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Winter Staff Instructor

 Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (DSES) seeks qualified full and part-time Adaptive Ski/Snowboard Instructors for the 2023/24 winter season! Adaptive Instructors coach guests on a daily basis as well as assist in instructor training and other areas of our organization. Both full and part-time positions start November 1, 2023 and last through April 2024. Working as an Adaptive Instructor is fun, challenging and incredibly rewarding all at once. If you want to make a difference in people’s lives, please read on! 

The ideal candidate will have experience teaching skiing and/or snowboarding to the general public as well as experience working with individuals with disabilities. The majority of hours will be spent on alpine ski equipment. PSIA or AASI Level 1 certification(s) are highly preferred; please apply even if you do not have these so we can talk about options that may work. Candidates must be willing to take a background screen and complete SafeSport training. 

Knowledge & Skills 

A commitment to DSES’s mission and values 

Highly motivated to work in an inclusive environment providing services for people with disabilities 

▪ Self-starter and problem solver 

Strong communication skills with a variety of audiences and ability to adapt to the guest 

A flexible, patient, and curious demeanor 

Comfortable teaching a variety of skill levels on alpine skis (mandatory) as well as beginning levels of snowboarding (preferred) 

▪ Some experience teaching or guiding preferred, but not required 

Education & Work Experience 

• Experience working with non-profit organizations and volunteers appreciated 

• Experience working with people with disabilities preferred 

• Basic first aid and CPR certification required 

• PSIA/AASI Alpine/Adaptive/Snowboard Level 1 or higher preferred 

• Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record preferred 

• Experience driving a passenger truck preferred 

• Experienced in basic ski maintenance preferred 

Physical Requirements 

Ability to stand and work in a physically demanding winter environment teaching in all conditions 

Comfort being physically active for up to six hours daily 

Ability to safely lift 50 lbs in full winter ski gear 

Core Responsibilities 

  • Instruct adaptive lessons and facilitate outdoor recreation experiences 
  • Maintain adaptive equipment in good working order 
  • Maintain equipment and parts inventories 
  • Assist in coordinating program logistics and supplies for lessons and multi-day camps 
  • Assist staff in administrative tasks including volunteer and athlete outreach, daily lesson scheduling, program planning, and volunteer management 


  • Ski pass to Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain 
  • Discount on food in cafeteria while working 
  • Equipment stipend 
  • Housing is available to full-time staff at reasonable rates 
  • 401(k) with competitive match available after full season 
  • Two paid holidays for full time instructors 
  • Training in techniques for coaching and supporting athletes with disabilities 
  • Opportunity to gain relevant instructor certifications 

Position Title: Winter Staff Instructor 

Reports to: Operations Supervisor 

Status: Full/Part Time Seasonal 

Compensation: $20 to $25 /hour, depending on experience/certifications 

Supervises: None 

Start Date: November 1, 2023 

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