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AAA - Professional Training Coordinator

POSITION: Professional Training Coordinator

DATE POSTED: 2017-10-12

CLOSING: 2017-10-31

CONTACT: Jaime Musnicki, A3 Executive Director, and Eeva Latosuo, A3 Education Committee Chair, at aaa@avalanche.org

The American Avalanche Association is seeking to fill the position of Professional Training Coordinator.

General Position Description

The A3 Pro Training Coordinator oversees all programmatic aspects of A3's Professional Avalanche Training Program, from program launch (winter 2017/18) to ongoing integration for the long-term benefit of avalanche professionals.  The coordinator facilitates collaboration in developing and updating avalanche skills and proficiencies that serve as common standards for Pro Training courses (e.g. Pro 1, Pro 2, ProAvSAR).  S/he coordinates the Pro Course Provider review process and Pro Training Workshops.  The Pro Training Coordinator works closely with the A3 Executive Director on administrative management and oversight of the Pro Training Program and with the A3 Governing Board on big-picture direction for the Program.


The Pro Training Coordinator leads A3 in collaborative development and successful launch of the Pro Training Program. S/he will be responsible for:

  • Representing the A3 Pro Training Program in face-to-face and written communications with stakeholders across the avalanche industry in the United States - developing and distributing clear, focused messaging for individual and industry understanding.

  • Facilitating collaboration with and overseeing Pro Training Course Providers and Trainers - soliciting input from Providers and Trainers on pro course development and program evolution, scheduling pro course reviews, providing feedback to pro trainers and course providers during review process.

  • Identifying, communicating, and fostering rapport with existing and prospective Pro Course Providers and Trainers and other key industry stakeholders.

  • Working collaboratively with Pro Course Providers and other industry stakeholders to develop and regularly update common standards for pro courses, e.g. skills and proficiencies, standard forms, testing rubrics, course pre-requisites, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements, Trainer qualifications.

  • Evolving format and content for Pro Training Workshops.

  • Organizing Pro Trainer Workshops - timely scheduling, enrollment prioritization, logistics, staffing.

  • Coordinating the Industry Advisory Group - requesting input on specific topics and questions related to the Pro Training Program, fielding general feedback from the industry on the program.

  • Collaborating with the A3 Executive Director to manage the A3 database of Course Providers, Pro Trainers, and proficient students (when applicable).

  • Responding (with appropriate support of other A3 staff and/or Board members) to inquiries or grievances related to the Pro Training Program, Course Providers, Trainers, and/or student outcomes.

  • Additional duties related to the Pro Training Program that may arise in the development, launch, and ongoing oversight of the program.


Essential Qualifications

Applicant should be an avalanche professional with experience and skills in training, educating, and coordinating teams of avalanche professionals and a high level of formal avalanche training (e.g. A3 AvPro, L3, CAA-ITP1&2). Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are integral to success in this position.  Applicant must be able to collaborate and build rapport with a wide array of industry professionals.


Preferred Skills & Experience

  • Experience in scheduling and organizing meetings and facilitating collaboration within a diverse group.

  • Experience planning and implementing training programs - schedules/timetables, content, logistics, etc.

  • Excellent communication skills; ability to work with a diverse range of perspectives and opinions to build consensus, buy-in, and work toward larger program goals.

  • Ability to develop documents, efficiently utilize a variety of computer software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google docs etc.), and assist with database management to support program needs.


Additional Details

This will be a half-time, year-round employee position, hourly wage DOE.  The Pro Training Coordinator will report to the A3 Executive Director.  Based upon the needs of the program, there may be opportunity for the position to evolve in the future.


To Apply


Email resume and cover letter to Jaime Musnicki, A3 Executive Director, and Eeva Latosuo, A3 Education Committee Chair, at aaa@avalanche.org by October 31.  Interviews will be conducted in November with ideal position start date in early to mid December.



