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Beartooth Powder Guides

POSITION: Ski Guide for Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche education company

TYPE:  Seasonal Full Time, December 1 - Mid April

LOCATION: Cooke City, MT

DATE POSTED:  August 13, 2018. 

CLOSING: September 10, 2018

CONTACT: Ben Zavora at

Job Description:

Ski Touring guide and Avalanche educator for human powered backcountry skiing and hut company. Guide clients for Powder Skiing and Ski Mountaineering in avalanche terrain, instruct recreational avalanche classes, including Level 1, Level 2 courses, and Backcountry Skills Courses. The qualified candidate for the position would also assist with our snow safety program for Beartooth Powder Guides.   

Experience and Training required:

  • Must have previous professional ski guiding experience.
  • Completed AMGA Aspirant Exam.
  • Completed Level 3/Pro 2 Avalanche Course and instructed Level 1 avalanche classes.

Irwin Guides

POSITION: Winter Guide Internship

TYPE:  Full Time

LOCATION: Crested Butte, CO

DATE POSTED:  August 13, 2018. 

CLOSING: September 1, 2018

CONTACT: Billy Rankin,, 970-275-2745

Position Description:

Irwin Guides based out of Crested Butte, CO is seeking a guide intern for the 2018-2019 winter season.  Applicants will need to be available from mid-November to mid-April.  Interns will assist in all aspects of winter operations with the primary focus on snowcat skiing, backcountry ski touring, and avalanche courses with secondary focus on ice climbing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and fat biking.  Responsibilities will include ski guiding, avalanche mitigation work, documenting weather, snowpack, and avalanche observations to a professional standard.  Applicants should be very personable, mature, and will be expected to be guest facing with solid hospitality skills.  Applicants should be expert skiers with backcountry skiing experience, preferably in a continental snow pack.   Rec Level-2 or Pro 1 avalanche certification and Wilderness First Responder (or OEC/EMT) are both required. Two years of professional decision-making experience in avalanche terrain preferred.  Mechanized or Backcountry ski guiding, ski patrol, explosives experience, snowmobiling, and/or completion of an AMGA ski guides course is also preferred.  Applicants should expect some office and administrative duties and other non-guiding related responsibilities.  Lodging or Lodging package may be provided as part of the compensation package.  Expect longs days, big rewards, and an incredible opportunity with a handful of menial tasks. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and references to: &

 For more information or questions please contact:

Billy Rankin, Guide Operations and Risk Manager

brankin@irwinguides or 970.275.2745.


Wyoming Department of Transportation

POSITION: Highway Maintenance Specialist-Avalanche Technician- Jakson

TYPE:  Full Time


DATE POSTED:  August 8, 2018. 

CLOSING: Until filled.

CONTACT: John Fitzgerald,, 307-732-9623




The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is an agency committed to providing a safe, high quality, and efficient transportation system for the State of Wyoming. We are currently seeking a full-time Highway Maintenance Specialist II for the Maintenance Program located in Jackson, Wyoming. To see what life at WYDOT can mean for you, we invite you to view below:

This position is responsible for using meteorological and snow pack data to forecast the weather and degree of avalanche hazard reducing the danger of avalanches affecting Teton Pass, Snake River Canyon, Hoback River Canyon and the Town of Jackson, in order to provide a safe, high quality, efficient transportation system.

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 gates, and avalanche control devices like the Gazex, O'bellx, Avalanche Guard, 105mm howitzer, and Infrasonic detection systems.
  • Make daily weather, snow pack and avalanche observations.
  • Evaluate current weather and snow pack observations to produce an avalanche hazard forecast for highways in the Jackson area.
  • Determine the optimal timing and conduct avalanche control missions using infrastructure listed above.
  • Gather and document weather, snow pack, and avalanche events for historical and forecasting purposes according to industry standards.
  • High level of fitness and excellent winter backcountry travel skills.
  • Teach avalanche safety and rescue to maintenance personnel
  • 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.




Preference may be given to applicants with Avalanche Control and Operational Avalanche Forecasting experience. Preference may also be given to those with National Avalanche School, Level III, and CAA Level II Professional Avalanche courses and several years of ski patrolling.  


  • Knowledge of purchasing procedures.
  • Knowledge of long range planning.
  • Knowledge of as-constructed plans.
  • Knowledge of monetary limitations and proper procedures to initiate payments.
  • Knowledge of handling, storage and safe use of high explosives.



