Position Description

Nordic Coordinator
Closing Date 12/22/17
Pay Range (MIN) 51,725.95
Pay Range (MAX) 71,883.56
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Added to system:
12/5/17 2:42 PM

Hiring Range: $51,725.95 - $71,883.56 (annual)

Job Title:  Parks Field Supervisor (Nordic Coordinator)

Department:  Parks and Open Space

Classification:  Non-Exempt

Position Summary: Responsible for the operations of the Nordic Trails Program, and assisting the Open Space and Trails program during summer months in operations and maintenance. 

Supervision Exercised and Received:  Works under the general supervision of the Parks Operations Manager or Open Space and Natural Resources Manager. Supervises the Nordic grooming and operations crew members.


Essential Job Functions: 

Nordic Trails Program Management

  • Responsible for the successful management of Pitkin County’s Nordic trails program, known as the Aspen Snowmass Nordic Trail System.  Plans, assigns, supervises and evaluates the work of the Nordic crew personnel.
  • Develop and implement a Nordic management and grooming plan.
  • Assist in the development of the program budget and planning for long range projects, and equipment.
  • Manage the maintenance of Nordic trails fleet of vehicles and grooming equipment. 
  • Responsible for the coordination of Nordic trails with local agencies including the City of Aspen, the Town of Snowmass Village, the Town of Basalt, Aspen Skiing Company and the Roaring Fork Transit Authority. 
  • Responsible for the publishing of website content, grooming reports, and social media advertising.
  • Responsible for trail maintenance equipment and fleet management.  Maintains and recommends updates on the trails management plan.
  • Works as project coordinator for small and medium size projects.
  • Assists the Open Space and Natural Resource Manager in trail easement and trail facilities acquisitions. 
  • Communicates trail use, safety, and etiquette to the public.

Aspen Snowmass Nordic Council Liaison

  • Works as the official liaison to the Aspen Snowmass Nordic Council (ASNC) working to develop strategies regarding the acquisition of trail easements and development of trail facilities through negotiation, communication and consensus building.
  • Assist the ASNC president in the preparation of monthly meetings of the board and implementing the goals and priorities set by the members.
  • Initiate discussions and negotiations with landowners for the purpose of acquiring trail easements identified and approved by the Open Space Board or Nordic Council. 

Nordic Race Director and Special Events

  • Coordinate the Aspen Nordic Festival/Owl Creek Chase and serve as Chief of Course.  Manage all aspects of the Owl Creek Chase including but not limited to event design, marketing, race course preparations, coordination of all agencies and interested parties and landowners. 
  • Coordinates event with the United States Ski and Snowboard Association and FIS.
  • Oversees and coordinates special event use of Nordic trails, including events such as the Bonfire Progressive Dinner, the Aspen Nordic Race Series, Ski for the Pass, as well as other events impacting Nordic trails.


  • Executes leadership and supervision responsibilities through sound judgment, focusing on quality improvement, managing and resolving conflict, fostering a culture of accountability, clearly defining responsibilities and expectations, setting goals, providing motivation and performance feedback, recognizing contributions and encouraging training and development.  Supervises, plans, coordinates, and schedules daily activities of regular full time and temporary staff to ensure coverage for departmental needs.  Provides employee staffing for special events.   


  • Monitors and maintains assigned budget responsibility.  Authorizes purchases and expenditures for assigned department staff. Assists in budget preparation and management.  Assists with the selection of equipment purchases and construction projects.  Monitors and tracks inventory, orders, and purchases supplies to maintain adequate inventory.

Core Competencies Displays the following key competencies in the overall job performance to include knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Knowledge of and ability to use materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of structures as it relates to a Parks and Open Space position.
  • Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective safety operations for the public and the parks trail crews.
  • Knowledge of general business and project management principles and practices as applicable to assigned work.
  • Ability to motivate, develop, and direct people as they work, and identify the best people for a given task.
  • Ability to recognize problems and effectively work independently or with others to reach a viable solution.
  • Ability to conduct tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Ability to coordinate projects for maximum efficiency and monitor progress towards desired objectives.
  • Possesses interpersonal skills including understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, cooperation, concern, and politeness to others and relates well to different people from varied backgrounds and different situations.
  • Ability to communicate concisely and effectively through a variety of methods, such as email, written reports, and verbally.
  • Skill in using public programs and initiatives to maintain good public relations.
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently provide satisfactory customer service and possess ability to take necessary steps to assist customers with their needs.


Minimum Requirements:

Education:  Bachelor’s Degree in Parks, Natural Resource Management, Recreation or related field.

Experience:  Two years of progressively responsible experience working in a ski area environment, preferably in Nordic ski areas.  One year of experience as a snowcat operator or snowmobile groomer.

Technical Knowledge:  Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Licenses & Certifications:  Must possess a valid Colorado driver’s license or be able to obtain one within 30 days of start date.

NOTE: Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required abilities, knowledge and skills as determined by the City of Aspen may be substituted for the requirements above.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Budget management experience
  • Familiarity with simple website maintenance and use of social media for professional marketing.
  • Familiarity with GIS and GPS technologies.

NOTE: This position requires a physical examination upon hire.  Employment is contingent upon satisfactorily passing a physical examination.

NOTE:  This position requires a Criminal Background Check upon hire.  Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.

Position Type and Work Hours: Regular full time, 40-hour work week, Monday through Friday. Hours vary with workload and additional hours may be required.

Evenings/Weekends: Evening meetings will be required in addition to or instead of normal hours.  Weekends will be required in addition to or instead of normal hours during winter grooming and race schedules.

Special Events: May be required to work special events during holiday periods.

On-Call:  May be required to perform on-call duty as needed dependent on emergencies, weather conditions, department staffing needs, and workload. 

Work Environment: 

  • Indoors: Office environment
  • Outdoors: Work is performed outdoors.  Work involves exposure to a variety of temperature and weather conditions. Uses hand tools to perform snow removal. 

Essential Physical

  • Cross country skiing: Routinely cross country skiing to inspect trails and maintain awareness of skiing conditions.  Ability to ski all levels of trail difficulties.
  • Lifting & Carrying: Up to 50 lbs. unassisted such as shoveling snow, equipment, dirt, and hand tools such as shovels, bars and chippers
    • Nordic operations may include the operation of snowmobiles, grooming equipment, trails maintenance machinery, signs, displays, boulders and rocks, trail warning signage.
  • Physical: Reaching, standing, sitting, typing, talking, crouching, kneeling, seeing, driving, and hearing. Position may require removal of snow and ice from walkways, parking lots, roofs and vehicles, including general safety inspection of snow prone areas. Exposure to cold, heat, exhaust, fumes, etc.

This job description is designed to indicate the general nature and level of work.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Duties and responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice.