Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area Has Two Job Opportunities Available This Fall

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Our Hiring Practices

Tahoe XC is committed to inclusive excellence by striving to advance equity and diversity in all that we do. We encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

To support those seeking equality and the Black Lives Matter movement, we have updated our hiring practices in 3 ways:

  1. Focus on skills versus years of related experience
  2. No longer require a Bachelor’s degree for applicants
  3. Ask prospective employees to write a Diversity Statement

What’s a Diversity Statement?

A Diversity Statement is a personal essay that explains how your past experiences have contributed to your personal and professional growth. It may include your values related to diversity, your experiences working with diverse populations, and your future plans related to inclusivity.

We hope these improved hiring practices help us do a better job of promoting nature and outdoor recreation, especially Nordic skiing, to more diverse populations. We hope to encourage our community members to think more deeply about how we are experiencing and understanding diversity, especially in the outdoors.

How to Apply

Scroll down to see current openings. If the job you are seeking is not posted, we encourage you to contact us anyways. We will keep your application on file and contact you when future positions are available. View instructions on How to Apply.

Current Job Openings

Note: the right applicant may be qualified to fill more than one position, combining two positions into one.

Junior Development Team Coach

posted 7/22/2020
Applications due August 19, 2020
Start date is September 15, 2020

TITLE: Junior Development Team Coach, XC Ski
DEPARTMENT: Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Education Association
REPORTS TO: Programs Coordinator
PART-TIME: 15hrs/week average
HOURLY: $20-$25; depending upon experience

Position Summary

The Junior Development (Devo) Team Coach is responsible for coaching young Nordic ski athletes ages 11-18 and developing Nordic ski skills through physical training, and technical and mental development. The team operates year-round in Tahoe City, CA, with Nordic ski training in winter and dryland training in summer. The Devo Team Coach is responsible for implementing the fun-meter, ensuring safety, managing schedules and training programs, and overseeing program development.

Essential Duties

Devo Team Coaching

  • Foster a positive, inclusive, and cohesive environment between athletes and coaches to foster a lifelong love for the sport of Nordic skiing and being outdoors
  • Facilitate on-snow and dry-land training sessions, training camps, summer/fall programs, and winter ski training sessions in accordance with Tahoe XC guidelines
  • Understand and implement age-appropriate, sports-related activities including weekly workouts for Devo Team participants
  • Develop and implement specific athlete training programs that include, but are not limited to yearly plan, technical training, fitness training, waxing techniques, goal setting, nutrition, physical testing, equipment selection, and competition planning
  • Assist athletes with competition preparation, which includes planning, rule changes, equipment checks, wax techniques, and logitis of competitions
  • Make recommendations to Regional Coaches for athletes who are ready to move up to higher level programs
  • Assist with organization of local, national, and international competitions at Tahoe XC as assigned

Program Development

  • Assist in developing links between TCCSEA youth programs to create bridges between Devo Team and other TCCSEA programs
  • Coordinate Devo Team training with North Tahoe High/Middle School Coaches, Far West Divisional Coaches, and Regional Club Teams
  • Coordinate team budget with Program Coordinator, provide timely and accurate accounting of team-related expenses, and adhere to approved budget
  • Assist with fundraising and events as assigned
  • Collaborate on recruitment opportunities for programs, such as school outreach, and after-school programs

Organization & Communication

  • Regularly communicate with Program Coordinator
  • Ensure weekly program communications are delivered in a timely manner to parents and athletes
  • Assist with parent orientation at the beginning of each season
  • Be available to meet and communicate with parents at the beginning and end of each training session and outside of practice via phone or email
  • Ensure travel plans are communicated a minimum of two weeks prior to trips
  • Report and document incidents or accidents to parents and the Program Coordinator


  • Manage promotional plans, website updates, blog updates, images, social media, press, under management of Marketing & Content Manager
  • Manage social media platforms, under supervision of Marketing & Content Manager


  • Nordic ski race experience with extensive knowledge of classic and skate technique
  • Coaching experience preferred

