The A3 Pro Employment List is compiled to help employers and professional avalanche workers connect. Positions posted must be closely related to the field of snow and avalanches. To submit an employment listing, email with the following information about the position: employer name, position title, closing date for position, employer contact (name, email/phone), and position description.


Colorado Avalanche Information Center


Avalanche Forecaster, Leadville Office -- Primary for Sawatch and Gunnison Backcountry Zones

Avalanche Forecaster, Telluride area -- Primary for Northern San Juan Mountains Backcountry Zone

Avalanche Forecaster, Durango area -- Primary for Southern San Juan Mountains Backcountry Zone

CLASS: Temporary Seasonal (Training in October and fulltime November 1 through April 30). Compensation $20-$22 DOE.

DATE POSTED:  July 11, 2018

CLOSING: August 4, 2018

CONTACT: Ethan Greene,

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 21 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.

These forecaster positions will work both independently and with other CAIC staff to provide backcountry avalanche information and safety training for public recreation. The Leadville position is based out of the CAIC’s office on the Colorado Mountain College -Timberline Campus. The work location for the positions in the Telluride and Durango areas has yet to be determined.

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 public safety products on backcounty avalanche conditions

·       Teach avalanche safety courses

·       Support other avalanche safety operations including mechanized ski operations, backcountry guiding operations, and search and rescue



·       Operational avalanche forecasting experience

·       Strong written and spoken communication skills

·       Excellent fitness and winter backcountry travel skills (motorized and non-motorized)

·       Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and web-based software packagesD


·       Experience with computer network systems

·       Experience with data base and data management systems

·       Experience with web applications

·       Experience with Geographical Information Systems


·       2 years of operational avalanche forecasting experience

·       Professional avalanche training such as: National Avalanche School, Level III, AVPRO, AAA Pro2, CAA Level II, or equivalent training course

·       Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification


·       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

            1313 Sherman St. Rm 423

            Denver, CO 80203

            or email application materials to:

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 4, 2018. We will conduct interviews the week of August 20th at the CAIC’s Leadville Office.


·       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 and holidays, early morning and evening hours.

·       Compensation is an hourly wage and does not include any benefit package. The employee is eligible for pre-approved over-time pay.

State of Alaska, Alaska Railroad

POSITION: Manager, Avalanche Program (Alaska Railroad) Position 2018-079

TYPE: Full Time

LOCATION: Anchorage

PROCESS: Anticipated Advertisement Dates, July-August, 2018. Announcement number tbd.

DATE POSTED:  July 11, 2018

CLOSING: July 16, 2018


APPLY: Online at, Position #2018-079

This position directs ARRC avalanche mitigation program. Manages capital construction projects primarily for avalanche related work. Researches and develops new and improved means for detection and warning of natural hazards events.



High school diploma or GED required.


Ten years of experience as an avalanche program professional is required. Work experience must have included project management, working with architectural engineering, environmental, and construction contracts, and budget and cost control methods. Experience must have included monitoring avalanche conditions, to include managing avalanche control programs and operating required artillery to shoot down slides. Master/apprentice in another avalanche program of similar scope and size can substitute for the required avalanche experience.


AAUNAC (United States Military Artillery for Avalanche Control) certified artillery training program, and Gunner AAUNC certified. CDL (Commercial Driver's License) with hazardous materials endorsement is required.


ATF Responsible Person, and AAA (American Avalanche Association) Level 3 Avalanche Certification is preferred. Experience with military artillery, as well as data management systems. ARRC Track Car license is preferred.


Prior to the closing date of this bulletin, all applicants must submit a copy of a current drivers record that reflects the last three years of driving history. The driving record must be dated within four months of the closing date of the job bulletin. Applicants may either attach a copy of their driving record to the application or fax it to the Alaska Railroad Human Resources Department, 907.265.2542. The State of Alaska DMV Driving Records are available online: 

Please be sure to include any required and desired qualifications in your applicant profile and cover letter. If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment and whether full or part time. Your application will be closely reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not the applicant will not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

Alaska Railroad Human Resources Department.


Mailing address: PO Box 107500, Anchorage, AK 99510-7500

Fax: 907.265.2542

Northwest Avalanche Center, Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest

POSITION: Physical Scientist/Avalanche Specialist, GS-1301-9, Temporary Seasonal. Up to 2 Positions May be Filled

DUTY STATION: Seattle, WA/potential duty at satellite offices

PROCESS: Anticipated Advertisement Dates, July-August, 2018. Announcement number tbd.

