in backcountry avalanche terrain
•Excellent fitness and winter backcountry travel skills
•Previous professional snow and weather data recording experience
•Ability to write accessible and technically accurate descriptions of snow and avalanche conditions

Recommended Qualifications
•Professional avalanche training, such as National Avalanche School, Level III, AVPRO, CAA Level II, or equivalent training courses
•AAA Certified Instructor or AIARE Qualified Instructor
•AMGA Ski Guide or Ski Mountaineering Certification
•Professional member of the AAA
•Previous avalanche forecasting experience

Compensation
Each Professional Observer will receive a stipend consisting of $1,000 per month. Compensation is provided by the FOAC.

Timeline and contract
The Professional Observer’s Network will operate from December 1st to the end of the normal NWAC forecast season, sometime in mid to late April – a season consisting of approximately 20 weeks. The Professional Observers will work on a seasonal contract basis with the FOAC. This is a contract position, however, the FOAC will be providing Washington State Labor and Industries Insurance (L&I) for the hours spent in the field taking observations. Beyond the L&I and monthly stipend, no other benefits are provided for this position. Each Professional Observer will report directly to the Program Director of the NWAC and will work closely with the NWAC forecast team.

Application submission requirements
Please provide a cover letter detailing your reasons for applying for this position along with a resume of qualifications, including your knowledge of/experience with gathering snowpack and weather observations. Please include a certificate of the highest avalanche class completed. Email attachments will not be accepted unless they are in a format readable by MS Word or Adobe Reader. Attachments in formats such as .wps or .jpeg will not be accepted. Please email all submissions to Scott Schell at the email address below.

Submission deadline is September 22nd, 2013.

Contact
Scott Schell
NWAC Program Director
206.909.0203
See email address below

Additional Information

This position will require backcountry winter travel in all types of terrain. The employee will supply appropriate clothing and equipment suitable to backcountry travel.

Contact:

Close Date: 2013-09-22


August 19, 2013  --CLOSED--

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Position: Backcountry Avalanche Forecaster - Aspen and Grand Mesa zones

Organization: Colorado Avalanche Information Center
Position: Avalanche Forecaster, Aspen/Grand Mesa Office
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 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 ten offices throughout the state and 15 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 Aspen and Grand Mesa zones will work both independently and with other CAIC staff to provide backcountry avalanche information and safety training for public recreation. This position will work out of the Aspen office, but work from an additional location can be negotiated.

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

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 718
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 September 13, 2013. We will conduct interviews September 23 through 25th.

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:


August 12, 2013

Moab Ranger District, Manti - La Sal National Forest

Position: Meterological Technician (Avalanche Specialist)

The Moab/Monticello Ranger District/La Sal Avalanche Center is looking to hire a seasonal Meteorological Technician (Avalanche Forecaster) for the 2013-2014 winter field season. This is a temporary position with a duty location of Moab, Utah.

The position is to serve as a mountain weather and avalanche forecaster assigned to the La Sal Avalanche Center. The incumbent utilizes multiple sources of information in order to develop mountain weather and avalanche forecasts for the general public. He/she is also expected to guide and share information with other Forest Service employees’, professional groups, and others upon request. The incumbent will also provide educational sessions to schools and professional groups, as well as maintain a network of remote weather stations.

Incumbent uses data obtained through multiple sources to update avalanche conditions and issues written and verbal avalanche forecasts for the local Avalanche Forecast Center and other system network services.

Employee also inspects, performs routine user level maintenance and services to various weather equipment and instruments. Observes weather and atmospheric conditions, records and interprets meteorological data, transmits and reports on recorded information, and provides meteorological information and advice to the general public through the Avalanche Center. Ensures that regular field snow pack observations are conducted and appropriate data is collected to inform avalanche forecast. Incumbent must use his/her judgment when interpreting raw avalanche data. Employee is responsible for issuing avalanche warnings when criteria are met, and the termination of such avalanche warnings when expired..

Maintains computer systems which contain historical mountain weather information. The system is also used to communicate with others regarding weather data and to improve forecasting methods. Incumbent provides training and guidance on avalanches and avalanche related work; including but not limited to schools, public, local search and rescue and others.

Ability to analyze and interpret meteorological data from field instruments, the National Weather Service, and/ or other online weather forecasting data sources. Technical knowledge of winter mountain meteorology, local mountain weather forecasting, mountain weather processes, and how these affect snowpack conditions are necessary to assess risks of conditions which contribute to avalanche activity. Expert skills in alpine and cross country skiing, mountain snowmobile riding, backcountry winter survival, and fundamental avalanche safety protocol are needed in order to conduct the duties of the position.