Bachelor's Degree (typically in Engineering)





0-1 year of progressive work experience (typically in Highway Maintenance/Highway Construction) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Highway Maintenance Specialist I




Education & Experience Substitution:

3-4 years of progressive work experience (typically in Highway Maintenance/Highway Construction) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Highway Maintenance Specialist I



Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Must have the ability to obtain a Class A Commercial Drivers License

Necessary Special Requirements


  • Individuals in this classification must be available for emergency work calls anytime, including nights, weekends and holidays.  Acceptance of an appointment to this classification signifies that the individual is aware of this requirement and will comply with it.  Failure to be available for emergency work, without an acceptable excuse, will be grounds for immediate disciplinary action and possible dismissal.
  • Must have the ability to sit/stand and operate equipment for long periods of time.
  • Working with explosives and hazardous work in winter storms, natural avalanches are common conditions for this work.


  • FLSA: Non-Exempt
  • All new hires or rehires starting in a non-exempt position on or after January 1, 2018 are required to be paid hourly.
  • Individuals in this classification will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing
  • May be eligible for State Housing Allowance
  • E-Verify: WYDOT uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

Supplemental Information

045-Department of Transportation - Chief Engineer - District Maintenance - HR Contact 307-352-3048

To learn more about the Wyoming Department of Transportation, please visit us at:   

Click here to view the State of Wyoming Classification and Pay Structure.


The State of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities.

Class Specifications are subject to change, please refer to the A & I HRD Website to ensure that you have the most recent version.



State of Wyoming


Dept. of Admin. & Information-Human Resource Div.
2001 Capitol Ave. Emerson Bldg. Rm 127
Cheyenne, Wyoming, 82002




State of Alaska, Department of Transportation, Maintenance and Operations

POSITION: Avalanche Specialist – Equipment Operator, Journey I/II Flex (PCN 25-2494)

TYPE:  Full Time


DATE POSTED:  August 8, 2018. 

CLOSING: Until filled.

CONTACT: Scott Gray, Southeast District M&O Superintendent, (907)465-4512,



The State of Alaska, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF), Southcoast Region is looking for a fulltime, year-round Equipment Operator, Journey I/II capable of acting as Avalanche Specialist for the Maintenance & Operations Station in Juneau, Alaska.

The DOT&PF Juneau maintenance crew consists of 11 equipment operators, and associated heavy equipment, which maintain State roadways in both summer and winter. During winter months, from approximately November 1st through April 15th, avalanche hazards occur on Thane Road, which is a life and safety hazard for Juneau residents and which can cut residents living in the area off from the rest of the community.

Job Description

 This position performs highway maintenance in Juneau, Alaska and is responsible for maintaining State highways, seaplane floats, bridges, and docks in a safe and fully operable condition for use by the traveling public. In addition, this position acts as the station’s avalanche specialist during the winter season. During winter months, this position provides avalanche hazard assessments and performs avalanche control operations.

General duties involve operating heavy and light duty equipment and vehicles in performing highway maintenance, including: plow trucks with sander, plow, and belly blade; loaders; road graders; snow blowers, and other equipment.  Maintenance duties include drainage maintenance, ditch cleaning, street sweeping, vegetation control, guard rail repair, sign repair, snow and ice control, snow removal, and other maintenance work. Other duties may include flagging, general vehicle maintenance, and manual labor.

The primary purpose of this position is to provide an experienced avalanche specialist to perform avalanche mitigation using a 105 howitzer and avalanche forecasting for the Thane Road. The avalanche specialist must be a qualified by the Avalanche Artillery Users of North America (AAUNAC) as a gunner and must be proficient in avalanche forecasting, as well as, physically able to access snow fields and dig test pits.  See Avalanche Specific Duties below for more details.

Avalanche Specific Duties

·       Assess avalanche hazards on a daily basis and produce a forecast for Juneau DOT&PF operations. Recommend course of action appropriate for level of hazard.

·       Take daily weather observations and continuously monitor weather for effects on snow stability.

·       Observe, record, and analyze activity on the Thane Road corridor (approx. mile post 1 to 3).

·       Periodically dig snow pits, perform snow stability tests in representative avalanche starting zones and track snowpack metamorphism.