DATE POSTED:  June 18, 2018

CLOSING: None given.

CONTACT: Kenny Kramer, Northwest Avalanche Center Director, 206.858.3540, 

The Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest will soon be advertising a temporary seasonal GS-1301-9 Physical Scientist/ Avalanche Specialist vacancy for up to 2 positions located in the central to northern Cascades. This is an exciting opportunity and will provide applicants with a challenging and rewarding experience in one of the most beautiful and vibrant locations in the nation. The purpose of this notice is to determine if there are interested and qualified individuals.

This notice is in effect from June 15 through July 10th, 2018.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete the outreach response form below or a resume and statement of interest and return it to Email: on or before July 10th, 2018.

About The Position

This position serves as a Physical Scientist/ Avalanche Specialist at the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC). Administratively, the position(s) are assigned to the Supervisor's Office of the Mt Baker Snoqualmie National Forest in Everett, WA, but may be assigned to work virtually from field offices.

We are searching for motivated individual(s) skilled in building relationships internally and externally. These individuals will have many seasons of experience working and traveling in adverse mountain environments on backcountry skis and snowmobliles. The incumbent should have the demonstrated knowledge and ability to work with a variety of persons and organizations in order to: maintain public and worker safety in potentially hazardous mountain environments, conduct snow and avalanche field-work, maintain weather stations, maintain equipment, create avalanche advisories, conduct outreach and education, interact with the media, and assist the director of the avalanche center in  planning and organizing workloads.

If you have further questions about the position, please contact Kenny Kramer at 206-858-3540, or by email at

About the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest:

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington State extends over 140 miles along the western slope of the Cascade Mountains, from the Canadian border to the northern boundary of Mt. Rainier National Park. The forest contains about 1.7 million acres of National Forest System lands. The MBS is considered an “urban forest.” The Forest lies within five counties (Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, King, and Pierce) which contain over 55 percent of the State’s total population. Over five million people live in or near the Puget Sound metropolitan area and are within a one to two-hour drive of the Forest boundary, making the Forest one of the most visible in the country.

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie is a Forest rich in natural diversity, with a complex ecosystem that includes glacier-covered peaks, volcanoes, alpine lakes and many, many rivers and streams, old-growth stands of timber, and a multitude of plant, animal, and fish species. About 42 percent of the MBS is designated wilderness; the Skagit Wild and Scenic River includes about 158 miles of portions of four rivers; and large areas of the forest are allocated to Late Successional Reserve and Riparian Reserve (under the 1994 Forest Plan Amendment commonly known as the Northwest Forest Plan). The MBS provides habitat for a number of federally-listed threatened and endangered fish and wildlife species, including grizzly bear, the northern spotted owl, Chinook salmon, steelhead, bull trout, and more. Recreation opportunities abound, including winter sports at four major ski areas.

AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education)

POSITION: Operations Manager

DATE POSTED:  June 7, 2018

CLOSING: June 22, 2018

CONTACT: Reference Operations Manager in the subject line of your email

See for full description.

Craigieburn Valley Ski Club

POSITION: Snow Safety Officer

DATE POSTED:  June 1, 2018

CLOSING: June 21, 2018

CONTACT: Marcus Cullen / +64 276690820 /


Additional Information

6 days per week - early July - early Oct 2018
Live in position based at the ski area (1.5hrs drive from Christchurch)
Competitive weekly wage (including closed days)
Food and board provided

Small and passionate team (10 staff total operate the ski area and lodges)

Unique NZ club field experience - check it out

Advanced (avalanche) terrain

Qualifications Required:

  • Pre-med / Advanced first aid
  •  Explosives certification
  • Avalanche level 2