Required Certifications

  • Valid (stat) driver’s license; clean record; experience towing a trailer helpful
  • CPR/First Aid certification (may be acquired after hire)
  • Level 100 USSA Cross-Country Certification preferred
  • Applicant will be required to submit to a background check prior to final job offer

Environmental Working Conditions

  • Most work is conducted at Tahoe XC, outside
  • Some travel is required; some remote work is permitted
  • Ability to work outdoors in all temperatures and weather extremes
  • Ability to lift 25+ pounds
  • Ability to drive Team 15-passenger van

Physical and Mental Requirements

Demonstrated ability to:

  • Maintain a high energy level
  • Be comfortable performing multi-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities
  • Be comfortable lifting 25 pounds and perform duties such as shoveling and some property maintenance

How to Apply.

Program Coordinator

posted 7/28/2020
Applications due September 15, 2020.
Start date is October 15th, 2020.

TITLE: Program Coordinator
DEPARTMENT: Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Education Association (TCCSEA)
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
FULL-TIME: 32-40hrs/week average, year-round position
SALARY: Depends on experience, plus benefits

Position Summary

Tahoe Cross-Country is seeking a Program Coordinator to oversee all youth programs, which focus on outdoor education, sports, health, fitness, leadership and character development for kids ages 4-18. To be a great fit for this role, applicants should have a passion for outdoor education and youth development. A background in Nordic skiing is a plus. This is a full-time position located in Tahoe City, California, with a start date of October 15, 2020.

Essential Duties

  • Develop strategic growth plan for existing youth programs
  • Update data management systems
  • Take lead role in hiring head coaches & assist with hiring supplemental staff
  • Supervise the performance of program coaches, staff, and volunteers
  • Ensure productive, healthy, and safe work environment for staff and participants
  • Support coaches with equipment, transportation, and organizational needs
  • Uphold and establish policies and procedures for program operations
  • Manage Scholarship & Coaches Grant application cycle

Development Work

  • Maintain/develop partnerships that promote youth involvement with partnering nonprofits
  • Develop sustainable revenue streams through fundraising and community outreach
  • Write quality program grant applications; manage and track grant and project partner agreement budgets
  • Implement annual budget per program
  • Use data to inform program design improvements and decisions
  • Manage Scholarship & Coaches Grant fundraising efforts


  • Communicate clearly in person and via email
  • Work closely with Marketing & Content Manager to promote programs and events



  • Group leadership skills
  • Sensitivity to the needs of the families and local community
  • Ability to handle confidential information
  • Understanding of Human Resource principles


  • Demonstrate ability to effectively manage budgets and control expenses
  • Communication: informing, listening, presenting, writing
  • Decision Making: analyzing, innovating
  • Developing Organizational Talent: delegating, coaching
  • Development Work: fundraising, networking, generating revenue
  • Leadership: team building, leading by example, managing people
  • Personal Initiative: organizational awareness, striving for excellence, professional development
  • Planning: action planning, organizing, monitoring
  • Relationship: teamwork, conflict management
  • Safety, Health and Environment Skills: supporting a safe environment
  • Nordic ski experience is recommended but not required.


  • 32-40 hours a week
  • Flexibility to make your own schedule, depending upon the season
  • Some remote work possible; however, main duties require on-site work in Tahoe City
  • Full-time position

Required Certifications

  • CPR and first aid certifications (can be certified upon hire)
  • Valid (state) driver’s license
  • Meet the eligibility of insurance company regulations for operating TCCSEA vehicle(s)
  • Applicant will be required to submit to a background check prior to final job offer

Environmental Working Conditions

  • Most work is conducted at Tahoe XC, indoors and outside
  • Some travel is required
  • Some remote work is permitted

Physical and Mental Requirements

Demonstrated ability to:

  • Maintain a high energy level
  • Be comfortable performing multi-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities
  • Be comfortable lifting 25 pounds and perform duties such as shoveling and some property maintenance

How to Apply.

