Jobs Snowmaking Team Lead


$16 - $18/hour


Mt. Crescent Ski Area; 17026 Snowhill Lane, Honey Creek

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Pottawattamie County Conservation is announcing the hiring of full-time seasonal Snowmaking Team Lead(s). This position will run through the duration of the ski season. 

Individual(s) in this position will perform general mechanical work in inspection, maintenance, and repairs of specialized equipment, machinery, and snowmaking machines for the ski area. Operate snowmaking machinery and supervise snowmaking team members with direction from the Site Manager. Assist Maintenance Manager with various tasks as needed and when available. Work will be performed under supervision of the Site Manager.

Essential Functions

Monitor, maintain, repair, and make necessary improvements to various machinery such as pumps, generators, snowcats, snowmaking machines, snowmaking sticks, as required by manufacturer's specifications.


Complete and maintain a written record of the maintenance services performed on each piece of equipment.


Supervise snowmaking team members in the operations of snowmaking at all hours. Coordinate with Site Manager to facilitate snowmaking efforts in an efficient and effective way. 


Assist with chair lift operations including moving snow, operating chair lifts, and know how to use safety start and stop procedures.


Be able to safely move generators, snowmaking machines, hoses, and electrical extension cables around ski area as needed.


Ability to work with others at all times of day or night as needed to produce snow.


Assist in daily preventative maintenance inspections on snowmobiles, pickup truck, UTV, skid steer, snowmaking machines, booster pumps, and carriages.


Perform snow and ice control including running snowcat to grade and groom snow, assist in clearing sidewalks, fill ramps on lifts at both loading and unloading areas with snow.


Assist with operation and maintenance of specialized machinery including chair lifts, snowmaking machines, snowcats, and snowmobiles.


Adequately communicate all aspects of maintenance and snowmaking to the Site Manager.


Disassemble, repair, and reassemble operating parts of snowmaking machines, pumps, motors and assist with chair lifts, snowmaking equipment and other various pieces of equipment.

Essential Knowledge, Experience, and Ability

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Ability to understand and follow both oral and written instructions.

Knowledge of standard practices, methods, tools and materials of the mechanical trades and ski industry.

Ability to use bench and hand tools, machines, and equipment of mechanical trades.

Must be willing and able to operate as part of a team and at times assist with duties of other team members.

Strong mechanical and electrical aptitude.

Skills to be able to assist in troubleshooting and repair any ski hill machinery.

Work as a team and can foster a positive, fun, and safe work environment.

Essential Education, Certification, and/or Licenses

High School Diploma or GED.

Must be eighteen (18) years old at the time of hire.

Must be reliable, punctual and have own transportation.

Previous experience working at a ski area with chair lifts, snowmaking machines, snowmobiles, and snowcats highly preferred.

Must be able to work in a cold environment for extended periods of time.

Flexibility to work early mornings, overnights, weekends, and holidays

A career with Pottawattamie County was appealing to me because I want to make a difference in the community I live. Relaying important information and sharing exciting news on positive things happening around the county is very rewarding.

Craig, PR Manager
Human Resources
1 Years with Pottawattamie County