Job Description

  • To assume the role of Field Manager in the absence of the Ski Area Manager.
  • To take responsibility for and implement the Snow Safety Plan.
  •  To review and update the new Snow Safety Plan for the ski area during the course of the season as improvements in operations procedure and knowledge of the ski field arise.
  • On days where an opening is possible, to co-ordinate the necessary control work according to the Snow Safety Plan and industry best practice to ensure safe operation.
  •  To put morning snow reports to the media daily by 6.15am.
  •  On days where an opening may be possible be prepared to be heading up the hill for control work etc by first light.
  • To ensure adequate field signage is in place as per the Snow Safety Plan.
  • To assist the other Field Staff when possible to have the field operating by 9.00am each day.
  • To generally assist with fieldwork including snow fence and general field maintenance whenever possible.
  • To carry out regular circuits of the field.
  • To assist beginner rope tow riders as required.
  • To ensure the storage, use and recording of the explosives is done according to OSH requirements.
  • At the end of the season oversee the return of explosives to the lower magazine.
  • To maintain tidy and accurate weather, snowpack and avalanche occurrence observations according to the Snow Safety Plan.
  • To ensure DOC and MSC operational and end of season report requirements are fulfilled.
  • To organise a practice of the area avalanche emergency rescue plan at the beginning of the season involving all members of staff and available club members.
  • To organise staff transceiver training periodically during the season to ensure all staff are competent at multi burial transceiver searching.
  • To establish liaison with outside rescue contacts (personal contact required).
  • To assess snow safety hazard according to the Snow Safety Plan and industry best practice.
  • Communicate to the Manager initial opening options and limitation for that day by 7.00am or as soon
  • as possible thereafter.
  • During field and road opening (including night) to periodically reassess snow safety hazards and communicate to the Manager any change in the open and closed status.
  • During field and road openings (including night) to co-ordinate any control work required accordin to the Snow Safety Plan and accepted industry best practice.
  • To ensure an adequate sweep is performed upon any partial or full field and/or normal closure.
  • To cover for other staff on their off days as set out in the attached schedule and as required.
  • To socialize with guests in the evening and dine in the main dining room.
  •  To check and stoke the boiler as required at any time you are passing the drying room and advise the Boiler person of any concerns.
  • To assist with club activities as required.
  • Follow the weekly roster for doing ‘the walk’/ responsibility for the tows. Where rostered the person shall be responsible for all tasks listed on the lift inspection logs and signing of log confirming this (a copy of this can be supplied if required).
  • To perform any duties as deemed necessary from time to time by the Ski Area Manager such as ticket checks etc.
  • To prepare an end of Season Report which must be presented to the President no later than one week after the completion of the contract?

Broken River Ski Club

POSITION: Snow Safety Officer

DATE POSTED:  June 1, 2018

CLOSING:  None given

CONTACT: Sam Worsp:, Phone +64 21405303


Live-in position suited to a passionate individual working in a small team.

The rose is to ensure the safety of Broken River Ski Area’s guests through the mitigation of avalanche hazards and other natural and man-made hazards throughout the ski area, providing strong leadership, an astute awareness of risk management and comprehensive technical knowledge of snow safety practices. The Snow Safety Officer also provides support to other areas within the ski area when required.

Broken River benefits from the input of many Snow Safety Officers gone by, evident in comprehensive terrain analysis, avalanche maps, a field manual, avalanche safety plan and historical avalanche observations. The Snow Safety Officer, whilst taking on the overall responsibility of guests within the ski area, relies on the support of experienced club members with intimate knowledge of the ski area and its snowpack, as well as neighbouring ski area snow safety personnel. For more information, visit

Friends of Colorado Avalanche Information Center

POSITION: Development Director

DATE POSTED:  June 1, 2018

CLOSING:  June 8, 2018

CONTACT: Aaron Carlson,

The Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (Friends of CAIC) is a 501(c)3 group whose mission is to support the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and avalanche safety in Colorado.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) is a program within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources tasked with reducing the impact of snow avalanches on recreation, industry, and transportation. The program receives funding from the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Colorado Severance Tax Fund, and cash funding via contracts, grants, and donations, most of which come from the users of the forecasting and educational services. The CAIC is dependent on a successful fundraising effort in order to carry out its mission.

Mission statement

The Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization created to support the CAIC, while contributing to avalanche awareness and education throughout the State of Colorado. As more people venture into the Colorado backcountry and as more people are in need of avalanche awareness training for their personal safety, there is a need to continually grow the revenues available to the CAIC to keep pace with demand for its forecasting and education services. We achieve this mission via grant writing, seeking donations, and fundraising events.

The Position

The Friends of CAIC is looking for an experienced, creative, well-connected fundraising professional to join our team as our Development Director. This position requires a strong passion for avalanche safety and the desire to work for an organization that seeks to grow the Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s program of avalanche forecasting and education. The Development Director will lead our fundraising efforts across all our categories, including individual giving, public and government grants, foundations, and special events.

This position will be responsible for identifying and motivating first-time and current major donors, assisting the Executive Director with liaising and developing new initiatives with existing corporate sponsors, and identifying new partnership opportunities. We are looking for a thought leader in developing compelling messages and stories to solidify and expand our core relationships. The Development Director will solicit new opportunities to receive grant funding, prepare grant submissions and file reports. This person will join the Friends of CAIC as a vital part of the leadership team, helping to craft budgets, strategic plans, and making sure we creatively and efficiently integrate fundraising objectives into all our mission-driven work.  

