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Job Opportunity: Senior Snowcat Grooming Operator

October 07, 2019

Senior Snowcat Grooming Operator

The Nelson Nordic Ski Club (NNSC) is looking for an experienced Grooming Operator to maintain the club’s network of cross-country ski trails (35kms) for this coming ski season (November-March). The Senior Grooming Operator role is a seasonal full-time position offering a competitive salary.

To apply, submit your resume to Jaime Frederick, General Manager () by October 15th, 2019.

Job Description


1.Trail Grooming and maintenance

  • Implement the trail grooming program through operation of snowcat and snowmobile grooming machines consistent with the NNSC Grooming Policy.
  • Work under the direction of the General Manager and with other NNSC staff to coordinate grooming operations in a safe, efficient and timely manner including adjusting grooming travel speed and shift timing as required dependent on snow and weather conditions.
  • Remove snags and buck trees that have come down on ski trails during shifts.
  • Organize and facilitate staff and volunteer training as required.
  • Liaise with Nordic event and race organizers to meet grooming expectations.
  • It is preferred that grooming staff are active cross-country skiers so they can understand the requirements and intricacies of grooming for our sport more effectively.

2. Machine Maintenance

  • Perform regularly scheduled maintenance checks on the grooming machines and equipment as outlined in the manufacturer’s recommendations and site-specific schedules.
  • Create parts order lists, stocking and parts and supplies inventories for grooming program.  Competitive pricing practices are to be used at all times.
  • Collaborate with the NNSC mechanic to flag maintenance or mechanical issues that come up through the season.
  • Administration
  • Participate in training sessions as required.
  • Implement live grooming tracking system.
  • Perform trail grooming status updates at the end of each shift
  • Accurate, professional, and timely email management.
  • Accurate timesheet completion and submission to the General Manager according to NNSC policy.
  • Use of flexible time schedules so overtime is kept to a minimum.

3. Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of NNSC Strategic  Plan, goals and objectives, policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the Nelson Nordic trail system, associated activities and events.
  • Knowledge of ‘skier preference’ trail grooming and maintenance best practices.
  • Knowledge of grooming machines and equipment (both operational and maintenance).
  • Knowledge of Nordic race event logistics and associated expectations.
  • Skill and ability to operate a wide range of equipment and machinery including snow grooming machines, quads, snowmobiles, tractors, trucks, chainsaws and brush saws.
  • Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and WHMIS.
  • Ability and willingness to work late night / early morning shifts with delayed starts during forecasted snowfall events.
  • Willingness to work with the general manager, other staff, and the directors to improve the grooming procedures therefore increasing efficiencies and the grooming product.
  • Intermediate skill level preferred in mechanical repair, carpentry and welding.
  • Basic skill level in computer operation and administrative duties.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Class 5 driver’s license