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Avalanche Specialist (Transportation Technician Senior)

Posting Begin Date: 2024/04/11
Posting End Date: 2024/06/11
Category: Transportation
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Lowman, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 24.50
Maximum Salary: 26.00
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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NOTICE: Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date. If you are a current or temporary State of Idaho employee you MUST apply through your internal Luma account.

Come work in a challenging avalanche environment for a dynamic cutting edge agency. If you are a career minded, motivated Avalanche Specialist this may be the career for you!

This position will be located in Lowman, Idaho. Statewide travel will be required depending on weather and avalanche conditions.

Please note: This position requires a criminal background check.

Example of Duties

Responsibilities for Avalanche Specialist: 

  • Avalanche forecasting and mitigation for Idaho Highways
  • Maintain weather instrumentation and explosive systems
  • Provide avalanche education for highway maintenance workers
  • Summer duties vary with need

This is a full time, year round position. The months of November through May are the busy season for this position, expect periods of long hours and limited flexibility. Shift flexibility and extended time off is possible between mid-May through November

Minimum Qualifications

  • Licensure: Valid driver's license.
  • Good knowledge of: Computer systems and applications used in engineering/construction and maintenance.

Experience: using engineering plans, specifications, maps, charts and/or GIS data; providing direction and training on highway maintenance or construction inspection to others; identifying and organizing appropriate materials and equipment for maintenance or construction projects.

Minimum Qualification Specialty:

Must Possess current certification from the American Avalanche Association standards compliant Level I, II & III certifications or Canadian equivalent, and at least five (5) years experience of highway maintenance activities where avalanche forecasting control duties were a primary responsibility.

Desired Qualifications:

5 years operational avalanche experience

Completion of a level 2 avalanche course

Excellent physical condition:

  • Expert alpine skier
  • Expert ski mountaineering skills
  • WFR or equivalent certification
  • Excellent communication skills with diverse audiences
  • Comfortable in high stress situations
  • Adaptable to changing conditions and work needs

NOTICE:  This annoucement will close once a candidate is selected. 


    The State of Idaho offers a robust total compensation package, including medical, vision, and dental insurance; PERSI retirement benefits; paid sick, vacation, and parental leave; and 11 paid holidays per year. For additional information related to benefits and/or State programs, please visit*


    The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

    The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

    Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.