Working the slopes.
BLS does not collect data on ski patrollers specifically. According to anecdotal information, however, positions are flexible and are filled by volunteers, part-time employees, and full-time employees. Obviously, the work is seasonal: Patrollers work only when resorts are open for ski season.
The best way to find work as a patroller is to check for openings with individual ski resorts. Applicants must pass an ability test and may have to meet other requirements determined by individual patrols. The nature and difficulty of these assessments may vary, but prospective patrollers should be strong skiers or snowboarders. Most ski resorts also require patrollers to have emergency care certification, available through the National Ski Patrol service.
Contact the National Ski Patrol for more information. Write to 133 South Van Gordon Street, Suite 100, Lakewood, Colorado 80228; call (303) 988-1111; or visit www.nsp.org. (For snow enthusiasts interested in learning about another occupation on the slopes, see "You're a what? Avalanche forecaster," in the winter 2006-4)700Q and online at www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2006/winter/yawhat.pdf.
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|Publication:||Occupational Outlook Quarterly|
|Date:||Dec 22, 2007|
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