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July 23, 2014

Sugar Bowl

Position: Professional Ski Patroller

We are now hiring for the winter Season. Employment is from November through April.

Position: Pro Ski Patrol

Job Description: Performs all aspects of mountain safety and rescue. Customer Service is our top expectation. We do this through a team oriented effort. Applicants should have the ability to work outside, in extreme winter weather conditions. This position involves high public exposure, heavy lifting and emergency care work.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

Advanced to expert skiing skills required.
EMT or OEC and CPR cards required.
Blasters License and avalanche control experience a plus.
Must be at least 21 years of age.
Customer relation skills and a commitment to the job are essential.
Dependable team oriented individuals who love working outside and can assume the responsibility for the safety of others.
Prudent with work commitments.
Has basic rope rescue and mountaineering knowledge inclulding avalanche safety.


Close Date: 2014-12-31

July 18, 2014

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Position: Ski Patrol

Kirkwood's Ski Patrol's primary responsibility is to provide and promote a safe environment for our guests and employees as well as to provide exceptional guest service. Ski Patrol is responsible for executing essential guest service functions such as responding to medical emergencies on the mountain, transporting injured guests off the mountain to appropriate facility, and general hill safety. Ski patrol is also responsible for enforcing safe skiing and riding practices, enforcement of the Skier's and Rider's Responsibility Code, interacting with unsafe guests, and educating our guests. Special circumstances include chairlift and gondola evacuation, avalanche control, and explosives handling. Other duties can be assigned as needed. Ski patrol is a highly visible role on the mountain, and a great deal of guest interaction is required.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Supervising and promoting guest safety on varied terrain in high altitude, with varying winter weather conditions
Provide guests with exceptional guest service
Assisting injured guests on the mountain and administering first aid
Transporting injured guests off the mountain using a toboggan or supporting air lift operations
Performing sweeps at the end of the day to ensure that all guests are safely off the mountain
Maintaining trails, identifying and mitigating hazards to our guests
Transporting and setting up mountain safety equipment
Transporting supplies and heavy equipment to areas of need on skis
Completing all the above with the utmost attention to personal and guest safety
Continuing on the job training

High School Diploma or Equivalent
Must be able to pass on-mountain ski test
Demonstrate, at minimum, a strong advanced skiing ability
California EMT or OEC certified with CPR for the professional rescuer- Must be certified by November 2014- required
Must be fluent in all aspects of the English language (spoken and written)
Some basic knowledge of computer - preferred
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 complete 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 full time including holidays and weekends
Previous patrol experience - Highly Preferred
Must have the ability to pass a Criminal Background Check

To Apply, please visit: www.jobs.vailresorts.com
Search for Requisition ID#: 69927


July 14, 2014

Wyoming Department of Transportation

Position: Highway Avalanche Technician

To reduce the danger of avalanches on the motoring public, this position is responsible for using meteorological and snow pack data to forecast the weather and degree of avalanche hazard.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed in the job level.

-Install and maintain weather stations, snow supporting structures, automated road closure gate, and avalanche control devices like the gazex, avalanche guard, 105mm howitzer, and infrasonic detection systems.; determine the optimal timing and conduct avalanche control missions using the avalanche control devices.
-Avalanche and weather observations and forecasting.
-Make daily weather and snowpack observations. Evaluate current and forecast weather to produce avalanche forecast for highways in Teton County.
-Hike 1,600 vertical feet to the summit of Mount Glory to excavate snow pits and evaluate snowpack conditions to assess avalanche danger
-Gather and document weather, snowpack, and avalanche events for historical and forecasting purposes.
-HIking up and down the mountain in severe weather conditions. Predicting weather and assessing avalanche danger.
-Determining when the avalanche danger is high enough to warrant closing the highway and conducting an avalanche mission.
-Budgeting, resource management, and scheduling
-Assisting maintenance and construction with snow removal and contract administration.
-Operate front end loaders, plow trucks, rotary plows and other heavy equipment to assist in snow removal.
-Summer maintenance tasks including fencing, patching, mowing, delineating, signing and sweeping.

