CAIC (Colorado Avalanche Information Center)
Position: Weather and Avalanche Forecaster, Boulder – Colorado (2017-18 season)
The position collects snow, weather and avalanche data from the field after creating field work plans that include the type and location of data to be collected based on current operational needs and safety concerns. The position must travel between 1 and 100 miles through the winter backcountry on skis, snowshoes or snowmobile and often into complex, steep, terrain at all elevations to make measurements of the structural and thermal state of the snowpack and analyze these results to determine what additional measurements are necessary. The forecaster must be able to evaluate the avalanche hazard at scales appropriate for field work efforts and use terrain to manage the risk of the team.