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.
Close Date: 2013-07-15
May 15, 2013
American Avalanche Association
Position: Executive Director
The American Avalanche Association is seeking candidates for Executive Director.
The Executive Director runs the daily operations of the AAA and provides support to all AAA committees and The Avalanche Review. Additionally, the Director represents the AAA at avalanche industry events such as the ISSW, NAS, and regional meetings and seminars.
The successful candidate will have the following skills:
Ability to positively and credibly represent the AAA with a wide variety of audiences
Excellent written and oral communication and time management skills
Excellent organizational skills and proven attention to details
Administrative skills to operate a non-profit organization or small business
Duties include but are not limited to:
Provide leadership in developing program, organizational, and financial strategies and plans with the Board of Directors.
Carry out plans and policies authorized by the board
Ensuring that adequate funds are available to permit the AAA to carry out its work
Responding to general inquiries
Maintaining the membership database
Maintaining finances, submitting and receiving invoices, and working with accountant for tax purposes
Receiving, packing and shipping orders
Renewing permits, insurance, and licenses as necessary
Collaborating with and assisting AAA board members and other industry professionals and organizations on various projects
The Executive Director position is an approximately half-time job with the workload being heaviest September through April. Travel to fall and spring AAA Governing Board meetings and some industry events is required.
Resumes with a cover letter and references will be accepted through June 15th, 2013.
Submit applications to John Stimberis AAA Vice-President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions or additional inquiries should also be made to the John Stimberis AAA Vice-President.
Close Date: 2013-06-15
May 14, 2013
Position: Helibombing pro
Avalanche Forecast and Control Specialist We are looking to hire a forecaster May through July and August in the central Chilean Andes. The forecaster will make daily snow, weather and avalanche observations, and help make critical helibombing and operational decisions. The forecaster will issue storm watches and perform avalanche mitigation when necessary. Additional duties may include; speak fluent Spanish, have advanced/expert level backcountry skiing skills, and experience with avalaunchers and/or hand charges Fron helicopters minimum American Level 3 or Canadian Level 2. Pay based on experience. Please send resume to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Close Date: 2013-05-31
May 14, 2013
Craigieburn Valley Ski Area
Position: Ski Patrol / Field Staff
General Craigieburn Information-
Interested in working for Craigieburn? We are a small ski area that also runs several lodges for guests. We pay competitively and provide accommodation, meals and ski pass for a six day work week. The season is from approximately early July till late September / early October subject to snow and demand. Candidates need to be able to work in a team and have a professional, positive and enthusiastic attitude. As the team is small you need to be flexible to cover for other staff on their day off & help out when things get really busy. You should be a competent skier or boarder as Craigieburn is a challenging off-piste ski area.
Accommodation is on the mountain is in the main base area set amongst picturesque New Zealand native forest, in basic staff quarters with small private rooms and a staff living building nearby. There is internet access and laundry facilities. Staff are strongly encouraged to get off the hill on their day off to keep refreshed.
While working at Craigieburn is a fantastic experience and great fun it is also hard work, sometimes requiring long hours. You will get to ski, board and party if you want, but this is secondary to doing your job properly and effectively. We only employ people who can make a commitment for the entire season.
Brief Job Description-
Field Staff: All on mountain operations including ski patrol, lift operations (rope tows), snow safety (leading control routes), customer service. Minimum qualifications: NZ or Canadian avalanche level 1 or American Level 2 (AAI, AIRIE),first aid certificate (OEC or equivalent), explosives certificate.
This field staff position has the main responsibilities listed above but is also a great opportunity to learn and improve avalanche forecasting skills and how to coordinate snow safety operations for a ski area. The snow safety officer will depend on and expect this position to provide daily snowpack information and to be an efficient route leader as well as complete other mountain tasks such as maintaining rope tows.
Apply online at www.craigieburn.co.nz
For more information contact the email above or firstname.lastname@example.org
Close Date: 2013-05-25
May 6, 2013
American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE)
Position: AIARE 1 Instructor Trainer (Assistant)
Train avalanche course instructors to deliver an AIARE 1 course.
Familiarize course instructors with AIARE provided and updated course schedules, instructional materials, and best practices in avalanche course risk management.
Facilitate and lead group activities and provide participant feedback during annual AIARE 1 Instructor Training and Instructor Refresher CPD programs.
- On-Course Risk Management: Working in a team with other Instructor Trainers, following the AIARE risk management plan, Trainers manage risk on all aspects of ITCs, including planning for, implementing and debriefing backcountry travel decisions. Significant professional experience managing risk in avalanche terrain is required.
- Lesson Planning: Prior to facilitating an ITC or IRC, the team of Instructor Trainers works with the Program Director to build a venue specific agenda. Given the agenda, and with support from the Program Director and other Trainers, individuals prepare presentations and activities for the ITC / IRC programs. Trainers must be self-motivated, creative and willing to work in teams.
- Group Facilitation: Trainers lead groups of avalanche instructors in classroom and field-based activities and discussions. Strong public speaking, interpersonal and group facilitation skills are required.
- Curriculum Delivery And Development: Trainers work with the Program and Technical Directors to deliver ITC materials, methods and activities. In addition, they gather feedback on courses and through their personal experience and work with the Program Director and curriculum committee on specific curriculum topics.
Program Director, Executive Director, Operations Director, Technical Director and Instructor Trainer team members.
Time frame and commitments:
Resumes will be accepted until June 15 2013. Trainers will participate in 1 or more days of staff training in fall 2013, as well as self-directed time preparing for the courses. Trainers are hired for individual programs that range from 1-10 days, with most programs requiring 4 days, plus travel on either end. Most Trainers work 1-3 programs a winter.
10 years professional avalanche work (not including avalanche course instruction).
10 years of avalanche course instruction, including course leader experience on an AIARE 1 avalanche courseor a comparable curriculum.
Experience instructing AIARE avalanche courses.
Experience managing avalanche risk in a variety of snow climates.
Valid wilderness first aid certificate.
Compensation: Depends on experience.
Contact: Please submit resumes electronically to AIARE Program Director Ben Pritchett at BenP@AVtraining.org.