The position is classified as a GS-8 Meteorological Technician. Tentative start date for the position will be in mid-November 2013 and could last up to six months.

Interested individuals should contact: Brian Murdock at (435) 259-7155, email bmurdock@fs.fed.us for information on how to apply.

The Manti-La Sal National Forest is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact:


July 29, 2013  --CLOSED--

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Position: Backcountry Avalanche Forecaster -Breckenridge

Organization: Colorado Avalanche Information Center
Position: Avalanche Forecaster, Breckenridge Office
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 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 ten offices throughout the state and 15 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 Vail and Summit County and Sawatch zones will work both independently and with other CAIC staff to provide backcountry avalanche information and safety training for public recreation. This position will work out of the Breckenridge office, but work from an additional location can be negotiated.

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

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 718
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 September 1, 2013. We will conduct interviews September 5 through 15th.

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: 2013-09-01


July 29, 2013  --CLOSED--

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Position: Backcountry Avalanche Forecaster - San Juan Mountains

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 ten offices throughout the state and 15 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 Telluride area, 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

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 718
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 September 1, 2013. We will conduct interviews September 5 through 15th.

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: 2013-09-01


July 24, 2013

Heavenly Mountain Resort

Position: Ski Patrol / Mountain Safety

Heavenly is seeking qualified Ski Patrol and Mountain Safety professionals to work this winter season in South Lake Tahoe, Ca.

Position requirements vary; at minimum, must be an advanced skier and have strong guest service skills.

Interested candidates, please visit: www.jobs.vailresorts.com
Search Keyword: Heavenly Ski Patrol

Contact:


July 17, 2013  --CLOSED--

Irwin Snow cat Skiing

Position: Guide Apprentice / Intern

Irwin, a snow cat skiing operation based out of Crested Butte CO, is seeking a ski guide Intern for the 2013 - 2014 winter season. Applicants will need to be available from November 15th 2013 to mid-April 2014. Interns will assist in all aspects of snow cat ski operations. Responsibilities will include ski guiding, avalanche mitigation work, documenting weather, snowpack, and avalanche observations to a professional standard. Random non-ski related tasks for overall operations should be expected. Applicants should be expert skiers with extensive backcountry skiing experience, preferably in a continental snow pack. Level-2 avalanche course completion, Wilderness First Responder, and two years of professional decision-making experience in avalanche terrain are all required. Mechanized or Backcountry ski guiding, ski patrol, explosives experience, snowmobile driving and / or completion of an AMGA ski guides course is preferred. Lodging is provided in the town of Crested Butte if needed. Expect longs days, big rewards and an incredible guiding opportunity with a handful of menial tasks. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and references to: billy@irwincolorado.com
For more information or questions please contact:
Billy Rankin, Snow Safety Director: billy@irwincolorado.com or 970.275.2745.

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Close Date: 2013-09-01


July 15, 2013  --CLOSED--

Idaho Transportation Department

Position: Avalanche Forecast Crew

Idaho Transportation Department: Avalanche Forecasting Crew

This is a Full-Time, Temporary position with benefits, working in Lowman (statewide travel may be required depending on weather conditions).

Training in Avalanche forecasting is required.

Responsibilities for Avalanche Forecasting Crew:

Conduct snow and weather observations, avalanche forecasting, storing, transporting, and handling explosives. Duties require working in adverse winter weather conditions;
Conduct active control measures that include explosive delivery by helicopter, avalaunchers, and hand chargers;
Travel to remote areas by skis. Expert skier in all conditions.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Additional qualifications for Avalanche Forecasting Crew:

3 years experience where avalanche-forecasting work was a primary responsibility.
Three years of work experience using explosives;
Experience collecting and using remote weather data;
Experience with federal ATF regulations for storing explosives.
Experience with highway avalanche mitigation.
Must be physically able to travel to remote areas by way of skis or backcountry skiing during heavy snow conditions.
The position requires American Avalanche Association Level 2 or Canadian equivalent.
Minimum Qualifications:

Valid driver's license.
Good knowledge of transportation management systems used in construction or maintenance.
Experience: using highway engineering plans, specifications, maps, charts and/or GIS data; providing direction and training on highway maintenance or construction inspection to others; identifying and organizing appropriate materials and equipment for maintenance or construction projects.
Specialty Area:

Candidate must have the current and required certification of American Avalanche Association standards compliant Level II certifications or equivalent, and at least three (3) years of experience where avalanche forecasting control duties were a primary responsibility at time of appointment in order to qualify for this position as well as the minimum requirements.

