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October 22, 2014  --CLOSED--

Flathead Avalanche Center (Flathead National Forest)

Position: Avalanche Specialist (Meteorological Technician)

The Flathead Avalanche Center is hiring a seasonal part-time Avalanche Specialist for the upcoming season (2014-2015). Applications are being accepted from October 22 - 26th. For more information and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov and reference the job announcement numbers below.

Announcement # GS-1341-07, Meteorological Technician (Avalanche Specialist), 15-TEMP0110-84662DT-MR

OPEN PERIOD:
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 to Sunday, October 26, 2014

Contact Erich Peitzsch with questions.

Contact:

Close Date: 2014-10-26


October 21, 2014

Evergreen Outdoor Center, Hakuba, Nagano, Japan

Position: Ski Patroller to Head Avalanche Program

This is not a patrol position, but an avalanche work and patrol-training position. The ski area patrol will still handle the regular patrol duties, but we will be doing the avalanche work to open new off-piste terrain, and training the patrollers in how to sweep and patrol the new terrain; such skills as how to haul injured people out of steep forested terrain. We need a patroller with solid experience to oversee avalanche mitigation operations and training; set up bomb trams; refine fencing, gates, routes, and operations in new terrain. Flight and rent paid for. 300,000 yen per month (currently US #2,809); 3- 4 month position. 40 hour work weeks. Must be able to get a work visa for Japan; this can be hard but the more certificates and qualifications you have, the better. Contact Dave Enright; www.evergreen-hakuba.com

Contact:


October 8, 2014  --CLOSED--

White Mountain National Forest - Androscoggin Ranger District

Position: Avalanche Specialist

Please see links below to announcements for (1) Permanent Full Time (PFT) Forestry Tech (Avalanche Specialist/Dispersed Recreation) position on the Androscoggin Ranger District-White Mountain National Forest. Job open on Thursday 10/9/2014. PLEASE FORWARD TO INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS.

www.usajobs.gov Merit Open October 9 to 22, 2014. (For current Permanent Federal Employees)

www.usajobs.gov Demo Open October 9 to 20, 2014. (For all US Citizens)

Reminder: Applicants have to click on the button to view vacancies for Federal Employees or US Citizens (if they have the button checked for Federal Employees the search will not display the announcement for all US Citizens).

Direct any questions to Chris Joosen at the email address below

Contact:

Close Date: 2014-10-20


September 30, 2014  --CLOSED--

Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center

Position: Director/ Avalanche Specialists

The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center is hiring a Director and 1-2 seasonal Avalanche Specialists for the upcoming season. Applications are being accepted from October 3 - 9th. For more information and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov and reference the job announcement numbers below.

GS-1341-08: Meteorological Technician (Avalanche Specialist- Director)
www.usajobs.gov
*Job Announcement Number: 15-TEMP1004-77199DT-PM

OPEN PERIOD:
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 to Monday, October 13, 2014

GS-1341-07: Meteorological Technician (Avalanche Specialist)
www.usajobs.gov
*Job Announcement Number: 15-TEMP1004-77182DT-PM

OPEN PERIOD:
Tuesday October 7th, 2014 to Monday, October 13th, 2014

Contact Graham Predeger with questions.

Contact:

Close Date: 2014-10-09


September 21, 2014  --CLOSED--

UN-OPS

Position: Avalanche Programs Specialist - Afghanistan

UN-OPS is looking to hire an Avalanche Programs Specialist in Afghanistan for a 6-month period (with possibility of extension).

For extensive details on the position and to apply visit the following website...
gprs.unops.org

For questions, contact Marty Schmoker at the email below or by phone at 509 548 6445 or 509 860 7224. Marty is not hiring the position but passed along this opportunity and can speak about the team in Afghanistan, potential expectations working in that area, and ground work that has been laid for this position.

Contact:

Close Date: 2014-09-26


September 19, 2014  --CLOSED--

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Position: Avalanche Forecaster

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 17 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 in the Breckenridge office will focus on the Vail and Summit County and Sawatch backountry zones and assist with highway operations on I-70, US 40, US 6, US 24, US 50, SH 91, and SH 82. They will work 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 email a resume and cover letter by to Ethan Greene

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 23, 2014.

