Mountain Ski Patrol
Recruitment Candidates Program
The interview & orientation session for persons interested in joining the patrol for the 2014/2015 season was held on Sunday, February 9th, 2014, at Wilmot Mountain.
Our candidate class for the 2014-2015 season is now filled. Applications for the 2015-2016 season will be available on this site starting October 1, 2014, for those interested in joining our patrol.
Thank you for your interest in joining the Wilmot Mountain Ski Patrol. Our patrollers are members of the National Ski Patrol and serve Wilmot Mountain throughout the season, seven days a week in 17 duty shifts. Day-time shifts are Monday-Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (9 am – 6 pm during holiday shifts) and Saturday-Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Evening duty shifts cover Monday-Friday, 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Saturday 4:30 pm to 11:00 pm and Sunday 5:30 pm to11:00 pm.
The Wilmot Ski Patrol has twice been awarded the National Outstanding Ski Patrol by the National Ski Patrol and many of our members currently hold and have held positions of leadership at all levels within the NSP organization. Because we continue to strive for a high degree of excellence in all of our patrollers we are selective about the candidates we choose to join our Patrol.
Candidate Application Process:
In order to be considered for our candidate program, interested individuals must submit a completed application (available on this site starting on October 1, 2014). Interested candidates must also attend an interview/orientation session and on-hill assessment. During this time Wilmot Patrollers will discuss our operations, training programs, and answer any questions you may have about the patrol. In addition to the interview/orientation, you will be asked to demonstrate your skiing/snowboarding skills. This on-hill demonstration will be evaluated by our instructors.
Upon completion of your interview and skills demonstration, your application will be reviewed and you will be notified of our decision within approximately two weeks of the try-out date. If you are accepted into the candidate program, you will be asked to provide your social security number to Wilmot area management so that a background check can be completed.
If accepted into the program you will be an incoming candidate for the following winter season. All candidates must complete an Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) certification class and obtain a Professional Rescuer CPR certification prior to the start of their first year of candidacy and on-hill training. Complete information regarding these requirements — as well as other details, such as payment of dues, class fees, books, etc. — will be provided upon notification of acceptance into the program.
Your official on-hill training as a first-year candidate will start shortly after Wilmot has opened for the season (typically in late November). On-hill training (ski/boarding and toboggan handling) will be held throughout your first candidate season and will resume at the start of your second candidate season. The training will conclude with an on-hill skiing/boarding and toboggan handling evaluation which must be passed in order to become an Alpine Patroller.
For more information about joining the Wilmot Ski Patrol please contact:
Lee Anne Stoddart (847-441-8442)
Wilmot Recruiting Advisor
· You must be at least 18 years of age by the start of your candidate season (November 1 or your first candidate year)
· Grant Wilmot Mountain permission to perform a background check using your social security number
· Meet a minimum ski/snowboard skill level. Your skill level will be determined by the PSIA evaluator when you complete your on-hill ski/board demonstration with your interview
Candidate Seasons: 2 winter seasons (mid-November through mid-March of each year):
· CPR: Professional Rescuer:
o Candidacy Year 1: Initial CPR training (one or two evenings) must be completed before the start of the OEC class
o Candidacy Year 2: CPR refresher (one 3-4 hour session) must be completed before the start of your second candidate
· OEC (Outdoor Emergency Care):
o Candidacy Year 1: Two nights a week (typically 6:00pm – 10:00pm) or every Saturday (typically 9:00am – 4:00pm) for 10-12 consecutive weeks
o Candidacy Year 2: OEC refresher (one 7-8 hour day) to be completed before the start of your second season. NOTE: OEC refreshers are conducted by the NSP division/region at scheduled dates/times. In year 2, candidates will complete the OEC refresher along with other Wilmot patrollers
· Hill Training:
The on-hill training for candidates will take place over two seasons, with ski improvement and initial toboggan handling the first season, and completed toboggan training the second season.
o Candidacy Year 1: One night a week, 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm, December through February
o Candidacy Year 2: Training (December through February)
Additional evenings may be scheduled due to inclement weather or insufficient snow.
· Duty Shift: 1 shift /week. You will be assigned a duty shift during your first candidate season. All attempts will be made to accommodate your schedule
· Annual Refreshers
o CPR (Professional Rescuer): one 3-4 hour session
o OEC: one 7-8 hour session
o On-Hill Chair Evacuation: one 1-2 hour session
o Snowmobile refresher: one 1 hour session
· Duty Day: 1 shift / week. Your duty shift will be assigned but all attempts will be made to accommodate your schedule
· Hours: 80 hour minimum. Your first full season after passing the on-hill evaluation is probationary
· Electives: Optional Education programs to improve your first-aid and skiing skills as a patroller
Monetary Commitment (Subject to change):
· Class Fee: $60.00
· Books: $86.00
· Dues: $71.00
· Miscellaneous Supplies: $55.00
After your Candidate Season:
· Uniform: $100.00 - $500.00. Parka and First-Aid belt or First-Aid Vest with black jacket, black Ski Pants. (Purchased when hill training is completed).
· Dues: $71.00 (National $50.00+ Division $13.00 + Wilmot $8.00).