How to Apply:
Print the ITD Temporary Application from
itd.idaho.gov

Send ITD Temporary Application and Resume reflecting Avalanche experience to:
Bill.Nicholson@itd.idaho.gov

NOTICE:

Some positions may require a background investigation before a final job offer is made.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the
Idaho Transportation Department!

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Close Date: 2013-08-16


July 8, 2013  --CLOSED--

Solitude Mountain Resort, UT

Position: Ski Patrol

Solitude Mountain Resort is hiring full time, professional ski patrollers for the 2013-2014 ski season. Expert skiing abilities and EMT or OEC certification required. Previous ski patrol and avalanche mitigation work recommended.

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Close Date: 2013-10-01


May 22, 2013  --CLOSED--

Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center

Position: Lead Mountain Weather and Avalanche Forecaster

ABOUT THE POSITION:

This is a permanent seasonal position where the incumbent is one of three avalanche specialists working for the Sawtooth Avalanche Center. The incumbent is required to produce weather and avalanche forecasts for assigned areas, and disseminate them through a variety of outlets. Operations include field and computer based data collection, and the interpretation of that data in support of current and projected weather and snowpack conditions. The incumbent is also expected to maintain numerous partnerships with multiple agencies and the local community, to provide both recreational and professional avalanche education programs, to maintain a network of remote weather stations, and to work with and educate local and state media on current and projected snow and avalanche information.

This position requires a high level of project, computer, and field oriented technical skills. Qualified applicants will have extensive professional experience in applied snow and avalanche science, project management, and be capable of traveling safely on skis and/or snow machine in steep backcountry avalanche terrain. The incumbent will be self-motivated and able to work within a group and/or alone. The work season begins in early November and ends in Early May.

LOCATION:

The Ketchum Ranger District office is located in Ketchum, Idaho on the north end of the Wood River Valley. The valley includes the communities of Sun Valley, Ketchum, Hailey, and Bellevue.

The area is known for its outstanding mountains, scenery and climate; summertime temperatures rarely exceed 90 degrees and winter lows may dip below zero. As such, outdoor recreational activities are unlimited. In addition to outdoor pursuits, the resort setting brings in a host of cultural events not normally found in small towns, including top musical artists, sporting events and art festivals.

Schools are considered exceptional in the Wood River Valley for preschool and grades K-12, and the College of Southern Idaho offers courses at the Hailey Campus. The area is served with a regional hospital with a full spectrum of local medical specialists. Shopping for all necessary goods can be done in the valley, with the expanded services of most major shopping centers available in Twin Falls (1.5 hrs south), or Boise (3 hrs west).

For more information about the job, or the area please contact:

Simon Trautman
Director, Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center
e-mail: simontrautman@yahoo.com
telephone: 406-570-3615

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May 18, 2013  --CLOSED--

American Avalanche Association

Position: AVPRO Course Coordinator

The American Avalanche Association is seeking to fill the position of AVPRO Course Coordinator. The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of scheduling and planning 1-2 AVPRO courses each winter including, but not limited to:

• Securing course locations and facilities for classroom and field sessions, including any necessary permits and permissions.
• Writing and distributing course announcements and handling registration.
• Distribution of pre-course materials and information.
• Coordinating instructors, distributing course materials, and obtaining lodging for instructors.
• Reporting to and working with A3 Education Committee to keep course content up to date.
• Developing course materials in conjunction with course instructors and A3 education committee.
• Maintain course education materials, student evaluations, and course certificates.
• Maintain and update emergency response plan.
• Lead and assist course instructors.
• Chair of the AVPro scholarship course committee.

In addition to being a professional member of the AAA and a Certified Avalanche Instructor, the successful candidate will possess the following:

• Level III / AVPRO or instruction of course within last 8 years.
• 10 years instructing.
• If not an AAA Certified Avalanche Instructor the candidate is expected to meet the requirements and become a Certified Instructor.

The pay and term of employment are $25/hour up to $500 as coordinator.

How to apply: Resumes with cover letter and references will be accepted through July 15, 2013, and should emailed to AAA Vice-President John Stimberis.

Questions and additional inquiries may also be directed to John Stimberis, AAA Vice-President, at the email address below.

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Close Date: 2013-07-15



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