POSITION: Pro Patrol

DATE POSTED: 2017-09-19


CONTACT: Michele.King@skihood.com

Here it is, the chance to join Mt. Hood Meadows Pro Patrol team! But you don't want to join just any patrol department; you want a job that goes beyond stabilizing and transporting injured patients. The Meadows Patrol team prides themselves on being Mt. Hood's most community engaged patrol professionals. We promote and practice environmental stewardship, safety awareness, and take pride in building trust and relationships with our guests and co-workers. If you share these values, this patrol job will be everything you dreamed of: building a community and repertoire for professionalism and positive relationships PLUS all the fun stuff too.

Apply if this sounds great, AND you meet the minimum qualifications listed neatly in the bullet points below:

  • Current Outdoor Emergency Care Certification
  • Current CPR for Healthcare Providers
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Not on the Federal Exclusion List
  • Fulfill the requirements of Patroller I or better
LEE CANYON SKI AREA - Professional Ski Patrollers

POSITION: Professional Ski Patrollers

DATE POSTED: 2017-09-08

CLOSING: 2017-11-30

CONTACT: Michelle French, Patrol Manager: mfrench@leecanyonlv.com

Lee Canyon Ski Area is now accepting 2017/2018 season applications for full time professional ski patrollers.  Lee Canyon is located in the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area, 50 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada.  Minimum qualifications include strong skiing or snowboarding skills, OEC/NREMT-B in Southern Nevada or higher medical certification, able to work in a team environment as an effective member, and good customer service skills . Avalanche Level 1, experience handling explosives, and previous experience patrolling are preferred.  Must be physically capable of working long hours in a winter mountain environment.  Come and join our team and experience a dynamic small ski area with Lake Mead and Red Rock Conservation Area as your off duty playgrounds.  Lee Canyon wages are competitive and DOE.  To apply, send resume to mfrench@leecanyonlv.com and complete the online application at http://www.leecanyonlv.com.


POSITION: Ski Patrol

DATE POSTED: 2017-08-23

CLOSING: 2017-10-15

CONTACT: patrol@skimonarch.com

Monarch Mountain is accepting applications full time, professional ski patrollers for the 2017/2018 ski season. Minimum qualifications are strong skiing ability, OEC/WFR/EMT or higher medical certification, outdoor leadership experience and a desire to work hard and play hard in the mountains. Previous experience ski patrolling, avalanche education, avalanche safety, and explosive use are a plus. Monarch Mountain offers competitive pay with merit based wage increases. To apply, please send a resume and completed application found at: www.skimonarch.com to info@skimonarch.com.

WHISPER RIDGE BACKCOUNTRY RESORT - Cat skiing guides and heliskiing guides

POSITION: Cat skiing guides and heliskiing guides

DATE POSTED: 2017-08-14


CONTACT: Wes Light - wes@whisperridgeutah.com

Ski Guide

Located in Northern Utah, Whisper Ridge Backcountry resort is hiring both cat skiing guides and heliskiing guides for the 2017-2018 season and beyond. This is a seasonal position running from December 4th, 2017 through April 2nd, 2018.


Job Skills 

Operational guiding/leadership skills

Strong social and customer service skills

Excellent fitness and winter backcountry travel skills

A fluid understanding of risk management principles 

Strong attention to detail (paperwork)


Other considerations:

Snowcat and/or snowmobile operating experience is a huge plus.

Must work effectively in a team environment

Willingness to work in a submersive professional winter recreation environment with work days up to 14hrs. 


Minimum Qualifications 

2 years of on snow guiding or other outdoor leadership experience

Level II avalanche cert from a reputable provider

Current Wilderness First Responder certification (or OEC, EMT)


Contact Wes Light at Wes@whisperridgeutah.com Please include a resume, cover letter and copies of your certs. 

WOLF CREEK SKI AREA - Professional Ski Patroller


POSITION: Professional Ski Patroller

DATE POSTED: 2017-06-06

CLOSING: 2017-12-31

CONTACT: patrol@wolfcreekski.com

Wolf Creek Ski Area is accepting applications for full time, paid professional ski patrollers.  

Minimum qualifications: strong skiing ability and EMT-Basic certification.  Snow science background, explosives experience, avalanche safety training is a plus.  Starting pay is $11-14/hour depending on experience, with considerations for merit-based wage increases.

Applications are available at www.wolfcreekski.com.  Email to the address above or mail to P.O. Box 2800, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Please include resume.