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: 2014-09-23


September 15, 2014  --CLOSED--

Northwest Avalanche Center - NWAC

Position: Field Observer

Job Description

The Northwest Avalanche Center is looking to hire two additional Professional Observers to provide backcountry observations in the Seattle zone and the Mt Hood zone to the NWAC forecast team.
The Professional Observer’s Network provides 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 snow and weather observations from our team of six observers complementing the condition reports from most local ski areas, remote weather stations, NWAC cooperator input, and volunteer observations. The objective of the Professional Observer’s Network is to reduce the NWAC forecasters’ workload while 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 two 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 $700 per month.

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 NWAC. There will be several training days in the fall. This is a contract position, however, the NWAC 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@nwac.us.

Submission deadline is October 1st, 2014.

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 contractor will supply appropriate clothing and equipment suitable to backcountry travel.

Contact:

Close Date: 2014-10-01


September 11, 2014  --CLOSED--

Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center

Position: Director/ Avalanche Specialists

The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center (CNFAIC) will soon be filling up to three Meteorological Technician (Avalanche Forecaster) positions. These are temporary Seasonal, 1039 hour appointment (November – April) with a duty station in Girdwood, AK. The avalanche center will be filling the Director position in addition to 1-2 avalanche specialists. This notification is being circulated to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming opportunity. The vacancy announcement will be advertised as a DEMO announcement (all candidates) and will be posted at www.usajobs.gov.

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

For more information and to respond to this outreach, please drop an email to the email address below.

Contact:

Close Date: 2014-10-03


September 2, 2014  --CLOSED--

Sawtooth Avalanche Center

Position: Seasonal Avalanche Specialists

The Sawtooth Avalanche Center is hiring 1-2 seasonal Avalanche Specialists for the upcoming season. Applications are being accepted from September 2-9. For more information and to apply, visit the USAJobs vacancy listing for the position(s) at www.usajobs.gov

Contact Scott Savage at the email address below with questions.

Contact:

Close Date: 2014-09-09


August 31, 2014  --CLOSED--

Solitude Mountain Resort

Position: Ski Patrol

Solitude Mountain Resort is hiring full-time professional ski patrollers for the 2014-2015 season. Expert skiing skills and a current EMT or OEC certification is required. Previous ski patrol and avalanche work experience is recommended.

Contact:

Close Date: 2014-10-31


August 7, 2014

Heavenly Mountain Resort

Position: Ski Patrol

Experienced Ski Patrol - Winter / Seasonal / Full Time - Heavenly

Job Summary:
Heavenly 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 excecuting 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. Please note: This position is posted for experienced Ski Patrol. If you do not have previous experience, please consider applyint to requisition ID 35944: Ski Patrol Apprentice.

Entry-level 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

Intermediate level responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
All criteria listed for Entry Level, plus:
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

Advanced level responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
All criteria listed for Entry and Intermediate Level, plus:
Strong working knowledge and experience with snow safety
Assist with in house training
Attend advanced out of area trainings as assigned
Possession of advanced skills/certifications such as AIARE Level 2, Technical Rope Rescue training, etc.

Entry Level Requirements:
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 2013- 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 - required, otherwise please apply for Patrol Apprentice position, which will be posted in July 2014
Must have the ability to pass a Criminal Background Check

Intermediate Level Requirements:
All criteria listed for Entry Level, plus:
CalOsha Blaster’s license – Preferred
AIARE Level 1
Clean driving record

Advanced Level Requirements:
All criteria listed for Entry and Intermediate Level, plus:
AIARE Level 2 certification
Technical Rope Rescue certification

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. A detailed description of our Fit to Ride program and its requirements are available at: www.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.

