Devil’s Thumb Ranch: Three Full Time Positions Available

FasterSkierSeptember 1, 2011


Nordic Instructor- Full Time Seasonal

We are currently hiring Nordic Instructors for the upcoming winter season.

Responsibilities include

  • Teach Nordic classic and skate lessons to groups and individuals
  • Ensure a high level of guest service and safety
  • Assist with rental fittings, retail sales, and provide knowledge about services offered throughout the Ranch


  • Must be in good physical condition and able to work outside in cold winter conditions
  • Must have previous Nordic instructing experience
  • Retail sales and customer service experience preferred.

This position begins in November and ends in mid-April.


Trails Crew Member- Full Time Year round

We are currently seeking a Full Time Year-Round Trails Crew Member to begin in August.   The Trails Crew Member will assist the Outdoor Program Manager in maintaining, developing and managing all aspects of our multi-use trail system.

Responsibilities include

  • Maintain grooming of Nordic ski and snowshoe trails, including monitoring snow quality and quantity.
  • Maintain grooming equipment through thorough inspections to ensure it is in proper working order. Check fluid levels, bolts, belts, crossbars, track tension, etc.
  • Perform minor equipment repairs on grooming equipment
  • Assist Activities Center in all the preparation, coordination and execution of all activities programs and special events.   
  • Snow shoveling and labor intensive grounds work.
  • Assist in ice rink development and maintenance.
  • Assist with irrigation of agriculture meadows and forestry management.
  • Assist with planning summer activities such as trail maintenance or construction
  • Communicate daily trail conditions and weather reports to activities center staff and update website with pertinent information.
  • Communicate and cross-train in other departments in order to work effectively on the trail system.


  • High School Diploma required. College Education preferred but not required.
  • Minimum of 21 years of age.
  • Possess a valid Driver’s license and a clean driving record.
  • Basic First Aid and CPR desired, as well as willingness to assist in medical emergencies.
  • Prior Nordic Grooming experience preferred.
  • Must be able to work a varying schedule, to include early morning shifts, weekends, and holidays
  • Must be able to work in extreme and variable weather conditions
  • This is a VERY physical job position and requires a person of excellent health able to stand, walk, and lift items up to 50 lbs.


Activities Center Assistant Manager- Full Time Year round

We are currently accepting applications for an Activities Center Assistant Manager.   This is a full-time year round position to start in September.  This position is open to both internal & external applicants at this time.  The Assistant manager is responsible for assisting in the supervision and department over-site in the Activities Center (aka. Zach’s Mercantile).  Main responsibilities are to assist with inventory, paperwork, training of staff, and ensuring a high level of guest service at all times.  The Assistant Manager will coordinate, direct, and manage day to day operations in the absence of the Activities Manager, to include retail & rental operations and summer & winter programs.

Additional responsibilities include

  • Coordinate and supervise inventory to include purchasing, ordering and cost control of retail items, food, clothing, ski equipment, rentals, etc
  • Train staff on an ongoing basis on job duties, retail/rental up selling, guest service standards, and shopper report standards
  • Assist the department manager with: scheduling, payroll, supervising, and mentoring of the Activities staff
  • Help in organizing and facilitating all summer and winter events including races, ski sales, meetings, retreats, and festivals in conjunction with Activities Manager and the Group Services Manager
  • Maintain a visible presence in the activities center and on the floor by working alongside employees to help serve guests


  • General knowledge of cross-country skiing, fly-fishing and mountain biking desired.
  • Must demonstrate a high-level of organizational skills, and be proficient with numbers and computer programs.
  • Management/supervisory experience is strongly desired.
  • Must demonstrate a willingness to work long hours and a varied schedule.
  • Knowledge of Point of Sale terminals and inventory management software preferred.
  • Merchandising and retail sales experience is strongly desired.
  • Ability to work flexible, demanding hours most of which may occur on your feet (ie. standing and/or walking)
  • This position does require acquiring knowledge of the DTR trail system, and therefore requires someone of good health able to Nordic ski, Mountain bike, Snowshoe, and/or hike the DTR trails.

Benefits include:

  • Health Insurance with life insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • 401K with 50% company matching
  • Paid Time off & Sick Time
  • Paid Holidays
  • Discounts throughout the property
Apply for one of these positions here.

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