marmot basin Jasper AB Avalanche Technician Area Leader

marmot basin
1 Marmot Rd, Jasper, AB
Seasonal, Full-time
marmot basin
1 Marmot Rd, Jasper, AB

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1 Marmot Rd, Jasper, AB

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Reports To: Director of Public Safety
Position Overview:
Area Leaders are senior Avalanche Technicians. They work as part of the Safety Operations team in an avalanche forecasting role. Under the direction of the Director of Public Safety, Area Leaders help to build daily avalanche hazard forecasts, develop hazards mitigation plans, implement and direct other staff in the implementation of the plans and record the results. Area Leaders are senior team members thus are responsible for mentoring other staff in all safety operations topics.

This is a full-time seasonal role working within the Safety Operations Department.

This position has a compressed schedule/two-week rotating cycle: Ten and a half (10.5) hours per day (operating season) and eight (8) or ten (10) hours per day (non-operating season) depending on operational needs.

The incumbent should expect to be working outside in any, all and sometimes adverse weather conditions.
Alberta Employment Standards regarding probationary periods apply.

Job Duties/Responsibilities

Perform the daily tasks associated with Marmot Basin’s Avalanche Safety Plan using avalanche risk management theory and techniques
Travel in and through avalanche terrain on skis, snowmobiles and snow cats
Lead and/or direct multiple teams through avalanche terrain for active avalanche control and data collection
Identify and address safety concerns pertaining to staff and guests
Use rope and mountaineering travel skills to lead teams through alpine terrain
Collect weather and snowpack information, teach the same to others and analyse the information collected
Use communication, signage, explosives, ski cutting, PPE and other tools to help mitigate avalanche risk for staff and guests
Prepare daily avalanche forecast and nowcasts
Daily communication of avalanche risk and terrain status to staff and guests
Submit to the InfoEx daily (weather, avalanche and snowpack)
Communicate snowpack and weather information to the Director of Public safety (DPS) or their designate
Ensure that the DPS or their designate is informed of on-hill risk that may have the potential to affect life or property if the residual risk exists outside of Marmot Basin’s Operational risk band
Lead or assist in emergency situations including, but not limited to: Avalanches, First Aid, MCI, Rope Rescue, Chair lift evacuation, fire, missing people, spills, fatalities, animal attacks and explosions
Under the direction of the DPS, present avalanche and snowpack risk management information to staff, managers and guests
Data and database management
Assist with Marmot Basin’s on-slope Risk Management program as outlined in Marmot Basin’s Safety Operations Training Manual
When assigned, act, on a short-term basis, as the Director of Public Safety’s designate concerning avalanche hazard forecasting, control and rescue.
Ensure other staff are working in safe and efficient manner and are following all applicable policies, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and guidelines
Work with outside agencies as required
Report all damages or problems with company vehicles to the Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor
Other duties as assigned by your Supervisor.


Respect and adhere to the company’s policies and procedures as set in the “Corporate Policies”, “Employee Handbook” and “Safety Operations Training Manual”
Understand and adhere to Ski Marmot Basin’s “Harassment Policy” and the company’s “Privacy Policy”.

Exceed all performance requirement of a Team Leader
Demonstrated strong skiing ability in all mountain and snow conditions in “Advanced/Most difficult” and “Expert/Extreme” terrain
Physically fit and able to ski with heavy loads (25+ kg). Has proven physical ability to perform all Avalanche Technician tasks
80 hour advanced First Aid course or higher and advanced protocol training
CPR current certification
Canadian Avalanche Association Professional Member
Canadian Avalanche Association Industry Training Program Level 2 (or equivalent), Level 3 preferred
Canadian Avalanche Association advanced weather course (or equivalent)
Canadian Avalanche Association AvSar course (or equivalent)
Canadian Avalanche Association basic mapping course (preferred).
Incident Command System ICS 200
Advanced snowmobile operator
Holds an Alberta non-mining explosives license
Attended Marmot Basin’s Annual explosives refresher
Holds a Natural Resources Canada Explosive Regulatory Division letter or other approved documentation on file to handle high powered explosives
Minimum of five years or more working in an active avalanche control program, or eight years of experience working/volunteering in other roles. Extensive experience using ski cutting and explosives for avalanche control. Generally, 500 or more logged hand charges
Clear Criminal Record and Vulnerable Person Record Check on file with Human Resources (re-submitted yearly)
Completed the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Training (WHMIS)
Transportation of Dangerous goods by Ground
Transportations of Dangerous goods by Air
Cornice control Team Lead
Gun Team leader
Completion of basic fall arrest training
Rope rescue training/certification (preferred)
Alberta class 5 Driver’s license or equivalent.