·       Establish and maintain a database of weather and snow observations.

·       Work with the DOT Juneau foreman and crew to coordinate avalanche cleanup activities and subsequent road opening for the safety of the crew and public.

Minimum Qualifications

·       Must be qualified by the Avalanche Artillery Users of North America (AAUNAC) as a gunner.

·       Must have experience working during winter seasons in avalanche related operations for an active snow safety program. 

·       Must have a valid Driver’s License and be able to obtain AK Driver’s License within 30 days of hire.

Desired Strengths and Qualifications

·       Willingness and ability to perform summer and winter airport and highway maintenance including: snow and ice control, blading, pavement repair, pavement painting and striping, traffic control, sweeping, sign and fence installation and repair, equipment maintenance and other maintenance duties as assigned.

·       Ability to operate heavy equipment associated with directed tasks, which include light duty vehicles, dump/plow trucks, sweepers/blowers, distributor trucks, graders and loaders.

·       Ability to provide daily avalanche hazard ratings and avalanche control recommendations, analyze weather patterns, implement and advise avalanche control using military artillery and avalanche explosives, and perform duties of howitzer gunner during avalanche control operations.

·       Enter information on log and inspection sheets, as well as various required reporting forms.

·       Ability to establish and maintain a good rapport with supervisor, crew, agency officials, project personnel and the general public.

Please note: This is a flex position; applicants hired without a Class A CDL will have 6 months to obtain a Class A CDL and will be in the wage grade 54  up to one year, after which they will promote to the wage grade 53.  Applicants hired with a Class A CDL can be hired directly into wage grade 53.


Monarch Ski Patrol

POSITION: Ski Patrol

TYPE:  Seasonal Full Time

LOCATION: Monarch Mountain: , Salida, CO

DATE POSTED:  August 8, 2018. 

CLOSING: October 12, 2018

CONTACT: Zach Moore:


Monarch Ski Patrol is accepting applications for the 2018/2019 Ski Season for full-time ski patrol positions. Located in Central Colorado in the Sawatch Range, Monarch averages 350 inches of all natural snow per year. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are interested in assisting our guests, risk management, and avalanche mitigation. Applicants must have previous outdoor leadership experience, with experience in ski patrolling, backcountry touring, and mountaineering preferred.


  • Current EMT, OEC or WFR certification
  • Current CPR certification
  • Expert skiing skills
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Minimum age: 21 years old.

Recommended Skills:

  • Avalanche Training: Avi Rescue, Avi 1 or higher
  • Mountaineering and technical rope skills

Applicants should submit a resume and application to

Applications can be found at:


Whisper Ridge Backcountry Resort


TYPE:  Seasonal


DATE POSTED:  July 30, 2018. 

CLOSING: None Given.

CONTACT: Wes Light at

Located in Northern Utah, Whisper Ridge Backcountry resort is hiring both cat skiing guides and heli skiing guides for the 2018-2019 season and beyond. This is a seasonal position running from December 4th, 2018 through April 2nd, 2019.

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

Pro 1 or Level II avalanche cert from a reputable provider

Current Wilderness First Responder certification (or OEC, EMT)

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

Whisper Ridge Backcountry Resort

POSITION: Avalanche Forecaster

TYPE:  Seasonal


DATE POSTED:  July 30, 2018. 

CLOSING: None Given.

CONTACT: Wes Light at

Job Duties

- Collect field obs daily and apply findings to Cat skiing and Heli Skiing operational considerations. 

- Run morning and evening hazard evaluation meetings discussing the avalanche hazard, mitigation and terrain selection options for daily operations.

  1. AM Guide Meeting

    1. Weather

    2. Stability evaluations

    3. Hazard assessment

    4. Terrain Selection

    5. Guiding assignments

    6. Review risk management issues

    7. Information to gather

  2. PM Guide Meeting

    1. Debrief / recap

    2. Critical changes throughout the day

    3. Stability evaluations

    4. Hazards assessment

    5. Overnight Trends

    6. Guest/Group Concerns

    7. Error corrections


- Set-up, maintain and collect data from the snow study plot. 

- Operational stability and hazard forms, observations and field tests will be recorded and filed daily.

- Coordinate and communicate closely with the mountain operations manager and the lead guides.


Avalanche Pro 2 or Level III

Operational understanding of a mechanized skiing operation.

