Help Wanted: Seasonal outdoor and more jobs at Catamount

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Catamount Mountain Resort

Located in Egremont, as well as New York state — 78 Catamount Road, Hillsdale, NY 12529

413-528-1262, 518-325-3200,

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.

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"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 Reach Kristin Palpini at, @kristinpalpini.


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