Snow Ranger


Colorado Mountain Club


Montrose, CO


Job Description and Details:Colorado Mountain Club is accepting applications for a Backcountry Snow Ranger position in the Ouray District of the GMUG National Forest (based in Montrose, CO). The purpose of this position is to support Ouray District in making public contacts with the district’s over snow users. The position will communicate with visitors about avalanche danger, educate users about winter travel management regulations, install and repair signage, monitor visitor use, and provide avalanche awareness information. Winter Rangers will perform work duties via snowmobiles and backcountry touring equipment (i.e., touring ski or split board set ups). More information about the program is available at should have a strong desire to actively engage in a conservation-focused program that will train, challenge and support participants’ growth and development in their pursuit of meaningful careers in the conservation field.  The position will also increase capacity of the district’s recreation program on an as needed basis by undertaking trail maintenance projects, conducting Rapid Trail Assessments inventories as well as gathering data on current trail conditions and maintenance needs.The position will be directly trained and supervised by forest service personnel.Pay:  $18-24/hr (DOE).Program Duration: *Seasonal*, January through April 2021.Position Staging Area: GMUG-Ouray District, Montrose, COHours: 30-40/week (field-based)Work environment: Extensive outdoor, field-based work remote work locations, inclement weather and extensive physical work duties.Status: Position(s) will remain open until filled.Position Duties:Assist in management of the trail head/parking areasPerform winter patrols of motorized and non-motorized recreation management zones utilizing snowmobiles, skis, splitboard, or snow shoes to ensure compliance with winter recreation regulationsPromote backcountry education and safety and other duties as assigned.Coordinate logistics with land management agency personnel.Positively interact with all user groups of public lands throughout the region.Communicate with agency personnel, CMC staff, project partners and volunteers in a timely manner.Efficiently complete trail and conservation projects in a variety of environmental conditions, including adverse weather and terrain.Complete paperwork assigned by agency personnel and CMC staff.Utilize and engage in USFS and CMC risk management strategies.Transport crew and gear safely via four-wheel drive vehicles, snowmobiles and human powered backcountry touring equipment.Position duties are subject to be altered based on changing program and project priorities.Required Qualifications:Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse conditions.Skiing or snowboarding ability.Experience operating and riding snowmobiles.Extensive experience in traveling via both motorized and non-motorized means in winter conditions.Training and experience with avalanche awareness.Experience with conservation work such as trail work, restoration work, etc.Excellent organization skills.Ability to work both independently and as a team member.Capacity to professionally communicate in complex situations.Ability to adapt and adjust to changing work conditions and/or priorities.Good driving record and must hold a valid driver’s license.Frequently required to walk, sit, talk and listen.Ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 60 pounds.Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Preferred Qualifications:Professional work experience in winter snowsports.AIARE Avalanche 1 certification (or equivalent)Leadership experience in the conservation field.Experience teaching, facilitating and team-building with diverse groups of people.Participation in outdoor activities, work, lifestyle and/or pursuits.Knowledge of land management agencies operations and expectations.Bachelor’s degree and/or college coursework with a focus on natural resources.