At least 2 seasons operational forecasting experience

Wilderness first responder or OEC

Please contact Wes Light at with your resume and professional references.

White Mountain National Forest

POSITION: Snow Ranger/Avalanche Specialist

TYPE:  Permanent Seasonal


DATE POSTED:  July 30, 2018. Application period begins ~ late August, 2018.

CLOSING: None Given.

CONTACT: Frank Carus, Director, Mount Washington Avalanche Center, at

The White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) will soon be advertising to fill one PERMANENT 13/13 Forestry Technician (Snow Ranger/Avalanche Specialist) on the Androscoggin Ranger District in Gorham, New Hampshire. The application period is expected to open at the end of August, 2018. The person selected will be expected to work from November 1 through May 31 each year (13 two-week pay periods), and will be placed in non-pay status the rest of the year (13 pay periods), though other funds may allow for other work opportunities. Permanent status ensures work on an annual basis.  The position will be advertised as a GS-462-06/07 career ladder and could initially be filled at either grade.  The purpose of this outreach is to notify potential candidates about this upcoming position. For more information about the position, please read this announcement and direct questions to Frank Carus, Director, Mount Washington Avalanche Center, at

 Vacancy Announcement: The vacancy announcement for this position will be posted on the U.S. Government's official website for employment opportunities, You must apply to the vacancy announcement on USAJobs to be considered for this position. The position is expected to open for application in late August, 2018.


This position works as part of a small, motivated team that issues daily avalanche advisories, performs Search and Rescue (SAR) missions for the Forest Service as Lead Agency in command, and provides information to the public through direct public contact and avalanche education programs of varying media. Producing an accurate and timely avalanche and mountain hazards advisory for the public is the priority each work day. The position will determine present avalanche hazard and forecast future hazards based on field observations and snow stability analysis. Analysis will utilize field observations paired with knowledge of snow metamorphism, snow physics, and mechanics of slab fracture and failure.  In addition, knowledge of mountain weather forecasting tools such as weather maps, satellite imagery, and real time weather data is necessary to produce an accurate forecast.  The candidate must have the ability to quickly synthesize data and disseminate this information in writing via website and social media posts and verbally through direct contact with the public and with video messaging tools.  Excellent writing skills are expected along with the ability to engage the public in person at presentations and through social media.   

The Forest Service has unique authority as the lead agency in charge of SAR operations in the Cutler River Drainage (essentially Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines) on Mount Washington from December 1st to June 1st of each year.  The position may act as a first responder, searcher, team leader, technical team leader and/or possibly incident commander on smaller incidents.  Numerous Forest Service volunteer SAR teams respond to assist with missions that are managed by the Snow Rangers.  Strong leadership is required to effectively oversee safe operations of all teams under hazardous and potentially stressful circumstances.  Incidents typically include ice climbing or mountaineering falls, avalanche burials, searches for lost or overdue visitors, and skier injuries.  The spring ski season may bring 2500 people or more to Tuckerman Ravine on a sunny Saturday in April.  The position is required to provide BLS pre-hospital medical care, consequently SAR experience and current WFR, OEC or EMT certification is highly desired.

The dedication required for this position requires a unique enthusiasm for harsh winter weather and the ability to work well in a difficult environment.  The summit records many days through each winter with winds in excess of 100mph and temperatures below -25F.  Due to these weather conditions the position requires excellent physical fitness in addition to field experience in arctic conditions to maintain a margin of safety. Extreme weather conditions are encountered during searches in severe conditions as well as more routinely during the collection of the field data required for accurate avalanche forecasts.  

The ideal candidate should have the ability to teach avalanche safety, stability analysis and snow mechanics to a wide variety of audiences from school children to seasoned recreationalists.  Venues include slide shows, field snow pits, public workshops and other formal settings. The position must stay abreast of avalanche education practices and changes in avalanche technology and snow science.  The candidate must display good public speaking and teaching skills. Technical skills in website design and maintenance, effective use of social media, Google analytics, and database design are also a plus.

Due to the complexity and steepness of the terrain and variable snowpack, climbing in crampons is required as often as ski mountaineering to safely access the terrain and perform various job functions. Sound mountaineering and ice climbing skills are needed to access all potential areas to assess snow stability as well as to rescue injured climbers. Candidates may be required to lead climb frozen waterfalls to render medical and technical assistance to individuals. Solid mountaineering skills are needed on a regular basis to carry out a variety of Snow Ranger tasks across the mountain. Snow Rangers also operate and maintain snowmobiles and a diesel Pisten Bully snow tractor. Experience with this equipment is very beneficial.

This is a field-going position focused on field contacts during a five-day work week that requires work on weekends and holidays. Being available to provide information and advice about current hazards, avalanche conditions, route selection, mountain weather and being close to the interface between visitors and the mountain is critical.  Current Snow Rangers make up a team of open, forward-thinking, and creative problem solvers that attempt to continually improve their knowledge through sharing and collaborating with one another.  The team is focused on getting the job done with an emphasis on safety. The Snow Rangers care about the visitors they are there to help and provide unique services with a mission to promote safe recreation.

Open the following links to review a detailed history of the Avalanche Center and the recreational and social use on the mountain.  It also discusses the unique avalanche forecasting factors associated with Mount Washington which has traditionally focused on information for spring skiers in Tuckerman Ravine, ice climbers and mountaineers in Huntington Ravine, and summit bound, winter hikers on steep 3rd class and above tree-line trails. The future likely holds expanded forecasting in the northern Presidential Range with a subsequent departure from micro-scale forecasting.

Mount Washington Avalanche Center website

The unique avalanche forecasting situation of Mount Washington


The Androscoggin Ranger District is located in Coos County, New Hampshire and Oxford County, Maine.  The primary office is in Gorham, New Hampshire and was built in 1996.  The WMNF is visited by approximately 7 million people each year, and is considered one of the northeast’s most unique landscapes.  Our visitors and local communities have a long history of caring for the forest in the White Mountains. This active community was the driving force behind the 1911 Weeks Act, under which the WMNF was purchased. Strong interest in the management of these lands continues today and is demonstrated through the substantial number of partnerships and cooperative agreements that exist on the Forest. 

The Presidential Range of the White Mountains offers a stunning alpine backdrop to the quiet villages in the river valleys of northern New Hampshire and western Maine.  Outdoor sports opportunities are endless while our scenery is unsurpassed.  The phrase "If you don't like the weather, wait a minute, it'll change," was created in New England.  Northern New Hampshire and western Maine have a history of bizarre and unpredictable weather patterns.  The summit of Mount Washington is the official home of "The World's Worst Weather", winds up to 231mph have been documented.   In general, there are four distinct seasons with cold winters, wet and muddy springs, relatively cool summers and glorious falls.  Tuckerman Ravine is well known for steep, corn skiing in the spring and Huntington Ravine is well known for ice climbing.  Access to both areas requires fairly arduous hikes of over 3 miles from the nearest year round road and our Snow Ranger program provides avalanche forecasting for these two destinations. 

Recreation activities, facilities, and programs on the District include: five fee campgrounds (four of which are managed by concession); three Wilderness areas; numerous day use areas; extensive dispersed backcountry and Wilderness camping; over 440 miles of four-season trails (including a substantial portion of the Appalachian Trail) that receive various uses including hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoing, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking; rock and ice climbing; several swimming areas; backcountry cabins; a network of backcountry shelters and tent sites; and several National Register historic sites.


Gorham has a population of about 2,600 and the nearby city of Berlin has a population of about 10,000.  The economy of the area is split between recreation and forest products.  Both communities recognize the value of a “working forest” to provide a variety of needs for the public.  Both Gorham and Berlin have public schools through high school.  Nearby Bethel, Maine, hosts a private high school.  Berlin also hosts the White Mountain Community College, one of seven community colleges integrated with the state university system.  Hospital facilities are located in Berlin while Gorham hosts a medical clinic.  There are several banks and credit unions in the area. Churches for just about every Christian denomination are present but places of worship for other faiths are absent.  There is diversity among the predominantly Caucasian population with French being a common language, especially in Berlin.  Additional community options include Jackson, Bartlett and North Conway to the south.

New Hampshire is the "Live Free or Die" State, but it isn't completely free.  There are no State income or sales taxes.  To make up for that, property taxes can be high.  Each community is different, so checking out property tax rates can be a deciding factor when buying a home.  Houses in the area rent for about $600-$1200 per month and sell for $75,000 to $200,000+.  There are numerous homes for sale in the area and with patience, excellent buys can be found.  Home prices and rentals are generally higher in the communities to the south such as Jackson and North Conway with bargains to be had in the previously economically depressed Berlin area.

