Teton Backcountry Alliance currently has seven Volunteer Backcountry Ambassadors. These volunteers complement the on-going and outstanding work of Jay Pistono and Mike Penterson, our existing BTNF Teton Pass Ambassadors. TBCA is excited to have this team of community residents and backcountry enthusiasts to help promote our organization’s mission of public safety, community, stewardship, and sustainable access.
Future Volunteer Backcountry Ambassadors
As openings arise, Teton Backcountry Alliance will seek new local skiers and snowboarders to participate in the Volunteer Backcountry Ambassador Program. Selected Ambassadors will work in the Teton Pass corridor and other key locations to convey responsible recreation and safety information to users, provide area orientation, help to manage parking, and assist visitors where needed.
Be experienced and knowledgeable in Teton backcountry winter travel
Have excellent communication skills
Be passionate about informing the public about responsible recreation and the regulations and ethics for using Teton backcountry areas
Have their own backcountry equipment
Have avalanche training at a minimum of Level 1 or the equivalent
Be willing to:
Attend a one-day training/orientation session in December
Meet with the team of ambassadors periodically through the winter to share experiences and receive updates
Volunteer one or more days a week from Thanksgiving to April
Interact with the public in a positive and professional manner
Be self-motivated to work independently and ask questions for clarification and guidance
Provide your basic information – Name, age, mailing address, phone and email, location of residence.
Describe your experience and training relevant to serving as a Volunteer Teton Backcountry Ambassador.
Describe your physical condition and any issues related to heath that may affect your performance as a Backcountry Ambassador.
Briefly describe how you would deal with this situation: You observe a group of three skiers and riders on Teton Pass. They have two dogs off leash and are asking you where they should ski. What would you do and say?
Provide the names and contact information of three people who would serve as references for this position.
Natalee Stimpson (left) engages in a practice beacon search exercise with a member of Teton County Search and Rescue.
Jay Pistono (left) visits with recreationists and motorists atop Teton Pass.