TNHM07-01314-Highway Maintenance Specialist II - Jackson


Interested Candidates may contact Jamie Yount at the email address below.
(O) 307-732-9622


Close Date: 2014-09-15

June 22, 2014  --CLOSED--

Craigieburn Valley Ski Area, New Zealand

Position: Ski Patrol / Snow Safety

Craigieburn Valley Ski Area is looking to hire an experienced patroller for the 2014 season. Craigieburn is located on the South Island of New Zealand in the Craigieburn Range. Duties would include assisting the Snow Safety Officer with daily weather and avalanche observations, providing medical services to guests, maintaining and operating rope tows as well as numerous other responsibilities. Staff are on a 6-day a week working schedule with on mountain lodging being provided. Interested parties should have the following qualifications:

• OEC or EMT Certification with at least three years experience
• American Level 2 or Canadian/New Zealand Level 1 Avalanche Certification
• Experience leading avalanche mitigation routes
• Experience in collecting weather and snowpack data
• Expert skiing ability
• Strong work ethic and physically capable of working long hours

For more information about the area please visit the website or the links.



Close Date: 2014-07-28

June 9, 2014  --CLOSED--

Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center (USDA Forest Service) Ketchum, ID

Position: Physical Scientist – Avalanche Center Director - GS-1301-09PFT13/13

In early July the Sawtooth National Forest will advertise the position for the Avalanche Center Director. The Director will be responsible for managing the staff (two GS 8 Avalanche Specialists) and all operational requirements of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center.

For more information please download the Outreach Announcement.

Individuals who respond to this outreach effort will be sent notice when the job is posted.

Interested applicants, or those desiring further information, should contact Simon Trautman by email at simon@sawtoothavalanche.com


Close Date: 2014-06-20

May 10, 2014  --CLOSED--

American Avalanche Association

Position: Graphic Designer/Print Production Artist

Graphic Designer/Print Production Artist
for the American Avalanche Association / The Avalanche Review

About the client and project:
The American Avalanche Association (AAA) is a nonprofit organization comprised of a collective group of dedicated professionals engaged in the study, forecasting, control and mitigation of snow avalanches. Association membership includes qualified researchers, professional avalanche forecasters, educators, guides, snow safety officers, snow rangers and qualified ski patrollers, technicians and specialists.
The Avalanche Review (TAR) is a trade and scientific journal serving the membership of the AAA. Articles published in TAR improve the knowledge and skills of its readers through topics addressing advances in forecasting, control techniques, education, and research. Balanced content is provided with material in areas such as rescue dogs, search methods, equipment, litigation, and accident reports, along with related general interest and timely news facing the profession.
TAR is a 32-page tabloid published four times per winter, distributed via mail and internet download. The publication is printed on a web press on a 45# white bookstock substrate. The publication is produced as 24 4/4 pages with two BW signatures in a 32-page tab format.

Graphic designer responsibilities:
The designer will use his/her experience and knowledge of current graphic design software to produce graphic art and visual materials for the production of The Avalanche Review. This includes generating and manipulating graphic images and text as well as collecting, processing, checking and uploading files for press. The designer will coordinate and provide production schedules to the editor, ad sales representative, and printer. Editorial materials will be provided by the editor, and advertising will be forwarded by the ad sales representative. The designer will review all editorial and advertising materials and request updated materials when necessary, including ads not provided according to publication specs, editorial images provided at low resolution, etc. The designer then will ensure proper placement of all ads and plan all editorial content layout, provide proofs, then prep all images and content for press and provide to printer per their specifications. The printer does not provide printers’ proofs, so it is essential that designer be capable of providing press-ready files with no errors or delays.
The designer will have the knowledge, expertise, ability and schedule availability to produce this publication from start to finish, with limited direction and/or creative oversight, and will be available to consult and/or direct the editorial and advertising staff as needed. The designer must display the ability and flexibility necessary to finalize all work on schedule and provide proofs in a timely manner, regardless of any delayed, modified and/or additional materials provided throughout the entirety of the production period.
The ideal candidate will garner a strong understanding of the AAA’s mission and membership in order to upgrade the overall TAR design and layout to accurately reflect the organization’s goals and take the publication into the next decade.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Create and provide production schedules to editor, ad sales representative and printer, and coordinate all aspects of production on schedule.
• Update and provide advertising specs, schedule and rates to ad sales representative.
• Receive and review all advertising materials, and coordinate ad placement with ad sales representative.
• Review and confirm receipt of all camera-ready advertising; assist ad sales representative to direct corrections and design suggestions as necessary.
• Produce all ads not provided camera ready.
• Receive and review all editorial materials and coordinate content with editor.
• Create or update designs, concepts, graphics, images and editorial page layouts using Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop) and/or QuarkXPress.
• Extract and modify materials provided or embedded in MS Office formats (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
• Proofread materials for content and layout, and apply publication editorial style sheet elements as needed.
• Write headlines and cutlines as needed, and provide proofs on schedule.
• Prepare all materials and preflight electronic artwork (high-res PDFs) for print. Coordinate with print production staff to confirm receipt of final materials, and confirm press production schedule.
• Prepare and provide all materials for web use to appropriate parties. Confirm and follow up as neeeded.

