Hill Operations

Posting Date: Mar 28, 2023

Location: Cypress Hills Provincial Park, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Hill Operations 

Job Requisition ID: 33725

Ministry: Forestry, Parks, and Tourism

Location: Cypress Hills Provincial Park (Hidden Valley Ski Resort)

Full or Part-Time: Full-Time

Hours of Work: 40 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Scope: Wage Opportunity

Closing Date: Open till Suitable Candidate Found 

Classification: Maintenance Service Worker 1

About Us

The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/diversity-inclusion-policy.aspx.

We support Albertans in being proud stewards of air, land, water, and biodiversity by leading the work required for the desired environmental outcomes and sustainable development of natural resources. For more information about the Ministry Forestry, Parks, and Tourism please visit our website at: https://www.alberta.ca/forestry-parks-and-tourism.aspx.

To see the geographic area of Regions and locations of Provincial Parks ,  download and review pdf: https://www.albertaparks.ca/media/6492835/alberta-parks-protected-areas-provincial-map.pdf.

Hidden Valley Ski Resort is located in Cypress Hills Provincial Park, (also known as Cypress Hill Interprovincial Park). The Park spans the Southeast corner of Alberta and the Southwest corner of Saskatchewan. The unique landscape of the area contrasts the surrounding prairie landscapes, making it an exciting destination for winter recreation opportunities.

Cypress Hills Provincial Park (CHPP) is home to Hidden Valley Ski Resort (HV) as well as a diverse range of Cross Country Ski Trails. The Ski Resort is located on the Alberta side of the Park, 10 minutes from the town site of Elkwater, AB and 40 min from Medicine Hat, AB. For more information about Hidden Valley Ski Resort, visit https://skihiddenvalley.net/.


Do you enjoy winter outdoor work?  Are you interested in supporting the snowmaking program or the skill hill lift operations at the Hidden Valley Ski Resort in Southern Alberta? We are looking to hire Snowmakers and Hills Operations Staff for the 2022-2023 ski and snowboard season.  

As a Snowmaker, your duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Safe operation of equipment such as snowmobiles, ATV’s, UTV’s and high-pressure water and air lines
  • Handling a variety of snowmaking equipment

As a Lift Operator within the Hills Operations role, your duties will include but are not limited to: 

  • Ensuring excellent guest service
  • Safe operation of ski hill lifts including quad chair, magic carpet, handle tow and T-bar, as well as safe loading and unloading of guests
  • Maintaining lift area including ramps, mazes and buildings
  • Crowd control and ticket checking
  • Assist with snow removal and de-icing walkways and ramps
  • Assist in set-up and cleanup of ski hill facilities
  • May be required to assist in other departments as needed
  • This position primarily works outdoors in variable winter weather conditions and cold temperatures.

This position primarily works outdoors in variable winter weather conditions and cold temperatures and requires you have great physical stamina.



  • Some high school education required


  • Experience operating and maintaining equipment, including snowmaking equipment, as well as general ski hill experience
  • Knowledge of park facilities/services, especially Hidden Valley Ski Resort or at least familiarity with ski hill operations
  • Mechanical skills to assist with maintaining lifts or equipment
  • Good judgment and ability to work well as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. 

This link will assist you with understanding competencies: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/psc-alberta-public-service-competency-model.pdf.

DRIVE FOR RESULTS—to draw from experience and apply changes to work methods to improve performance and achieve outcomes.

AGILITY—to understand the need to incorporate change into work and be open to new ideas while accepting change as part of how work processed need to evolve in order to be effective.

CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING—to assess options and implications in new ways in order to achieve outcomes and solutions.

BUILDING COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENTS—to lead and contribute to the conditions and environment that allow people to work collaboratively and productively to achieve outcomes. 


Based on a 40 hour work week, $19.60 -  $23.57 per hour

Weekend and shift premiums are paid as follows:

  • Evening Shift Differential $2.75/hr
  • Night Shift Differential $5.00/hr
  • Weekend Premium $3.25/hr

Wage employees receive 11.2% in addition to regular wage earnings in lieu of benefits and vacation leave.

  • 5.2 percent of regular wage earnings instead of paid holidays.
  • 6 percent of regular wage earnings instead of annual vacation pay.


  • Shifts are 8 hours a day, up to 40 hours a week.
  • Candidates must be willing to work weekends and holidays, varying start dates from mid-November, 2022 until March 31, 2023, pending end of ski season and operational needs. 
  • Multiple positions are available.
  • Various low cost accommodations are available for rent in Elkwater. 
  • There is no public transportation to the Ski Resort, You must have reliable transportation to and from work. The Ski Resort is located about 10 min from Elkwater and about 40 min from Medicine Hat.

How To Apply

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Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit https://www.alberta.ca/navigating-online-jobs-application.aspx to learn more about creating a candidate profile and other tips for the Government of Alberta’s online application system. 

If you are not currently an employee with the Government of Alberta, the first step in applying for a job is creating your candidate profile within our online application system, click here to access the main log in page where you are able to ‘Create an account’, reset your password (‘Forgot your password’) or ‘Sign In’ should you already have an account. 

Existing employees should access the Career tile in 1GX to submit their application in order to be recognized as an internal applicant. 

Once you have created your candidate profile, visit the Alberta Public Service job site to apply for jobs at https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-jobs.aspx.

Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.  

Resources for applicants:

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) https://www.alberta.ca/iqas-overview.aspx. Applicants are encouraged to include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Closing Statement

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. 

Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted. If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, and/or require a disability related accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Dianna Sidon at Dianna.Sidon@gov.ab.ca

If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check http://www.jobs.alberta.ca for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.