Help Wanted: Seasonal outdoor and more jobs at Catamount
Catamount Mountain Resort
Located in Egremont, as well as New York state — 78 Catamount Road, Hillsdale, NY 12529
413-528-1262, 518-325-3200, catamountski.com
Interview with June Roy-Martin, Catamount human resource manager
Positions: Five or so full- and part-time summer jobs, including adventure park monitors and hosts, sales associates, zip line guides, and Berkshire River Outfitters guides and livery operators.
Pay: Jobs that require the least skill and experience start at minimum wage. Higher wages — about $13 to $15 per hour — are possible for more advanced jobs.
Schedule: Flexible. Some positions will offer regular weekly schedules, while others will have changing schedules posted by managers. People should be ready to work weekends.
Benefits: Discounts and free passes.
The right candidate will be: A "people person" with good listening skills, who is active and able to work on a team in an outdoor environment.
"You have to want to be in the 'fun business,'" said June Roy-Martin, Catamount human resource manager. "You have to want to be someplace where people are coming in to be outdoors in the mountains and trying different activities — that kind of thing."
Certificate/degree needed: A person does not need a college degree to qualify for these jobs, though certification in CPR and first aid is required for some.
A van driver needs to have a "DOT," a federal medical card declaring that a person is healthy enough to drive for work.
Certificates in whitewater rafting or zip lining, especially those granted by a recognized or national organization, are a big plus.
How to get licensed/certified: Greenfield Community College has a 10-month outdoor leadership program that offers certification in wilderness first response; rock climbing, canoeing and kayaking instruction, and challenge course practitioner. Tuition and fees for these certificate programs start around $10,500.
Zoar Outdoor in Charlemont regularly runs two- to five-day certification clinics throughout the year with classes starting around $400. Taking the certification exam costs about $280. Certifications are offered in whitewater, river kayak and stand-up paddle instructing among others.
Just about any licensed medical examiner can conduct a DOT physical wellness test.
Organizations such as the American Red Cross, Fairview Hospital and YMCA offer CPR and first-aid training courses at a cost of $70 to $100. Training can be completed in as little as one day.
Training: Everyone receives some sort of training, for which they are compensated. Some training is more intense than others. Zip-line operators, for instance, take two days of training on how to assist guests, as well as first-aid and CPR refreshers.
Send tips about open positions in the Berkshires to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reach Kristin Palpini at email@example.com, @kristinpalpini.
TALK TO US
If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.