• Minimum five years of ad agency, design firm or related experience in a deadline-oriented and production-heavy environment.
• Experience producing print materials for web press (such as a newspaper) is preferred.
• Professional degree in Graphic Arts is a plus.
• Fluency in Adobe Creative Suite and MS Office applications.
• Proficiency with style sheets and multi-page documents.
• Ability to retouch and color correct photography.
• Ability to create, convert and color correct tables and charts.
• Strong design sensibility.
• Excellent understanding of graphic design fundamentals, printing and pre-press.
• Familiarity with how the print production process (i.e., web press) impacts creative decisions.
• Ability to identify goals and objectives and adhere to same throughout the creative and production process.
• Ability to work with editor, advertisers, ad sales representative and printer to ensure that deadlines are met.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Self-starter with demonstrated ability to identify, organize and accomplish tasks to meet goals; ability to act independently.
• Flexibility in regard to coordinating layout around editorial scheduling needs, while still meeting press deadlines as scheduled.
• Fluency in avalanche and snow science is a plus.

Application information:
Candidates must provide a cover letter, resumι, relevant portfolio samples, per-page rate, and any other cost estimate such as hourly rate for advertising layout. Client/employer referrals are also requested. All materials must be received by June 16, 2014 at the email address below.

Selection process:
The selection process, including interviews, will occur during late June and early July of 2014. Interviews and negotiations with the winning candidate will result in selection by July 9, with the first issue of The Avalanche Review, volume 33, to commence in early September, 2014.


Close Date: 2014-06-16

May 1, 2014

Mt Olympus Ski Field

Position: Senior Snow Safety Officer/ Ski Patroller

Mt Olympus "Playground of the Gods" www.mtolympus.co.nz is a very special club field in a remote location in the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

Mt Olympus is loved by those with a strong sense of adventure, who enjoy un-crowded, backcountry/off-piste skiing, ski-touring or snowboarding. The ski lodge is situated mid mountain with live in staff accommodation in the same building. Shifts are negotiated around 10 days on 3 day off and working hours are long. Accommodation and skiing included with the role.

For the season of 2014 Mt Olympus seek to appoint the position of Senior Snow Safety Officer/ Ski Patroller and are looking for the following skills, experience and attributes:
• Extensive patrol & forecasting experience
• Minimum NZ or Canadian avalanche level 2
• Pre Hospital Emergency Care
• Explosives certificate
• A knowledge of how club fields work
The job involves:
• Ensure a high standard of safety is maintained for all customers and staff
• Provide specialist emergency response, care and transport for customers and staff
• Demonstrate a high degree of hazard awareness and relate this to the importance in reducing accidents
• Manage avalanche control and snow safety related duties such as snowpack, avalanche and weather monitoring
• Provide up-to-date and accurate information to the public including morning snow reports
• Maintain signage and all safety strategies to an effective level
• Ensure all safety and operational checks have been completed thoroughly and within set timeframes and that high quality standards are maintained
• Ensure all work areas are clean, tidy, maintained and ready for use
• Deal with complaints, compliments and suggestions in a helpful, empathetic, polite and professional manner
• Provide assistance to your fellow team members at all times
• Be physically fit with appropriate stamina levels to work long long hours in all weather conditions
• Ability to build effective working relationships with a wide range or people
• Respond in a positive and proactive manner to feedback from supervisors/managers
• Maintain an approachable and co-operative persona with co-workers and customers
• A positive, fun and happy personality and commitment to great customer service
• Punctual and reliable and high energy levels
• A flexible approach to work hours, customer needs and the direction of the organisation


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