Avalanche Forecaster

State of Utah

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Job Description


As an Avalanche Forecaster, you will work in major canyon areas during the avalanche season to oversee the forecasting and mitigation of avalanche hazards. You will also monitor snow pack and weather conditions to predict when avalanche hazards have become a threat to travel, requiring road closures. Avalanche Forecasters are frequently exposed to hazards and discomforts of traffic and environmental conditions due to the nature of the work assignment.. In this position you will be required to provide 24 hour availability. This position my require on-call availability based on emergency needs and road conditions.

Minimum Qualifications:Must have a certification for completing the Level II Avalanche course
Must be certified as an Outdoor Emergency Care technician (or equivalent)
Must be an expert skier, capable of uphill and downhill travel through rugged mountainous terrain under all weather and snow conditions, safely and efficiently.
Must have the ability to recognize hazardous avalanche conditions
Must have strong communication and leadership experience
Preference may be given to those who have:Working knowledge of the use of personal safety equipment (i.e., transceivers, air-bag backpack, Avalung)
Ability to effectively use avalanche rescue equipment and techniques for group, as well as organized rescue efforts
A strong understanding of the cause and effect relationship between weather, snow, and avalanche conditions
A strong understanding of snowpack analysis
Capable of carrying heavy loads uphill and downhill (summer and winter)
Capable of learning and participating in avalanche hazard mitigation procedures including the use of military artillery, and explosive charges
Ability to work well with others in stressful situations
Why Should You Join Our Team?

The work we do matters. If you want to make a positive difference doing meaningful work, this is the right place for you. Our mission statement is, “Enhance quality of life through transportation.” We define quality of life through a framework of Good Health, Connected Communities, Better Mobility, and Strong Economy. We help the State of Utah and its traveling public to get to where they want, when they want, in the way they want – and we make sure they can do it safely.

You will become part of a team with an internal culture of Trust, Teamwork, and Flexibility. Our organization lives by the values of Respect, Integrity, and Caring. If these are your values, too, you’ll be a great fit.

Aside from working for a cause-driven, cutting edge agency that is leading all other transportation departments in the nation, you will receive great health and retirement benefits. Working for the State of Utah provides a positive work-life balance. Click here to view a summary of the benefits we offer.

The Agency

UDOT is a strengths-based organization, which means its approach is based on identifying and developing individual and organizational strengths. Our philosophy is to address challenges by bringing our strengths to each situation and create the best solutions. Candidates are encouraged to be familiar with their strengths and consider how they may potentially be of benefit to the roles for which they are applying. UDOT uses the CliftonStrengths Assessment, but there are multiple strengths assessment tools available online, and no formal assessment is required.

For more information on the Utah Department of Transportation please click here.


Example of Duties
As an Avalanche Forecaster you will also:

Travel through avalanche terrain under all types of weather and snow conditions.
Provide up to date avalanche hazard information to UDOT maintenance crews
Analyze surface and sub-surface snowpack conditions that contribute to the development of an avalanche hazard forecast.
Access and analyze snow and weather data obtained from Study Plots, and from remote weather stations.
Accurately record snowpack, weather, and avalanche information.
Contribute to the installation, maintenance, trouble-shooting, repair, and removal of weather monitoring, Remote Avalanche Control Systems (RACS) and other technical equipment used in the Highway Avalanche Safety Program.
Ride in and work underneath helicopters during longline activities
Attend annual Military Artillery refresher courses, as well as Military Weapons Training (every three years).
Operate Military Weapons in at all times of day and weather conditions
Accurately record data related to military weapons program (inventories, rounds fired, location of unexploded ordnance [Duds], etc.).
Safely transport, store, assemble, and deploy explosive charges used for avalanche hazard mitigation, and to keep accurate records of explosive inventories.
Contribute to decisions pertaining to the safety of vehicles traveling on canyon roads, and of occupants of buildings located in snow avalanche areas.
Advise local law enforcement agencies and stakeholders when conditions become a threat to the public
Directing avalanche reduction procedures using military artillery, remote Avalanche Control Systems, hand delivered explosive charges, and other methods
Participating in pre/post- season equipment placement and maintenance
Completing other duties as assigned

Supplemental Information
Physical Requirements:Strenuous – The work requires considerable and strenuous physical exertion such as frequent climbing, lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds, crouching or crawling in restricted areas.


Working Conditions: This position requires the ability and expertise of traveling through backcountry avalanche terrain on skis in all weather and snow conditions.
Employee may be reassigned to a different location as deemed necessary by the Region Director/Group Leader.

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