We are looking for a creative, critical thinker that is not restricted by conventional fundraising. Your passion for sharing and showcasing personal stories will impel donors, institutions and guests to support avalanche safety in Colorado.

Specific Responsibilities include:

·      Establishing an annual fundraising plan that meets or exceeds the revenue needed to fulfill our mission of supporting the CAIC and our annual operating plan.

·      Identify, cultivate, and steward individual donors.

·      Identify, applying for, and reporting on all grant funding opportunities.

·      Interacting with donors, potential donors, and event attendees.

·      Assisting with the Friends of CAIC Benefit Bash and other events throughout the State of Colorado.

·      Integrate fundraising opportunities into our programmatic work.

·      Guiding board members through donor acquisition, cultivation, and retention.

·      Development of major donor fundraising events and peer to peer campaigns.

·      Assisting the Executive Director with financial information for accounting and pipeline purposes.

·      Managing all aspects of individual donation relationships.

·      Assist Executive Director with corporate partnership program.

·      Attend annual Outdoor Retailer event.

·      Work directly with Executive Director on development of annual budgets and strategic plans.

·      Other duties as assigned.


·      Must embrace the mission of the Friends of CAIC and the CAIC.

·      B.A. degree with a minimum of 3 years experience in a leadership role of a non-profit development department.

·      A proven track record of obtaining and maintaining significant programmatic grant funding.

·      Strong experience identifying, cultivating and stewarding major donors.

·      Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

·      Experience working remotely and independently.

·      An open and collaborative work style.

·      Comfort with the unpredictable nature of small non-profit organizations.

·      Strong computer skills; fluent in Microsoft Office;, website content management systems.

·      Willingness and ability to travel throughout Colorado.

·      Strong organizational skills.

Working Conditions and location:

·  This position is a full time, year round position

·  The Development Director will work from a home office and remotely from the Executive Director.

·   The Development Director will work a 40-hour workweek that will often include weekends and evenings.

·  The location of this position is flexible. However, we prefer the Development Director be based along the I70 corridor from the Roaring Fork Valley to Denver.


Salary commensurate with experience.


Generous vacation time allowance

Retirement plan including an organizational match after 6 months

Flexible work schedule
Monthly cell phone reimbursement

Paid mileage based on current IRS mileage rates

Health insurance stipend

Paid holidays

Ski Pass

Opportunities for continuing avalanche education

How to Apply:

Interested applicants can send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample via email to: Please write “Development Director” in the subject of your email. Applications will be accepted through June 8, 2018. The expected start date for this position is August 1, 2018.

Steamboat Powdercats

POSITION: Ski Guide, Steamboat Powdercats

DATE POSTED:  May 31, 2018

CLOSING:  July 13, 2018

CONTACT: Eric Deering,

Steamboat Powdercats is hiring a Ski Guide for the 2018/2019 ski season.  This is a full time, seasonal position running from December 1, 2018 to April 1, 2019.

Job Description

Steamboat Powdercats Guides are responsible for leading groups of up to 12 skiers/riders in the winter backcountry.  This includes pre and post-trip logistics, guest service, avalanche awareness and forecasting and emergency medical response, as well as snowmobile and snowcat operations.


  • Steamboat Powdercats prides itself on exceptional customer service.  Guides must have the ability to interact at any time with guests of all sorts.  They must be able to entertain and educate.
  • Similarly, Guides must be able to interact with other employees in a pleasant manner and maintain good working relationships with the entire SPC crew.

Specific Requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be an expert skier, able to ski in varied terrain and snow conditions
  • Must have current WFR and CPR for healthcare providers
  • Must have Pro I or Level II avalanche education
  • 2 years of operational guiding/outdoor leadership experience
  • Clean driving record

Skills & Knowledge

  • Operational guiding/leadership skills
  • Strong social and customer service skills
  • Excellent fitness and winter backcountry travel skills
  • Basic computing skills (web apps, microsoft office, etc.)
  • Use of two-way radios, rescue equipment (i.e. snowmobiles, transceivers, toboggans, etc.), and medical equipment (i.e.splints, backboards, vacuum mattress, etc.)
  • Snowmobile and snowcat operations (desired)

Work Schedule

  • Regularly scheduled work shifts require being on-call and working weekends, holidays, and some evenings
  • Work days are typically 11-12 hours
  • Normal work week is 5-6 days

Working Conditions

  • Work is outdoors and requires constant exposure to cold and other extreme weather conditions

Interested applicants can send Resume and Cover Letter to Eric Deering at

Steamboat Powdercats is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Colorado Avalanche Information Center

POSITION: Avalanche Forecaster

DATE POSTED:  May 29,2018

CLOSING:  July 13, 2018

CONTACT: Ethan Greene

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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.

