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July 30, 2015

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Position: Weather and Avalanche Forecaster, Boulder

Class: Part-time, permanent

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

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

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment

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

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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

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

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

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

Contact:

Close Date: 2015-08-14


July 16, 2015

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Position: Weather and Avalanche Forecaster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact:

Close Date: 2015-08-10


July 16, 2015

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Position: Avalanche Forecaster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact:

Close Date: 2015-08-10


July 16, 2015

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Position: Avalanche Forecaster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact:

Close Date: 2015-08-10


July 15, 2015  --CLOSED--

Sawtooth Avalanche Center - USFS: Ketchum, ID

Position: Meteorological Technician - Lead Avalanche Forecaster

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

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

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

Contact Scott Savage with questions or for additional information.

Contact:

Close Date: 2015-07-27


July 14, 2015

Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center

Position: Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest in our position!

Contact:


June 11, 2015

Steamboat Powdercats

Position: Maintenance Assistant, Road Building, Apprentice Guide

Steamboat Powdercats is looking to hire an assistant maintenance, road building, apprentice guide. This position is a full-time seasonal employee who would be on contract from November 15th through April 1st, plus this future employee needs to be able to help us during the month of September when we do our snowcat maintenance.

Maintenance/grooming $15/hour depending on experience, guiding at $125/day plus gratuities.

Assisting the Head of Maintenance with daily operations, upkeep and repairs on snowcats, snowmobiles, and facilities. Assisting in snow road building and maintenance. Entry level ski guiding depending on applicant qualifications. Record-keeping for maintenance completed on machines. The goal of this position is to train the assistant to take over the salaried Head of Maintenance position after a 1-3 years, depending on candidate skills. Head Maintenance position starts at $25,000/6 months.

Applicants should be physically fit and able to work in cold, winter conditions
Personable, customer service skills/experience
Mechanical skills important (not necessarily diesel specific but this really helps)
Basic snowmobiling skills a plus
Snowcat or heavy equipment experience a plus
Strong ski ability
Basic backcountry and snow safety experience. Training available in-house
Basic computing skills for maintenance recording

Please contact Eric Deering our Director of Operations if you are interested. Cover letter, resume and references required for all applicants.

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Close Date: 2015-10-15


June 9, 2015

Copper Mountain Resort

Position: Woodward Copper Ski Patrol

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

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

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

Can you see yourself here - Apply now!

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