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Nordic Trail Groomer/Snowmobile Operator

Summary: Groom Nordic ski trails, operate snowmobiles, shovel snow, and perform basic equipment maintenance. Excellent physical condition. Work in temperatures as low as -40° F. Excellent knowledge of cross country skiing, including events/race course development. Able to work in icy and snowy terrain. Read and speak English. Issue equipment, and use cash register. Knowledge of Nordic ski equipment. Excellent public relations skills on telephone and in person. Certified First Aid and CPR required. Previous experience required. Knowledge of machinery, proper use and repair.


This is a seasonal, hourly (based on 40 hours/week). Pay is DOE and includes:


Please note, in accordance with our healthy spirit/mind/body mission and federal law, we have a zero tolerance policy for alcohol or drugs on property; in addition, no drug use is tolerated (including marijuana) during your employment with us whether on- or off-duty. If you want to use marijuana, don't apply to work for us.


Full posting:

The Nordic Groomer is responsible for laying down a high-quality snow/trail product.  This will be accomplished by operating and maintaining a Nordic grooming equipment fleet including snowmobiles, with pull-behind implements such as track setters and rollers, and when properly trained, the Nordic groomer will operate the cat groomer.  Groomers are also responsible for on-going trail maintenance during the winter season, which requires the ability to safely operate chainsaws and other trail maintenance equipment.

Essential Functions / Requirements:

  1. Current Certifications in First Aid and CPR.

  2. Ability to fluently read, write and speak English.

  3. Ability to work both as a team member and independently. 

  4. Must possess a valid, USA state issued driver’s license, an acceptable driving record, and comply with YMCA driving rules to be approved to operate YMCA vehicles.

    1. Vehicles and equipment may include standard transmission vehicles and chainsaws.

    2. The chainsaws are pull-start and the amount of force necessary to pull start them depends on a number of variables.

  5. Intermediate/Advanced knowledge of snowmobiles and how to drive and operate them in a variety of snow conditions and/or the ability to be trained in the operation of such equipment.

    1. Operation includes pull starting sleds with high friction/tension on the pull device. The driving position while seated on the sleds puts the driver in a sitting position with outstretched hands at a 30 - 45 degree angle approximately 12 inches above the waist.  Driving time could be up to 2-3 hours at a time.

  6. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. 3 feet off the ground. 

    1. This will be up to 50 lbs of trees/tree bulbs, slash/timbered wood, grooming equipment.

    2. Motions with load may include bending with load in hands/arms, carrying load, carrying load in a shovel or off-loading a load from a truck bed up to 3-4 feet off the ground.  

    3. Frequency of doing this function and performing motion with load in hands/arms   will occur throughout the day and may occur the entire day.  The frequency of this function is ultimately based on the project.

  7. Ability to work in temperatures as low as -25 degrees F for several hours.

  8. Ability to operate a snow cat groomer, if trained, qualified and approved.

    1. Operation of the cat is from a sitting position.

    2. The cat is operated by several levers using wrist and arm motions w/ little resistance to the arms and wrists.

    3. When snow builds up on the outside of the cat or on the blade, it may be necessary for the operator to use a shovel to remove snow from the cat.  The shovel may be held in a position above the waist up to shoulder height.

  9. Demonstrate an ability to safely operate chainsaws and other trail maintenance equipment.

    1. The chainsaws are approximately 15-20 lbs. and may be operated throughout the day, depending on the project.

    2. Per safe operating practice, chainsaws will be operated at a level from approximately 6 inches to 4 feet above the ground.

  10. Possess minimal vehicle maintenance skills in order to keep cat groomer, snowmobiles and light drag equipment in fully functional order.

  11. When weather permits, all grooming will be completed in darkness during trail closed hours.

  12. Ability to solve problems with the needs of Snow Mountain Ranch guests and members in mind.

  13. Uphold the YMCA of the Rockies Mission, policies and programs.

  14. Support the Association safety program.  Promote safe work practices and a safe environment for guests, members and staff.

  15. Promote a cooperative, positive and problem solving atmosphere at all times.

  16. Must meet acceptable criminal background check standards.

Other Functions / Requirements:

  1. Previous experience cross-country skiing is preferred.

  2. Encourage and convey an enjoyment and appreciation for cross-country skiing to guests and employees.

  3. Regularly clean grooming building using a variety of cleaning chemicals and equipment.

  4. Maintain tools, equipment and shop in a neat organized environment.

  5. Possess the proper clothing that is necessary for trail grooming.

  6. Uphold and reflect the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith in all functions.

  7. Possess excellent customer service skills; for example, friendly, personable, helpful, patient, and professional.

  8. Ability to work cooperatively with others in a diverse environment.

  9. All other duties as assigned.