Performance Requirements:


Exceed all performance requirements for the Avalanche Technician Team Leader
Successfully complete the Marmot Basin First Aid refresher & Advanced protocol training
Attends Marmot Basin’s annual explosives refresher
Sound judgement and proper application of the concepts of Applied Avalanche Risk Management
Manage, organize and communicate effectively with staff
Lead staff through avalanche terrain for data collection and active avalanche control
Demonstrate detailed knowledge of Marmot Basin’s terrain. Applies this knowledge for rescue, AvSar and active avalanche control.
Function as an affective gun team leader
Function as an affective cornice control route leader
Can demonstrate a high level of practical first aid experience; able to apply this experience to many situations and perform and lead patient treatment and extrication in all Marmot Basin terrain
Gain advanced understanding of all sections of Marmot Basin’s Safety Operations Training Manual, policies, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and First Aid algorithms. Appropriately apply these concepts as well as teach them to others
Demonstrate a very high working knowledge of Marmot Basin’s on-hill risk management and Safety Operations programs. Complete all associated paperwork to a high standard
Proven competency with radio protocols, knows all 10 codes, emergency colour calls, standard radio calls, as well as professional use of the radio
Has read Marmot Basin’s snowmobile operators manual and as been instructed on and can perform a pre-trip inspection
Knows all standard snowmobile routes, on hill speed limit, and safe operation procedures
Has demonstrated competent snowmobile Advanced operator skills
Can set/maintain all rescue trails.
Demonstrates sound judgement in the use of the snowmobile.
Proficiency working with ropes in several functions.
Can direct a team in rope rescue and the use of mechanical advantage systems
Can safely perform self-evacuation from a chairlift
Can lead a manual chairlift evacuation team, with an inexperienced partner
Can perform a lift line check and explain it
Has been trained in fall arrest and fall arrest rescue and can climb tower
Can explain and set up a shive by-pass
Function as a lift evaluation RIT team member
Maintain a fall arrest and rope rescue work/training log
Deescalate tense situations, remove ski passes, escort guest from the premises, or refer an escalating situation to a supervisor
Read and sign off on the Safety Operations Work Hazard Assessment
Complete all regular currency training and maintain training checklist(s)
Maintain tools, equipment, and supplies needed to perform these duties
Maintain certifications and training records as well as Continuous Professional Development to remain current in the position
Able to work flexible shifts
Holds a valid Alberta Class 5 driver’s license (or equivalent)

Core Competencies:

Professional deportment with excellent customer service skills: experience dealing with all on-hill patrons
Demonstrated temperament and disposition for highly stressful situations, i.e. administering first aid, triage situations, with guests, and explosives
Able to ski in all types of mountain terrain in varying conditions.
Have completed the Marmot Basin and Safety Operations ski skill assessment and have a copy on file.
Strong team member able to take direction
Motivated and observant; able to perceive needed tasks and complete them without direction
Self-aware; able to identify strengths and gaps in own abilities and training
Able to use taught skills and previous experience to problem solve
Trustworthy and capable of working unsupervised
Recreational mountain pursuits, such as rock climbing, and ski touring, are considered assets.
Employees in this position are responsible for providing the following tools: Skis, touring bindings, skins, a head lamp, simple sit harness, triple action locking carabiner, three antenna digital transceiver, avalanche probe, avalanche shovel, black ski pants as well as other sundry items. An annual equipment allowance is provided.

For your safety and that of your patients, it is very strongly recommended that safety operations staff preforming patient care have up to date inoculations against; Polio, Hepatitis A/B, Mumps/Rubella, Diphtheria tetanus, Varicella, Measles, Influenza (yearly), & COVID 19.

All employees in this position are required to:

Have completed the Marmot Basin and safety operations ski skill assessment and have a copy on file
Pass a ski binding test, for all work boots & skis, performed & recorded by Marmot Basin Rental/Repair staff.
Have a vulnerable persons record check completed and on file. To be completed yearly
Have a drivers abstract on file with Marmot Basin HR

This is a position contained within the Bargaining Unit, and as such, terms and conditions of employment are set out in the Collective Agreement with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Canada Union, Local No. 401.

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Employment Indicator

Job Start Date
Monday, September 9, 2024

Job End Date
Friday, May 9, 2025

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