Position Summary:

Forecasters in the Silverton office work independently, with other CAIC staff, and with CDOT maintenance personnel to assess and reduce the avalanche hazard to US 550 over Molas, Coal Bank, and Red Mountain Passes between Ridgway and Durango. They also provide avalanche safety training for CDOT maintenance workers and emergency service workers. 



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 five main functions of this position are: 1) Provides avalanche forecasts and consults with CDOT on avalanche conditions along specific sections of state and federal highways; 2) Provides public avalanche forecasts for backcountry recreation; 3) Trains CDOT staff, contractors, and general public in snow, weather and avalanche safety;  4) Collects field data to support the highway and backcountry weather and avalanche forecasting programs; and 5) Installs and maintains remote weather instrumentation.  
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. 

Minimum Requirements 
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 a total of one year of professional avalanche forecasting experience which must have included using web-based software related to avalanche forecasting. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. 

 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. 
Conditions of Employment

  • Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire.
  • Must possess and maintain (or be willing and able to obtain and maintain) a current Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician certification or higher
  • Must possess and maintain (or be willing and able to obtain and maintain) a CPR certification
  • Must be willing and able to respond to critical work tasks from October 1st – May 31st
  • Must be willing and able to perform avalanche and backcountry rescue
  • 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 100 lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 50 lbs of force frequently to move objects
  • 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 tolerate noise and vibration related to 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 from October 1st – May 31st
  • Must be willing and able to use own vehicle for winter travel throughout Colorado when a State fleet vehicle is not available
  • 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, humid and windy conditions
  • Although Personal Protective Equipment is supplied, must possess equipment suitable for backcountry travel in avalanche terrain

Preferred qualifications 

  • Familiarity with atmospheric physics and dynamics
  • Familiarity with snow physics and avalanche dynamics
  • Experience with automated environmental measuring equipment
  • Experience in technical writing
  • Experience in education of people of all ages
  • Experience with MS Windows and/or LINUX computer systems
  • Experience with desktop and mobile GIS systems

Northwest Avalanche Center

POSITION: Education & Outreach Manager

DATE POSTED:  2018-05-08

CLOSING:  2018-05-31

CONTACT: Scott Schell -; 206.909.0203



The Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC) is a collaborative effort between the US Forest Service Northwest Avalanche Center and the non-profit Northwest Avalanche Center. The mission of NWAC is to save lives and reduce the impacts of avalanches on recreation, industry, and transportation in the Cascade and Olympic Mountains of Washington and Northern Oregon through mountain weather and avalanche forecasting, data collection and education. This position is funded and managed by 501(c)3 non-profit arm of NWAC. 


The Education and Outreach Manager works with NWAC staff to confront the unique challenges posed by a rapidly growing region, changing backcountry demographics, and abundant access to avalanche terrain. The Education and Outreach Manager (EOM) directs one of the largest avalanche education programs in the nation. The EOM designs, implements, and evaluates around 250 classroom and field-based educational opportunities across Washington and northern Oregon. Programs target a range of audiences, including youth, snowmobilers, snowshoers, backcountry skiers and snowboarders, climbers, and workers; these include 90-minute awareness classes, all day clinics at Vertfest, the annual Northwest Snow and Avalanche Workshop (NSAW), and youth experiences like the Mt. Baker Snow School. The EOM innovates solutions to truly challenging problems of public safety education: how to communicate with a variety of users; how to effectively coordinate a large pool of part-time instructors; and how to assess program impacts on user behavior.


  • In alignment with the NWAC Strategic Plan, assess, innovate, and deliver appropriate programmatic experiences to communities who frequent the backcountry

  • Hire, train, and assess educators for a wide variety of avalanche education programs

  • Manage and direct the education team, including the Education Coordinator, Snowmobile Education Coordinator, Trailhead Outreach Coordinator, and the NWAC Ambassadors

  • Establish and nurture community partnerships in order to extend and target our reach

  • Develop tools and gather user data to assess the impact of NWAC’s education and outreach programs

  • Provide monthly reports on the progress of our educational programs

  • Work with the ED to accurately forecast and report educational expenses and provide monthly reports on performance to budget

  • Curate content for NSAW, the Going Deep series, Vertfest, the NWAC blog, and our social media channels


