JOB OPPORTUNITY: SCHOOL OUTREACH PROGRAM INSTRUCTORS

At Nelson Nordic Ski Club, our School Outreach Program has been serving regional schools for 10 years! We host school groups of all ages and abilities on weekdays from January through mid-March. Our groups range from kindergarten to high school aged and from never skied to veterans of the program. The program aims to build enthusiasm for cross country skiing through skill development and lots of fun and games!

We are seeking qualified instructors to provide quality cross-country ski instruction that is appropriate to participants’ age and ability, while helping them build skills and have fun. The instructor will work collaboratively with other instructors to ensure the smooth flow of programming and may also work independently to coach students, run games and supervise ski groups on the trails. A strong foundation in cross country skiing is an asset, as well as experience working with kids and youth in outdoor or recreational settings. There is lots of creativity in adapting to daily conditions and student and group needs.

Duties and responsibilities, include:

  • Manage groups of up to 30 students of varying ages in all winter conditions.
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively in small instructor teams to run cohesive ski sessions.
  • Facilitate orientation to the ski center and the process of outfitting kids with equipment.
  • Facilitate games, ski drills and activities that are fun and age appropriate for kids while also building foundational ski skills.
  • Integrate classic ski technique coaching into classes and activities
  • Set up and take down any props used to run games and drills.
  • Sanitize equipment and high touch surfaces in the warming hut between each group.
  • Work with teachers to identify and deliver group specific needs and requests.
  • Represent Nelson Nordic both to school groups and the public while on duty, this includes upholding and role modelling the school outreach program’s covid-19 practices.
  • Attend to any first aid needs that arise during program and seek appropriate help.
  • Other duties as required.

The ideal candidate has…

  • Experience working with kids and youth.
  • Experience facilitating outdoor and educational programming.
  • Experience managing groups in dynamic environments with minimal supervision.
  • Experience cross-country skiing, ideally experience teaching or coaching classic technique.
  • Passion and creativity for fun, games and skill building.
  • Strong teamwork and communication skills.
  • Cross-country ski coaching certifications an asset.
  • Minimum a standard first aid certification, wilderness first aid or occupational first aid training would be an asset.
  • This position requires a criminal record check.

Working Hours and Conditions

This season we will have up to two groups of 30 students each program day (Tuesday to Friday). There will be one morning and one afternoon session, each two hours long. Instructors typically work both sessions, arriving at 8am and wrapping up by 3pm.

The flow of the day includes:

  • a brief planning meeting with co-instructors and set up for program in the morning;
  • morning session from 9-11am;
  • some work over lunch to sanitize the hut and shared equipment and reset for the next program;
  • afternoon session from 12-2pm;
  • clean up from the day’s activities

There will also be mandatory staff training and season prep days late December and/or early January (dates tbd)

Compensation

Starting pay for this position will be $15 per hour. Instructors committing to sufficient work hours will also receive a Nelson Nordic ski pass for the season.

If you are interested in applying to this position, or would like to request more information please send a brief cover letter and resume to Julie Bremner, School Outreach Program Coordinator, at schooloutreach@nelsonnordicski.ca

Job Opportunity: Head Coach, Youth Programs

Nelson Nordic Ski Club is seeking a Head Coach to provide coaching and coordination for the Club’s Track Attack and Junior Racing programs. The Head Coach is responsible for overall program administration, planning and development, including coordination of parent coaches and other volunteers.

Reporting to the General Manager, the Head Coach also develops annualized training plans for athletes in the program and works with individual athletes on fitness and technique. Program promotion, event planning, equipment management and travel to races outside of Nelson will be required. Ensuring compliance with the Club’s Covid-19 safety plan, Return to Sport plan, and other physical distancing requirements will be a key component of the position this season.

To view the complete Job Description, click here.

Desired Qualifications/Experience

  • Nordic ski coaching experience, including past experience developing training plans for youth athletes
  • Advocate for and active participant in the sport of Nordic skiing
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Nordic ski techniques and equipment (skate and classic)
  • Proven excellence working in a team environment
  • Demonstrated personnel management skills and attention to detail; volunteer management and event planning experience would be an asset
  • Self- motivated and organized
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Start Date: November 1, 2020

Application Deadline: October 26, 2020

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to submit their covering letter and resume to General Manager Jaime Frederick at jaime@nelsonnordicski.ca. We thank all applicants; however only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

FUNDRAISER: NEW GROOMING MACHINE!

Nelson Nordic Ski Club needs your help to purchase a new grooming machine!

Our fundraising campaign continues to gather steam. Thanks to a combination of grants and generous donations from our members, we have now raised over $150,000!

We are very grateful for your support! As we’ve noted before, the cost of a new machine is in the range of $327,000. At the moment, we are in the process of completing an application to BC Capital Gaming for matching funds and we have commitments from other granting agencies that will be honoured if we are successful in that application.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have also been informed that gaming funds for capital projects are not assured and may be somewhat more limited than in recent years. In the meantime, we continue to hold the funds raised to date in a restricted account. These funds will be used only toward the purchase of a new grooming machine.