The White Mountain Region is a four-season recreation destination.  Recreational opportunities are numerous, including summer activities of camping, hiking, climbing, biking, fishing - both lakes and rivers, boating, swimming, surfing - the Atlantic Ocean is a short drive (about 2 hours), wildlife watching, tax-free shopping, picnicking, the arts and other forms of entertainment too numerous to mention.  During the winter months hunting, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, winter mountaineering, ice climbing and other winter sports are popular.  There are many ski resorts within easy driving distance of Gorham including Wildcat, Attitash-Bear Peak, Bretton Woods, Sunday River, and Cannon.  Backcountry skiing can be found above treeline and in the slide paths across the Presidential Range and beyond.  Several world class Nordic centers serve cross-country skiers including:  Jackson Ski Touring, Great Glen Trails, Bretton Woods, Bear Notch, and Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring.


Hokkaido Backcountry Club


TYPE: Full Time

LOCATION: Niseko, Japan

DATE POSTED:  July 30, 2018

CLOSING: August 17, 2018

CONTACT: Attn: Chris Eckel / 

Description: Hokkaido Backcountry Club, based out of Niseko, Japan is looking for a qualified Lead Guide for our Helicopter, Snowcat, and lift-assisted backcountry ski guiding operations throughout Northern Japan. HBC is now fully integrated with its sister company, Black Diamond Tours, and we are dedicated to offering the highest level of guiding and backcountry skiing in Japan. Competitive wages, fantastic snow and an incredible cultural experience guaranteed - no really, we'll refund all the money you pay us to work here!  Join a team that has staff from all over the world, and works hard to bring fun, safe, backcountry skiing to a growing Japanese industry.

Positions are limited and the visa process is time consuming so please apply early. The deadline for round 1 applicants is Aug 17th.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Japanese language ability and previous experience in Hokkaido preferred.

Minimum Requirements:

AAA Pro 1 - All guides participate in morning avalanche forecasts, and contribute to daily snow obs.

36 Months Full time on snow experience within the ski industry, Patrol, Guiding, and Instructing preferred.

Prior Mechanized Ski Guiding Experience.

80hr First Aid Certificate or better (WFR, OEC, EMT)

Valid Drivers License and ability to obtain an international drivers license.


Explosives Control Route Leader.

Extensive Ski Touring Experience.

Avalanche Forecasting Experience (at least at an operations level).

Japanese Language Skills.

How to Apply / Contact

Please send us your resume and a cover letter to which includes certifications and all experiences related to the industry. Be sure to note what time zone you are in and best ways to contact you.

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts

POSITION: Snow Safety Officer

TYPE: Full Time

LOCATION: Turoa or Whakapapa Ski Are

DATE POSTED:  July 25, 2018

CLOSING: None given

CONTACT: Katie Undasova,


Position Purpose

To assist with the co-ordination of the Snow Safety and Avalanche Control Programme to ensure a high standard of safety is maintained for all customers and staff, as per the criteria and guidelines set out in the Safety Services Manual and all other Safety Services related documents.



• Ensure a high standard of safety is maintained for all customers and staff in accordance with the Safety Services manual and other Safety Services related documents.

• Demonstrate a high degree of safety awareness and relate to its importance.

• Demonstrate an understanding of the Safety Services department and its operation.

• Ensure the day to day stability evaluation and hazard forecasts are completed and recorded within the prescribed timeframes.

• Maintain neat and accurate Snow Safety documentation

• Ensure the application of appropriate avalanche control measures are undertaken when considered necessary – coordinate all avalanche risk mitigation activities in the ski area.

• Develop, implement and maintain effective and comprehensive training for avalanche related activities to Safety Services staff, general ski area staff and outside agencies.

• Demonstrate a high level of skiing or snowboarding ability, including the ability to handle all terrain and conditions, including during the transportation of patients.

• Ensure all tasks undertaken are within the boundaries of what the employee is trained and experienced to perform.

• Undertake other patrol duties when required.

• Undertake posting of snowpack, avalanche and weather information for public as prescribed in the Snow Safety Plan.

• Co-ordinate avalanche training for other relevant departments.

