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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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This is the entry level of the series. In a training capacity, performs a variety of basic weather observation and avalanche control tasks.

Typical Work

Under supervision, records routine weather instrument readings including total interval, storm and 24-hour snow depths, wind speed and direction, air and snow temperature, dew point and humidity, snow crystal classification, and current weather conditions; assists in conduct of snow pit investigations;

Assists with maintenance and utilization of remote weather monitoring equipment; may involve tower climbing, working at heights, and alternating current or low voltage wiring;

Utilizing weather observations, calculates and draws water equivalence, snow density, precipitation intensity, and snow strength diagrams;

Installs, services, and disassembles for maintenance wind and temperature sensing equipment;

Assists with hand placement of high explosives and blasting caps; fires recoilless rifle, avalauncher;

Skis and climbs on mountain slopes to avalanche areas, carrying high explosives and detonators;

Operates snow vehicles and heavy equipment required to transport personnel, equipment, and explosives.

Assists with training activities in avalanche awareness and rescue.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: techniques of traveling and surviving in mountainous terrain under adverse weather conditions.

Ability to: operate over-snow vehicles; ski in difficult terrain with back pack; work effectively under difficult physical and environmental conditions; work as a member of a team accepting supervision and discipline; work long hours in inclement weather.

Legal Requirement(s)

A Washington State Explosives Users License with certification for Avalanche Control must be obtained within the first six months of employment.

A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class B without air brake restriction must be attained within the first six months of employment.

Desirable Qualifications

High school graduation or GED certificate and one year of experience involving ski patrol, snow safety, avalanche control, military gunnery, or explosive demolition work. Satisfactory physical condition as indicated by an agency approved physical examination and physical fatigue examination is required. Must be able to ski advanced terrain in heavy snow and adverse weather, making parallel turns while carrying a loaded pack weighing not less than 25 pounds; must be able to work at heights and when suspended by ropes. Must provide personal skis and cold weather clothing.

Class Specification History

New class, replaces 69000 Avalanche Control Trainee effective January 1, 2006.
Revise class. General revision; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.

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