In order to put the Club in the best position possible to purchase a new grooming machine sooner rather than later, we continue to seek donations from our supporters: If you have not yet made a donation and would like to do so, there are two options:

  1. If you are interested in receiving a tax receipt for your donation, please visit Nordiq Canada’s Donation Page (then select “Click Here to Support a Club” and then “Nelson Nordic”). 
  2. If you don’t need a tax receipt and would prefer to donate directly to the Club, please email General Manager Jaime Frederick (jaime AT nelsonnordicski DOT ca)

As you know, Nelson Nordic Ski Club is a non-profit community resource for members and non-members alike – we offer courses for over 900 schoolchildren annually through our popular School Outreach Program plus other youth and adult programs. We are also a draw for winter tourists, offering 26km of beautiful groomed track – and this helps support many other businesses in Nelson and area.


MEMBER SURVEY UPDATE!

You’ve responded. We’re listening.

Thanks again to the 432 Nelson Nordic Ski Club (NNSC) members who responded to our member survey in April. That’s approximately half of our membership! So we (the board and management of the club) feel we have a pretty good idea of where the membership wants us to head. 

We thought we would take this opportunity to let you know the major findings of the survey and what we are planning to do about them.

  • We asked how long respondents have been members. They were pretty evenly split between 1-2 years, 3-5 years, 6-10 years, 11-15 years and 15+. Slightly more have been with us for either 1 -2 years, or 15 years+.
  • 53% of respondents ski classic only, 19% skate ski only and 28% ski both. 
  • Most respondents ski between 2 and 5 times per week.
  • The most popular trail is Busk/Euphrates, with twice the respondents as for Clearwater or Apex. 
  • Most respondents (89%) hold either regular adult memberships or senior memberships.
  • Most respondents felt that the grooming in 2019-2020 was ‘consistently excellent, very good, or good’, both in terms of quality and quantity. 
  • We were all disappointed with the number of grooming machine breakdowns last year! The board continues to work tirelessly to write grants to purchase a new grooming machine – donations are always welcome! Timely repairs will continue to be prioritized; we thank our staff for their hard work last year and continue to improve our planning for next season.
  • With regard to the quality and frequency of plowing in the parking lots and Busk Road, the overwhelming majority were very satisfied, satisfied, or somewhat satisfied.
  • Many people mentioned the pothole at the entrance to Busk Road, and the ruts in the road. The board is planning to work on filling the pothole and remediating the road surface prior to next season. We continue to work hard to keep the road and parking lots in good condition.
  • Many people offered to volunteer for the club over the next season. Thank you!
  • Although most (92%) respondents did not try out the snowshoe trails last year, there was lots of enthusiasm expressed by those who did, and many said they would like to try them out next year. We plan to offer snowshoe rentals from the Busk kiosk next season.
  • If the club had the opportunity to expand the ski trail network, the majority of respondents said they would like a moderate ski trail in the Busk/Euphrates area.
  • Many people missed the Cottonwood and Field Loops this year. We respect the landowners’ decision and thank them for their many years of service to the club. We also considered resurrecting the Beaumont trail. However, that trail is in very poor condition and would need considerable summer work with heavy machinery before it could be groomed. Spending significant resources on this very steep trail does not fit with the survey results that the majority of the members prefer easier trails. There may be the possibility of adding other sections of the rail trail. We will do our best!
  • Most (74%) respondents receive trail condition and grooming information from the website and 31% from Live GPS grooming. The Facebook Page was next at 32%. Only about 18% of respondents use the snowphone.
  • Many of you requested that trail conditions be posted earlier in the day. We are considering how to do that more reliably next year. 
  • Most of you found the new trail signage helpful. However, a number of suggestions were made to improve signage that the club is looking into.
  • In terms of club programs, respondents prioritized lessons/clinics and kids/youth programs the highest. And in terms of events, members prioritized the Full Moon Ski, Tour de Soup and Valentine’s the highest.
  • We are considering, based on your feedback, which programs and events to offer in the coming year.
  • We asked you to rate the general priorities of the club. Here is your response, in order of priority:
    • Grooming 
    • Trail brushing and maintenance
    • Reasonable prices
    • Communication regarding trail conditions
    • Parking lot plowing
    • School Programs
    • Lessons/Clinics
    • Programs
    • Events
    • Snowshoeing 
  • With regard to the question about NNSC providing good value for your money, the vast majority of respondents strongly agreed or agreed with this statement.
  • Also, the vast majority of respondents said they are ‘very likely or likely’ to purchase a membership again next year. NNSC thanks you for your support!
  • Most of you said your number one reason for being a member of NNSC is that it is close to Nelson, and, of course, most of our members live in the area. You also mentioned the beautiful scenery and friendly atmosphere as your second and third reasons.
  • The respondents indicated there is room to improve in terms of grooming and expanding the trail system. The board continues to work hard to limit machine breakdowns and seek out possibilities for additional trails.
  • Thank you again for your wonderful support over the past season, and always. We are happy to hear from you at any time, and again, thank you for taking the time to respond to our survey. We will endeavour to address as many of our concerns and suggestions as we can. And we look forward to welcoming you back for the start of the 2020-21 ski season at Nelson Nordic.

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