NNSC Job Posting!

Senior Snowcat Grooming Operator WANTED.

The Senior Grooming Operator role is a seasonal full-time position.

The Nelson Nordic Ski Club (NNSC) is looking for an experienced  Grooming Operator to maintain the club’s network of cross-country ski trails (35kms) for this coming ski season (November-March).  Competitive salary. 

To apply, submit your resume to Jaime Frederick, General Manager (jaime@nelsonnordicski.ca) by October 25th, 2019.

Nelson Nordic Ski Club
Senior Grooming Operator
Job Description


1.Trail Grooming and maintenance

  • Implement the trail grooming program through operation of snowcat and snowmobile grooming machines consistent with the NNSC Grooming Policy.
  • Work under the direction of the General Manager and with other NNSC staff to coordinate grooming operations in a safe, efficient and timely manner including adjusting grooming travel speed and shift timing as required dependent on snow and weather conditions.
  • Remove snags and buck trees that have come down on ski trails during shifts.
  • Organize and facilitate staff and volunteer training as required.
  • Liaise with Nordic event and race organizers to meet grooming expectations.
  • It is preferred that grooming staff are active cross-country skiers so they can understand the requirements and intricacies of grooming for our sport more effectively.

2. Machine Maintenance

  • Perform regularly scheduled maintenance checks on the grooming machines and equipment as outlined in the manufacturer’s recommendations and site-specific schedules.
  • Create parts order lists, stocking and parts and supplies inventories for grooming program.  Competitive pricing practices are to be used at all times.
  • Collaborate with the NNSC mechanic to flag maintenance or mechanical issues that come up through the season.
  • Administration
  • Participate in training sessions as required.
  • Implement live grooming tracking system.
  • Perform trail grooming status updates at the end of each shift
  • Accurate, professional, and timely email management.
  • Accurate timesheet completion and submission to the General Manager according to NNSC policy.
  • Use of flexible time schedules so overtime is kept to a minimum.
  • Participate in the NNSC Board of Directors meetings when required.


  • Knowledge of NNSC Strategic  Plan, goals and objectives, policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the Nelson Nordic trail system, associated activities and events.
  • Knowledge of ‘skier preference’ trail grooming and maintenance best practices.
  • Knowledge of grooming machines and equipment (both operational and maintenance).
  • Knowledge of Nordic race event logistics and associated expectations.
  • Skill and ability to operate a wide range of equipment and machinery including snow grooming machines, quads, snowmobiles, tractors, trucks, chainsaws and brush saws.
  • Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and WHMIS.
  • Ability and willingness to work late night / early morning shifts with delayed starts during forecasted snowfall events.
  • Willingness to work with the general manager, other staff, and the directors to improve the grooming procedures therefore increasing efficiencies and the grooming product.
  • Intermediate skill level preferred in mechanical repair, carpentry and welding.
  • Basic skill level in computer operation and administrative duties.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Class 5 driver’s license

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