  • Collaborate with all stakeholders—from local to national—to evolve and promote avalanche education programs

  • Work with ED on grants targeting education

  • Develop and curate educational content for the NWAC.US website

  • Attend NWAC education and fundraising events

  • Innovate and distribute educational materials to NWAC educators and partner organizations


  • Three or more years of experience with experiential education, curriculum development, educational program administration, or equivalent work

  • Experience managing and directing staff

  • Exceptional organizational skills

  • Clear and articulate written and verbal communication

  • Experience with winter backcountry travel, including, at a minimum, a Level 1 avalanche course

  • Very strong ability to learn new platforms and software

  • Demonstrated ability to manage a budget

  • Project management experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience


  • Experience with Salesforce

  • Experience designing and teaching education programs including eLearning opportunities

  • Experience with program evaluation

  • Advanced avalanche education


  • The job is based at the Northwest Avalanche Center’s office near Green Lake in Seattle, Washington 

  • This is an eight or nine-month position—depending on the candidate—occurring from September to May

  • The Education Manager works a 40-hour week with frequent evening and weekend responsibilities, including travel to off-site meetings, events, and programs—in-season flexibility is expected


  • Hourly compensation from $20 to $24 depending on experience 

  • Health insurance year-round

  • Cell phone reimbursement

  • Free and discounted outdoor clothing and gear through industry partners 


Interested applicants can send resume and cover letter as PDFs to; other formats will NOT be considered. Competitive candidates will submit a focused cover letter that includes your vision of this role. Please write Education and Outreach Manager in the subject line of your email.
Applications will be accepted through May 31st, 2018. The expected start date is early September, 2018.

Friends of the Chugach Avalanche Center

POSITION: Executive Director

DATE POSTED:  2018-05-02

CLOSING:  2018-05-21

CONTACT: Emily Tallman -, (907) 538-3808

Job Summary: 
Friends of the Chugach Avalanche Center (F-CNFAIC) is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to enhancing avalanche awareness in Southcentral Alaska through information, outreach and partnerships. It is organized to support and contribute to the educational and scientific activities provided for the public by the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center (CNFAIC). As the only paid employee of F-CNFAIC, the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for promoting the organization's mission and strategic goals through the implementation of the Primary Duties listed below. The ED reports directly to the Board of Directors and works with the President of the Board to maintain transparent and consistent communication with all Board Members. 
This is highly flexible, part-time position. Work from home!

Primary Duties:
o Manage all member, sponsor, and State of Alaska communications, including annual donation letters, quarterly e-newsletters, and annual reports
o Publicize the activities, programs, events and goals of the organization via social and traditional media outreach
o Design and coordinate the development of informational materials

o Manage, plan and oversee F-CNFAIC annual events and raffle
o Oversee the creation of event posters, programs, sponsor slideshows, tickets
o Coordinate volunteers for events

o Grant research, writing, submissions and impact reports
o Manage and expand current sources of funding, including events and outreach, major donors, sponsorships, grants, and collaboration with supporting foundations

o Ensure compliance with 501(c)3, federal, state and local requirements through the maintenance of official records, documents, tax, insurance, and budget obligations
o Work closely with the Director of Chugach Avalanche Information Center (CNFAIC) to ensure clear and consistent communication between both organizations
o Pursue and promote working relationships and cooperative agreements with the Forest Service, corporate sponsors, and the community at large
o Inform the board on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing its success through email and board reports

o Manage all finances and track budget through QuickBooks Enterprise
o Manage scholarship applications, disbursements and sponsorships
o Order new merchandise annually in collaboration with board
o Prepare and submit annual taxes, biennial reports, and financial reports

Knowledge and Skills:
o Ability to thrive in a self-directed working environment
o Proven leadership experience with strong attention to detail
o Marketing, public relations and fundraising skills
o Strong written and verbal communication
o Excellence in organizational management with the ability to achieve strategic objectives and manage finances
o Professional or personal experience related to avalanche safety or backcountry recreation is preferred
o Previous experience working with nonprofits is preferred

Please send a cover letter and resume to by May 21.  

More info at  

Sawtooth Avalanche Center

POSITION:  Meteorological Technician - Avalanche Specialist

DATE POSTED:  2018-04-30

CLOSING:  Applications accepted May 15-21, 2018

CONTACT:  Scott Savage -,  (406) 580-8142

Sawtooth Avalanche Center Position: Meteorological Technician – Avalanche Specialist/Forecaster

The position’s primary purpose is to promote public and USFS staff safety through the production and dissemination of weather forecasts and avalanche advisories for assigned areas. The incumbent must effectively communicate with diverse user groups with wide-ranging socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. The incumbent will act as a leader in the snow and avalanche community, both locally and regionally.   To apply, visit USAJobs at  and search for Job Announcement # 18-TEMP-R4-MTA-S8DT-AM.  

