marmot basin Jasper AB Avalanche Technician Team Leader

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

Job details

Job type
Shift and schedule
8 hour shift

1 Marmot Rd, Jasper, AB

Full job description
Reports To: Director of Public Safety

Position Overview:
These are avalanche technicians who have proven skills and competence leading team members through avalanche terrain for active avalanche control work and data collections. These staff are also senior staff members and are responsible for having a high skill level to mentor junior staff and many safety operations topics and training.

This is a full-time seasonal role working within the Safety Operations Department. This position has a compressed schedule/two-week rotating cycle: may work nine (9) hours per day or 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 requirements.

The incumbent should expect to be working outside in any, all and sometimes adverse weather conditions.

The first 90 working days of employment for full/part time seasonal employees is a probationary period.

Job Duties

Identify and address safety concerns pertaining to staff and guests while working in a safe and efficient manner
Perform the daily tasks associated with Marmot Basin’s Avalanche Safety Plan
Travel in and through avalanche terrain on skis, snowmobiles and snow cats
Lead single teams through avalanche terrain for active avalanche control and data collection
Use rope and mountaineering travel skills to travel through alpine terrain as part of a team
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
Under the direction of Forecaster(s), prepare daily avalanche forecast and nowcasts
Under the direction of the Forecaster(s), communicate avalanche risk and terrain status to staff and guests
Submit weather, avalanche and snowpack observations to the InfoEx
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 Director of Public Safety (DPS) or Ski Patrol Supervisor, assist with the instruction of staff regarding on-slope risk management topics including: Hazard identification and marking, Radio communication, Toboggan handling, and other topics as directed
Under the direction of the DPS, create teaching resources as well as provide instruction in the risk management of, and response to: Avalanches, First Aid, MCI, Rope Rescue, Chair lift evacuations, fires, spills, missing people, fatalities, animal attacks, explosions and other topics as directed
Under the direction of the DPS, present avalanche and snowpack risk management information to staff, managers and guests
Communicate snowpack and weather information to the 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
Insure other, staff working in their control team, work in safe and efficient manner and following all applicable policies, SOP’s and guideline.
Data and database management
Assist with Marmot Basin’s on slope Risk Management program as outlined in Marmot Basin’s Safety Operations Training Manual
Report all damage or problems with company vehicles to the Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor
Work with outside agencies as required
Preform all job duties of a Grade three (3) ski patroller as required
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”.

Has exceeded all Ski Patroller Grade 3 Job duties and performance requirements.
Has a minimum of three years of experience or more working in an active avalanche control program, or five years of experience working/volunteering in other roles.
Previous experience working in a continental snowpack (preferred)
Alberta class 5 Driver’s license or equivalent
Drivers abstract on file and re-submitted annually.
Demonstrated strong skiing ability in all mountain and snow conditions in “Advanced/Most Difficult” and “Expert/Extreme” terrain and any snow conditions
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
Current CPR certification
Successful completion of the advanced protocol training program
Canadian Avalanche Association Industry Training Program Level 2 (preferred)
Canadian Avalanche Association basic weather course
Canadian Avalanche Association AvSar course
Incident Command System ICS 200
Avalanche Practitioner, in good standing, with Canadian Avalanche Association
Yearly submission of CAA CPD sheets to the DPS
Intermediate/Advanced snowmobile operator
Alberta non-mining explosives license
8 hours yearly of Explosives related CPD
Transportation of Dangerous Good by ground
Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Air (preferred)
Attended Marmot Basin’s Annual explosives refresher
Natural Resources Canada Explosive Regulatory Division letter or other approved documentation on file to handle high powered explosives
Completed and be signed off on Marmot Basin’s avalanche control route leader check list
Clear Criminal Record and Vulnerable Person Record Check on file with Human Resources
Completed the Workplace hazardous materials training (WHMIS)
Completion of working at heights training
Advanced RIT training (preferred)
Rope rescue training/certification (preferred)
Maintain a fall arrest/rope training/work log book
Performance Requirements:


Successfully complete the Marmot Basin First Aid refresher including advanced protocols
Attend Marmot Basin’s annual explosives refresher
Able to manage, organize and communicate effectively with staff
Advanced understanding of all sections of Marmot Basin’s Safety Operations Training Manual, policies, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and First Aid algorithms. Be able to appropriately apply these concepts.
Proven competency with radio protocols, knows all 10 codes, emergency colour calls, standard radio calls, as well as professional use of the radio
Can demonstrate a high level of practical first aid experience; a minimum of 80 patient interactions. Apply this experience to many situations and perform and lead patient treatment and extrication in all Marmot Basin terrain including lead teams in the applications of the advanced first aid protocols.
High skill level of Rescue Toboggan (10-23) handling in all terrain (includes Akia toboggan use). Is able to teach and demonstrate these skills.
Can demonstrate a very high working knowledge of Marmot Basin’s on-hill risk management and Safety Operations programs
Can perform high quality run checks and risk mitigation, and explain associated risk management principles. Complete all associated paperwork to a high standard.
Know appropriate early season signs and fences and be able to set up with minimal explanation or supervision, including all avalanche closure fences and area boundary fences.
Moves self and others & equipment around the hill appropriately and with no prompting
Detailed knowledge of Marmot Basin’s terrain, including all runs, often used nick names, access and egress trails, all runs in Eagles East, boundary lines, back country access points, kiddy/tree trails etc.
Able to lead staff through avalanche terrain for data collection and active avalanche control
Can demonstrate experience working with and applying the concepts of Applied Avalanche Risk Management
Experience using ski cutting and explosives for the purpose of avalanche control
Maintain an explosives log (minimum of three (10) missions and fifteen (25) explosives logged per season for any ticketed blaster)
Understands the needs and principals involved with AI, missing person investigation, avalanche occurrence investigation.
Read Marmot Basin’s snow mobile operators manual and has been instructed on and can perform a pre-trip inspection
When requested by supervisor able to safely and effectively use the snowmobile to access nonstandard terrain
Is able to comfortably perform courtesy rides (10-10’s) on all standard snow mobile routes. Meets all requirements of a snowmobile intermediate/advanced operator (higher proficiency preferred)
When tasked set/maintain all rescue trails
Tow teams in and out of rescue trails
Demonstrates sound judgement when using snowmobiles.
In-depth understanding of Marmot Basin’s Avalanche Safety plan. Knows all Safety Operations departmental roles and responsibilities within the plan.
Heightened level of understanding of the Avalanche rescue plan and companion rescue
Act as an AvSar strike team leader or lead other teams, task forces, act as a Div Sup or a safety officer. Building towards Ops section Chief.
Lead a scene with 5-8 targets (Clue, Recco, Transceiver, Dog, probe, other). Establish interview, staging areas, communications, deploy on scene resources, initial flagging, safety, Avalanche triage, and hand over to Ops Section chief.
Give detailed snowpack and weather condition updates to the Area Leader/Forecaster
Can demonstrate a high proficiency working with ropes
Safely perform self-evacuation from a chair lift
Lead a manual chairlift evacuation team, with an inexperienced partner
Can perform a lift line check and explain it
Working at heights training and can climb tower, can explain and set up a shive by-pass. Perform chair lift evac RIT tasks.
Maintain a fall arrest/rope rescue training and work log
Deescalate tense situations, remove ski passes, escort guest from the premises, or refer an escalating situation to a supervisor
Able to fill the dispatching role
Read and signed off on Marmot Basin’s Employee Handbook
Read and signed 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 to remain current in the position.

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.
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

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.

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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Job Start Date
Monday, September 9, 2024

Job End Date
Friday, May 9, 2025

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