Cross Country Ski Instructor: Part Time Seasonal unitl 04/05/20

Recreation New Paltz, New York



Assist the Ski Manager with meeting specific operational goals, general ski shop procedures, skiing and snowshoeing safety measures.  Teach the sport of cross-country skiing in a safe and effective manner.



  • Maintain safe and pleasant ski environment for the guests. 
  • Promote Mohonk Mountain House’s unique cross-country skiing and snowshoeing experience while interacting with guests. 
  • Properly teach in a safe manner the various techniques of cross-country skiing outside in cold winter conditions.
  • Ski up to six miles per day.
  • Organize and communicate to Ski Manager all information relating to guest needs and potential skiing and snowshoeing events, conditions, problems, or concerns.
  • Record and coordinate all ski lesson reservations. 
  • Responsible for all daily office procedures such as answering the phone, filling out conditions reports, assumption of risk forms, rental equipment sheets, utilizing voice-mail system, etc.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly appearance in the Ski Shop at all times.
  • Organize and maintain a useable rental system for the rental of skiing and snowshoeing equipment.
  • Interact cordially and professionally with all guests and co-workers.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with the ski, skate and activities staff and all other Mohonk Mountain House service staff.
  • Perform minor equipment maintenance to cross country ski rental and snowshoe rental equipment such as binding installation, pole repairs, and snowshoe rivet and decking repairs.
  • Make ski and snowshoe trail recommendations to guests with safety and skier ability being the primary determining factors of each recommendation.
  • Inspect trail conditions and make recommendations for usage and maintenance.
  • Assist with snow maintenance removal of front and rear entrances of the Ski Shop and snow removal on the Boat Dock.
  • Outgoing and friendly personality.
  • Trustworthy, dependable and honest.
  • Work flexible or changing days and hours.
  • Work in a manner that will not endanger self or others.
  • Safely operate a snow blower.
  • Sell merchandise in the Ski Shop.
  • Refill gas cans as needed for snowmobiles.
  • Perform daily cleaning protocols.
  • Work weekends and holidays when needed. 
  • Handle change, adversity, and pressure situations in a calm and levelheaded manner.
  • Inspect the work of others by touch, sight, sound and smell for conformance to prescribed standards.
  • Analyze problems and develop and implement action plans to address problems.
  • Reach with hands and arms, bend, kneel, stoop, twist and flex arms, walk up and down stairs/inclines, sit, climb up/down ladders or stand for up to 5 hours at a time.
  • Lift up to 50 pounds from ground level to waist level and carry a distance of up to 200 feet with/ without assistance.  Walk up to 5 miles per day. Reach areas as high as 8 feet from a standing position with use of a step ladder.
  • See close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Carry a two-way portable radio and earpiece to communicate and provide immediate response to emergency situations. 
  • Speak clearly and in front of groups of people up to 15 people.
  • Performs basic mathematic calculations and cash handling skills.
  • Speak, read and write the English language and communicate in a clear and congenial manner, with our guests, visitors and employees.  Hear verbal instructions, directions and warnings.




  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Possess valid driver’s license.
  • Possess competent skills of cross-country skiing.
  • CPR and First Aid Certification preferred.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.