Sales Associate & Instructor

posted 7/28/2020
Rolling application period

TITLE: Sales Associate & Instructor
DEPARTMENT: Tahoe Cross-Country
REPORTS TO: Operations Manager
FULL- or PART-TIME: winter seasonal (Nov-May), hours are flexible
HOURLY: $13-$15, depending on experience

Position Summary

The Sales Associate & Instructor position works in the Tahoe XC Nordic ski shop located in Tahoe City, Ca. Responsibilities include greeting customers, answering questions, fitting rental gear (ski boots, skis, poles, snowshoes) for kids and adults, selling ski passes, merchandising, and providing helpful information about our trail systems and the general Tahoe area. You will also be responsible for processing payments and customer refunds courteously and professionally, as well as assisting with overall ski lodge operations and maintenance. Additional responsibilities include cleaning, stocking, waxing skis, organizing rental area, and (if qualified) providing Nordic ski instructions during group and private lessons.

To be a great fit for this role, applicant should have a passion for Nordic skiing. This can be a full-time or part-time seasonal position, with start and end dates ranging from November to May.

Essential Dutes

Customer Service

  • Greet visitors, answer incoming phone calls, and deliver world-class service to our customers
  • Assist customers with rental gear, retail items, cafe items, and trail map information
  • Use POS system for purchases and returns
  • Informing customers about ski trails, snow conditions, lesson times, how to use equipment, and general winter recreation and safety
  • Work with staff and instructors to ensure maximum productivity

Rental & Retail Shop

  • Merchandise, stock, and tidy retail store, rental area, and cafe area
  • Maintain overall cleanliness and standards of ski lodge, office, and facilities
  • Upkeep winter lodge by clearing snow with snowblower and shovels, moving firewood, and keeping fire stoked
  • Perform rental area duties such as waxing skis, organizing gear, cleaning boots, etc.
  • Complete tasks assigned by the Executive Director and Operations Manager accurately and efficiently

Environmental Working Conditions

  • Most work is conducted at Tahoe XC, inside and outside
  • Ability to work outdoors in all temperatures and weather extremes
  • Ability to lift 25+ pounds

Physical & Mental Requirements

Demonstrated ability to:

  • Maintain a high energy level
  • Be comfortable performing multi-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities, which may involve occasional stooping, kneeling, crouching, and climbing ladders
  • Be comfortable lifting 40 pounds, move firewood, drive a snowmobile, use a snowblower, shovel snow, wax skis, make minor ski repairs, etc. May occasionally involve stooping, kneeling, crouching, and climbing ladders.

Nordic Ski Instructor

Applicants with Nordic ski experience will be considered for the additional position of Nordic ski instructor. We are willing to train the right candidate if interested but have limited experience. Being a ski instructor is not a required part of this job.


  • Able to offer excellent customer service, which means being friendly, understanding, and willing to work in busy conditions while maintaining a happy attitude
  • Ability to multitask, while being attentive to customers and remaining flexible to the complex and ever-changing needs of the business
  • Willing to work as part of a team
  • Eager to take initiative independent of direct supervision
  • Enthusiastic, friendly and energetic with a genuine desire to provide outstanding customer service
  • Available to work a variety of hours, which may include early mornings, evenings, and weekend shifts
  • Stay up to date on sales, events and company activities
  • Proficient communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to read, write and effectively communicate with customers, peers and management
  • Have excellent telephone etiquette

How to Apply.

How to Apply

Thank you for interest in working with Tahoe XC! To apply, please email the following 4 documents as email attachments (PDF, .doc, .docx) to ben@tahoexc.org:

  • Resume/CV
  • 1-page Cover Letter indicating how your experience has prepared you for this job
  • 1- to 3-page Diversity Statement, indicating how your work and/or life philosophy and practices promote diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion in sports and in the broader community
  • Names and contact information of 3 professional references

Application Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Prior to a final offer, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, SafeSport certification and criminal background check.

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At-Will Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination, directly or indirectly, on the basis of race, gender, color, national origin, religion, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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