Position Description

The Sawtooth Avalanche Center (SAC) issues daily avalanche information during the winter months to assist backcountry recreationalists and professionals in making safe, informed decisions. We spend roughly 40% of our time in the field, provide a daily avalanche advisory and mountain weather forecast, maintain a network of remote weather stations, and teach a number of educational programs to the following: backcountry recreationalists (motorized and non-motorized), local emergency service personnel, Forest Service personnel, K-12 and university students, and professional groups.  At times, staff members work long, irregular shifts, including4:00AM start times 2-3 days per week to write and publish advisory products.

Duties for this job include:

  • Producing and disseminating daily avalanche and mountain weather informational products, including avalanche warnings, via web-based platforms.
  • Safely collecting and professionally documenting field data on snow, weather, and avalanche conditions using mountain snowmobiles and backcountry skis.
  • Using and improving SAC computer and IT systems and procedures.
  • Interfacing with government and non-government groups regarding avalanche conditions.
  • Teaching recreational and professional level avalanche and safety classes.
  • Completing and/or managing assigned projects (weather station installation and maintenance, technology transfer, community outreach, snowmachine and general maintenance, etc).
  • Conducting outreach with motorized users.
  • Producing, editing, and publishing photo and video material for SAC and media dissemination.
  • Employing social media for risk communication and safety messaging.
  • Providing avalanche-related content to newspapers, magazines, journals, and blogs.
  • Conducting interviews with print, radio, television, and digital media sources.
  • Maintaining and fostering relationships with the Friends of the SAC 501(c)3 group and other Forest partners.
  • Evaluating performance of the SAC’s day-to-day operations.
  • Conducting avalanche accident investigations.
  • Developing or acquiring skills and knowledge to improve the operation’s performance.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

POSITION:  Ski Patroller Paramedic

DATE POSTED:  2018-04-11

CLOSING:  2018-06-30

CONTACT:  Charlie Tabano, EMS Service Manager at or (775) 741-0772

The Mt. Rose Professional Ski Patrol is seeking experienced patrol paramedics for the 2018-19 season. The Mt. Rose Patrol is a licensed Nevada State EMS Agency (A-16512). Mt. Rose is a great place to work, and with a base elevation of 8260' great snow conditions are the norm. Candidates must be current or eligible as Nevada certified paramedics by 10/1/2018. The openings are for both full time and part time positions. Hourly pay range is D.O.E. Those interested will be interviewed either in person or by phone during the week of April 23 or by appointment after 4/30/18.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort

POSITION:  Ski Patrol 2018/19 Season

DATE POSTED:  2018-03-21

CLOSING:  Fall 2018

CONTACT:  CBSP Dispatch - (970) 349-2245

The Crested Butte Ski Patrol will be hosting a hiring clinic / ski evaluation for anyone interested in a Ski Patrol job for the 2018/2019 ski season. The evaluation will focus on the ability to proficiently ski expert terrain in all conditions. At the time of hire next fall, all applicants must be 21 years of age, possess an EMT certification and be eligible for an explosives permit. Priority will be given to those with AIARE
Level 1 Certification and previous related experience. Skiing evaluations will be conducted from March 20th through April 7th. Please contact CBSP Dispatch at (970) 349-2245 for more information.

Snowbird Ski Resort

POSITION:  Ski Patrol Winter Trail 2018/19 Season

DATE POSTED:  2018-03-21


CONTACT:  Sarah B, Recruiting Manager -

To be considered for this position please apply on the Snowbird website,
Under the direction of Ski Patrol Director entry level training position for the ski patrol. Designed for people who are interested in pursuing employment as a Snowbird ski patroller but have no/ little prior ski patrol experience and/or no/little site specific experience at Snowbird.

