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JOB POSTING: Avalanche Forecaster - Winter 2022/23

Friends of the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center/USFS Mt Shasta Avalanche Center

Position:  Avalanche Specialist and Forecaster - The Friends of the Mt Shasta Avalanche Center is looking to fill a full-time Avalanche Specialist/Forecaster position working in partnership with the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

The Mt Shasta Avalanche Center issues avalanche information during the winter months to assist backcountry recreationalists and professionals in making safe, informed decisions. The FMSAC is hiring a backcountry avalanche forecaster for the 2022-2023 season.

The position’s primary purpose is to promote public and staff safety through the production and dissemination of avalanche and mountain weather forecasts for assigned areas. The incumbent must effectively communicate with diverse user groups, both written and orally, via many communication avenues (e.g. daily avalanche forecasts, social media, audio and video interviews, education events, field outreach, etc). 

Location: Mt. Shasta, CA

Details:  Seasonal, December 1st, 2022 to mid-April 2023. Salary is $22.00/hour.  Schedule is 40 hours per week with early morning start times and weekend work required. A 4 days on / 3 days off work week is typical.

Preferred Skills:

  • Operational avalanche and weather forecasting experience gained through a combination of previous professional experience and education as an avalanche forecaster, snow safety director, professional ski guide, or ski patroller at a ski resort with an active avalanche program
  • Successful completion of Pro 1 avalanche course or equivalent in the last 5 years
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to concisely and effectively communicate with both professional and recreational audiences
  • Advanced or expert backcountry ski and travel skills
  • Advanced or expert off-trail snowmobile riding skills and a demonstrated ability and interest to engage and interact with motorized users
  • Experience teaching and presenting snow stability concepts, avalanche safety, and avalanche rescue fundamentals to a diverse public audience
  • A working knowledge and ability operating and maintaining a system of remote weather stations, using and troubleshooting computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, and updating internet websites
  • Basic understanding of remote weather station instrumentation and ability to troubleshoot weather station problems
  • Web, computer, I/T, media, and/or other technical skills useful to MSAC operations
  • Proven ability to create and deliver quality, engaging education materials and presentations for recreational and professional users
  • Wilderness First Responder, EMT or higher level of emergency care certification
  • Demonstrated motivation to acquire applicable knowledge and skills beyond basic work requirements.
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to accept constructive criticism and use it to improve skills and job performance

Interested candidates should submit a resume, including references, and letter(s) of recommendation (encouraged but not required) to the Friends of the Mt Shasta Avalanche Center by August 14th, 2022 at

For questions, please contact Nick Meyers at:


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