Apply Online: www.jobs.vailresorts.com
Search for Requisition ID: 65572

Contact:


August 4, 2014  --CLOSED--

Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center

Position: Intern

Position: 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 AAA level 2 avalanche education (or equivalent), 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 a professional goal towards snow science, avalanche forecasting, or associated fields. Previous 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 may be involved in providing public outreach 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.
www.cnfaic.org
Intern must commit to at least 2 months between December 15, 2014 and April 15, 2015.

Email resume and cover letter to Director Kevin Wright

Contact:

Close Date: 2014-08-31


August 1, 2014  --CLOSED--

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Position: Avalanche Forecaster

The Colorado Information Avalanche Center, (CAIC), exists to promote avalanche safety by reducing the impact of avalanches on recreation, industry and transportation in the State through a program of forecasting and education. The person in this position is self motivated and able to work in occasional non structured work environment with the ability to prioritize schedule and methods to complete the work. The person in this position will be exposed to the hot and cold weather elements and typically work a 40 hour week, however occasional extended work days and/or weeks may occur dependent on those elements and workload.

DUTIES:

This position produces and writes avalanche forecasts, creates and delivers education programs, collects field data, interacts with professional and volunteer avalanche and rescue groups and demonstrates an understanding of atmospheric physics and dynamics and snow physics and avalanche dynamics. The four main functions of this position are: 1) Provides avalanche hazard forecasts and consults with CDOT on weather and avalanche programs; 2) Trains CDOT staff, contractors, and general public in snow, weather and avalanche safety; 3) Collects field data to support the highway and backcountry; and 4) Installs and maintains remote weather instrumentation avalanche conditions along specific sections of state and federal highways,

Avalanche forecaster – collects and analyzes weather and snow data, describe specific events or patterns in snow properties and avalanche activity in an avalanche forecast. Also interprets weather forecast products for local effects on snow and avalanche conditions. Develops new methods and techniques for utilizing the CAIC’s dataset.

Educator – Trains CDOT personnel and contractors on avalanche potential within their highway corridor. Develops new methods and tools to teach avalanche safety to CDOT personnel. Teaches snow, weather and avalanche science to CDOT personnel and backcountry users.

Field Data Collection – Collects data on the current physical, mechanical and thermal state of the snowpack. Analyzes and interprets these data to determine the structural and mechanical stability of the snowpack. Uses the assessment of snowpack properties and weather forecasts to determine current and future avalanche potential. Collects and uses avalanche occurrence data to determine the current and future character of avalanche activity. Collects weather data. All of these data must be recorded in a central computer database and used for the avalanche forecasting portion of the position.

Automated Weather Stations – Installs and maintains automated weather stations. This includes understanding CSI measurement acquisition computer language and writing and editing programs using the Logger Net software package. Compiles and installs these programs so that they run the data logger computers and remote weather instruments. Wires data logger instrument panels and establishes phone, RF, and Ethernet communications between weather and base station units. Also diagnoses and maintains communication between a central computer server and the base stations.

Below is a brief description of areas of responsibility for the two positions.

Carbondale, CO 81623: Areas of responsibility are I-70 Glenwood Canyon, SH 82 Independence Pass, SH 133 McClure Pass, SH 65 Grand Mesa, SH 139 Douglass Pass, Aspen backcountry zone, Grand Mesa backcountry zone.

Leadville, CO 80461: Areas of responsibility are U.S. Hwy 24- Battle Mountain , SH 82 -Independence Pass, SH 91 - Fremont Pass, U.S. Hwy 50 - Monarch Pass, Sawatch backcountry zone, Vail/Summit County backcountry zone.

TO APPLY: please access the State of Colorado’ job website at www.colorado.gov

Contact:

Close Date: 2014-08-18


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.

Contact:

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

Requirements:
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

Contact:


July 14, 2014  --CLOSED--

Wyoming Department of Transportation

Position: Highway Avalanche Technician

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
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.

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
TNHM07-01314-Highway Maintenance Specialist II - Jackson

agency.governmentjobs.com

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

Contact:

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.

craigieburn.co.nz/
www.youtube.com
www.youtube.com

Contact:

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.
www.americanavalancheassociation.org

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

Contact:

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.

Qualifications:
• 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, resumé, 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.

Contact:

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

Contact:


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