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Position Title: 


Reports To: 

Patrol Supervisor



General Purpose:

Provide professional first aid and rescue to Purgatory guests, maintain trails, participate in skier/snowboard education, and monitor skiing/snowboarding to ensure mountain safety.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Provide professional, friendly and courteous service, including first aid, alpine rescue, administration, and monitoring of mountain safety.

Develop and maintain working knowledge of Patrol procedures.

Maintain trail safety markings, pads and hazards.

Know and actively enforce the 1979 Colorado Skier Safety Act, Senate Bill 80 and Purgatory Resort mountain rules and regulations.

Notify dispatcher of injuries, using established procedures.

Operate snowmobile as needed, following established snowmobile and gas log procedures.

Complete all required documentation in a timely and professional manner, including logs, accident reports  and checklists.

Follow safety procedures at all times. Report any existing or potential safety hazard/s to supervisor immediately or remedy when possible.

Check safety equipment daily for proper function.

Operate machinery in a safe and careful manner.

Other Responsibilities:

Other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Basic first aid and alpine rescue skills. Expert skiing/snowboarding ability, able to ski/snowboard all terrain in all conditions. Working knowledge of mountain, its facilities and locations. Excellent interpersonal skills. Basic understanding of snow physics.

Alertness, precision, ingenuity, problem solving, analytic ability, spatial perception, persuasiveness, memory, creativity, concentration, judgement, aesthetic sense, reasoning, imagination, initiative, patience, visual, tactile and auditory discrimination, strong verbal and written communication skills are necessary abilities.

Education or Formal Training: Current CPR and Colorado EMT-B, or higher, certification.

Experience: Experience in first aid position preferred.

Material and Equipment Directly Used:

Skis/snowboards, lifts, toboggan, snowmobile, radio, hand tools, medical care equipment, and simple office equipment.

Working Environment/Physical Activities:

60% of the work day is spent outdoors in constantly changing weather conditions, including but not limited to: extreme cold, wet, snow and wind. 40% of the workday is spent indoors. 40% is spent skiing/snowboarding, 15% is spent walking, 15% is spent standing, and 30% is spent sitting. Majority of walking and standing is done while wearing ski or snowboard boots. Majority of sitting is on exposed chair lifts in a winter alpine environment.

Occasionally lifting and carrying people and objects weighing up to 150 pounds and pushing or pulling toboggans with injured skiers/snowboarders weighing up to 300 pounds. Frequent use of skis/snowboard, poles, toboggans, and controls. Constant use of near and far acuity and depth perception. Frequently climbing, balancing, reaching, handling, engaging in normal conversation, and using color and field of vision. Occasionally stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, fingering, and/or feeling.

Frequent exposure to radiant energy. Occasional exposure to mechanical hazards, high exposed work site/s, burns, explosives, toxic and caustic chemicals, fumes, odors, mists, gases and/or poor ventilation.


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