Position Functions/Areas of Responsibility

  • Monitor general safety of slopes on a daily basis. Erect signs and barricades to be consistent with Snowbird’s hazard marking policy. Taking the initiative to search out and correct hazards.
  • Repair and maintain in operational readiness  all  caches of equipment, signs, fences, toboggans, ropes, rescue equipment, buildings, snowmobiles, etc.
  • Observation and enforcement of mountain policies in the areas of fast/ reckless skiing/ boarding and violation of closed areas and closed avalanche danger areas.
  • Customer Service – present an image of courtesy, efficiency and competence. Provide friendly assistance and advice to guests. Handle situations involving emergencies, violations or crowd control in a calm and professional manner.
  • Responsible for learning all the material in the Snowbird Ski Patrol Handbook. This reference should give a basic overview of the program and expectations. Every attempt is made to train personnel and to rotate assignments in such a way that over time each trail crew member becomes competent to handle any problem that could arise.


  • Must have the ability to interact at any time with guests and other employees in a pleasant manner and maintain good working relationships with others and all departments at Snowbird.

Education & Experience Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required.

Specific Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be able to ski and have the ability to pass a knee physical.
  • Must have current CPR certification.
  • OEC Certification required.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Uses two-way radios, small hand tools, electric and gas powered tools, rescue equipment (i.e. snowmobiles, ropes, transceivers, toboggans, chairlift evacuation equipment, etc.), and medical equipment (i.e.
  • splints, backboards, heart monitors, etc.) as training allows, snowmobiles. Uses explosives in avalanche control.
  • Communicating with supervisory staff and mountain dispatch regarding assignment and completion of daily assigned tasks.

Work Schedule

  • Regularly scheduled work shifts, requires being on-call and working weekends, holidays, and some evenings.

Working Conditions

  • Must be prepared to stay overnight if necessary on occasional times of road closures.
  • May experience unusual stress from continual work with public, winter conditions, snow night requirements and commuting to/from Snowbird.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Must demonstrate ability to bend, kneel, handle, reach, grasp and perform repetitive motions.
  • Work is outdoors and requires constant exposure to cold and other extreme weather conditions.
  • Work is subject to frequent interruptions making continuity and accuracy difficult, frequent exposure to noise.

All job opportunities at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort require the ability to comply with our Professional Appearance, Drug & Alcohol, and Employee Conduct Policies.
This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.

Solitude Mountain

POSITION:  Full-time Ski Patrol - 2018/19 season

DATE POSTED:  2018-04-30


CONTACT:  Jeremy Brodney, Ski Patrol Manager -, (801) 536-5724


Solitude Mountain Resort is currently interviewing for full time ski patrol positions for the 2018-2019 season.  Solitude is located in the heart of the Wasatch Range in Utah and receives an average of 500" of snow annually.  Ski Patrol is responsible for providing emergency care, transport, and rescue of injured guests as well as participating in avalanche mitigation work.


  • Current EMT or OEC preferred; WFR accepted for the first season
  • Current CPR certification
  • Expert skiing skills and equipment
  • Ability to obtain an ATF explosives handlers permit

Recommended Skills:

  • Avalanche Training
  • Mountaineering and technical rope skills

Copper Mountain Resort

POSITION:  Volunteer Ski Patrol 2018/19 Season

DATE POSTED:  2018-04-30


CONTACT:  Regina Case. – 970-968-2318 ex. 10144

To be considered for this position, please submit an online application @

Volunteer Summary:

To provide for and ensure a reasonably safe skiing environment for our guests and fellow employees. To provide medical assistance and evacuation, skier safety, search and rescue support, trail efforts, lift evacuation, duty station responsibilities, equipment maintenance, and other assigned duties. Each task requires a high level of decision making. Basic computer skills, EMT-B, American Heart Association CPR and strong alpine skiing skills are minimum requirements.

  • Mountaineering skills preferred with and technical rope experience.
  • Industry experience, i.e. ski instructor, lift operator, trail crew also preferred, but not necessary

Basic Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift and carry toboggans weighing as much as 70 lbs.
  • Other tasks include skiing in difficult conditions, volunteering in cold and often inclement conditions, high elevations, carrying and transporting unwieldy materials such as tower pads, medical equipment, etc. No current physical limitations.
  • Ability to volunteer in high altitude adverse cold weather environmental conditions.
  • Must be able to hear and speak clearly in order to hear beacon signals and skiers requesting assistance, and for communication to occur using radios and telephones.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.

Preferred Experience & Skills:

  • Previous patrolling experience, previously employed by Copper Mountain, mountaineering such as Outward Bound, or experience within the medical field.
  • Basic computers skills, ACLS certification, EMT-P, technical rope experience.
  • EMT-B, American Heart Association CPR, and strong alpine skiing background are minimum requirements, Mountaineering background.
  • Industry experience, i.e. ski instructor, lift op, trail crew.

Copper Mountain Resort is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Females/Minority/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.  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.

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