• Ensure all work areas are clean, tidy, maintained and ready for service and all tasks are completed with the appropriate products and equipment.

• Provide up-to-date and accurate information to the public on products and prices, Mount Ruapehu Ski Areas and the local area as required.

• Ensure all safety and operational checks have been completed, thoroughly and within set timeframes and that quality standards are maintained at a high level.

• Perform all duties in a safe and efficient manner.

• Deal with complaints, compliments and suggestions in helpful and empathetic manner.

• Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings and any scheduled full departmental or company staff meetings.

• Carry out projects as requested by the Safety Services Manager and perform any other duties required to enhance the performance of the company and assist in achieving company goals.

• Actively foster a service-focused culture within the company.

Health & Safety

• Ensure all protective clothing and/or equipment supplied by RAL is worn/ used by the employee in the appropriate manner

• Assist in carrying out annual review of the Hazard ID Register for the Safety Services department and ensure new hazards are identified and actioned as required.

• Assist the Safety @ Work Committee in investigating workplace accidents within the Safety Services department.

• Maintain a neat, tidy and professional appearance at all times, in compliance with the RAL Uniform and Appearance Policy.


• Ensure effective communications with Safety Services team are in place i.e. radio, phone.

• Build effective working relationships with a wide range of people through the use of clear and concise speech and effective listening skills.

• Respond in a positive and proactive manner to feedback from Supervisors and/or Manager.

• Maintain an approachable and co-operative persona with co-workers and customers, both internal and external.

Other Duties

• Carry out projects as requested by the Safety Services Manager and perform any other duties required to enhance the performance of the company and assist in achieving company goals.


Skills, Knowledge & Experience

Pre-Hospital Emergency Care (AUT or equivalent)

Avalanche Safety Management NZ Level 2 (CAA Level 2 or AIARE Level 3 equivalent)

Current Explosives Test Certificate for:

    • o Approved Handler: Class 1 Substances (Explosives for snow blasting)
    • • Demonstrated experience and ability for sound decision making in high pressure snow safety role.
    • • At least 3 seasons of field experience since Avalanche Level 2 in either the New Zealand or North American ski industry making daily weather, snow and avalanche based decisions for groups. (Usually 5-7 seasons of experience are required to fulfil these position requirements).
    • • Intermediate computer skills, including Excel, Word, Internet databases. 
    • • English language and an ability to convey complicated topics to the unskilled public as well as skilled colleagues. A high level of verbal and written communication skills.
    • • Teaching experience and a proven ability to construct and complete training on snow safety topics to staff and public groups. 
    • • Ability to manage a moderate financial budget as per Safety Services Manager’s direction.
    • • Project management skills and experience.
    • • International professional currency maintained through conferences, international contacts and teaching snow safety topics. 
    • • Thorough knowledge of customer service principles.

Personal Qualities

    1. • Commitment to a strong customer service ethic.
    2. • Maintain a professional appearance.
    3. • Must be able to manage workloads and be familiar with personal limits to ensure sound decision making – and be able to recognise when this threshold is being reached.
    4. • Experience in an alpine environment including the ability to manage oneself and others.
    5. • Continue to strive to ensure that personal skills and currency are maintained at international industry standards.
    6. • Actively plan, train and operate in ways that encourage and provide pathways for skilled snow safety technicians to develop towards succeeding this position. 
    7. • Ability to make decisions about the safety of the entire ski area (1000s of people) and the facilities 24/7 through the months of May to November.
    8. • Physically fit with appropriate stamina levels to work long hours in all weather conditions.
    9. • Organised, punctual and reliable.
    10. • High energy levels, with drive and motivation to succeed.
    11. • A quick response to requests, ideas and suggestions in a non-defensive way.
    12. • Ability to effectively delegate responsibility with clear guidelines and directions.
    13. • Flexible approach to work schedules, customer needs and the strategic direction of the organisation.
    14. • Tactfulness and helpfulness in dealing with others.
    15. • Effective negotiation skills.
    16. • Builds effective working relationships with a wide range of people.

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: Meteorological Technician/Avalanche, GS-1341-8, Temporary Seasonal.

DUTY STATION: Few vacancies in the following locations: Bellingham, WA, Seattle, WA, Wenatchee, WA.

DATE POSTED:  August 1, 2018.

CLOSING:  August 7, 2018.

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

For position details please visit

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: Until filled.

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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