Operations Manager Requirements and Responsibilities
The operations manager will delegate and oversee the accomplishment of the following responsibilities.
Pay will be a salary negotiated with selected candidate, with the potential for additional pay per hour for grooming.
General Hiring Criteria
Manager will be an employee, not a board member
Have a good knowledge of x/c skiing, trail grooming, and ski area management
Excellent management and communication skills
Available to ski and work on site throughout the 22-week season (average), especially during weekends and holidays. Available to coordinate pre and post season work
Preseason Trail maintenance in September and October
Walk trails for down trees and replace broken blue poles other markings, such as blue ribbons.
Coordinate volunteer trail work days and publicity (e.g. web, email, newspaper)
Liaison with Forest Service for work beyond general maintenance
Arrange acquisition or approval of signs including blue posts, diamonds, and ‘No Snowmobile’ signs from the Forest Service
Coordinate volunteer trail work days and publicize
Put up new steel posts and blue poles where needed.
Coordinate people with chainsaws and other tools to cut dead leaning hazard trees and brush
Beginning of season:
Put up information and donation boxes on boards at all trailheads, including top of Ward (where donation box is on a pipe)
Schedule and coordinate delivery of grooming equipment to trailheads during the first week of November for snowmobiles and upon 2-3 feet snow base for snowcat; make sure equipment is serviced prior to delivery
Coordinate delivery of fuel tank with gauge, stand, and stock tank to Skyway and first filling of the tank
Put up “You Are Here” (YAH) and “No Snowmobile” signs on trails, corridor, and highway (This can be accomplished by having groomer haul them in on snowmobile and volunteers putting them up.)
Coordinate grooming at Skyway, County Line, and Ward areas
In general, schedule groomers and time of day, paying extra attention to weekend grooming especially at trail heads. If set on Friday and Saturday afternoon, if weather allows, should help with the problem with snowshoes and dogs especially at trail heads.
Pre-schedule at the beginning of the week to ensure groomers are available at all times during the week. Modify as requirements and weather forecasts change.
Arrange extra grooming as necessary for events such as races and Barneloppet
Coordinate with board-approved special-use groups (e.g. Gliders, Mesa State Ski Team)
Prioritize grooming of trails according to projected and actual use
Groom for quality first in high usage areas and then quantity of trail kilometers
Schedule grooming late in the day whenever practical to increase durability of the set tracks and reduce cold weather starts on the snowcat
Track equipment and groomer hours, budget and grooming costs throughout the season
Balance grooming among groomers and between snowcat hours and snowmobile hours to have consistent trail conditions and meet the budget
Ensure safe grooming practices by the groomers (e.g. post-grooming check in, use of safety gear)
Grooming Reports and publicity
Send grooming plans to website and email list
Send grooming reports to website and email list
Submit end-of-week report to GMNC board
Handle any other operations-related publicity requirements
Keep tabs on diesel and order diesel (coordinate delivery with Simpson @ Grand Mesa Lodge so as to keep cost down) Order right mixture (50/50 mix to prevent jelling)
Ensure diamonds are replaced and obstructing limbs are cut over all trails
Ensure ease of skier access at all trail heads
End of season:
Coordinate to have grooming equipment and fuel tank transported to summer storage within 2 weeks after last grooming
Take down “YAH” and “No snowmobile” signs by May 1st at Skyway and County Line; within 1 week after grooming stops on Ward(e.g. Have volunteers take the signs off and leave by pole with the groomer picking them up on snowmobile.)
Store loose blue poles (if not on steel posts) “YAH” signs
Remove donation boxes and store; paint/repair as required
Clear information boards paint/repair as required
Oversee hauling of equipment up and down plus fuel tank and stock tank (beginning of season & at end)
Ensure necessary equipment repairs and scheduled maintenance are completed before, during, and after the season
Use staff as much as possible, then contract for maintenance with Kissner for snowmobile repair and Kassbohrer for snowcat; coordinate with board for large maintenance items (>$1000?)
Arrange proper storage and covering of snowcat and snowmobiles for offseason
Ensure registration and insurance on equipment are up to date
Keep records of all equipment usage and maintenance, including copies of registrations and insurance
Oversee the sale of extra equipment
Ensure donation boxes are emptied twice a month and remitted to treasurer
Liaison parking lot issues with CDOT supervisor (snowcat will not be used for plowing parking lot)
Submit a letter of interest and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org, Attn: Operations.Review of applications begins November 15.