NENSA Member Club/Team Job Openings:
HELP WANTED: STOWE NORDIC BKL YOUTH COACH
Stowe Nordic is seeking a head coach to run the BKL Youth Ski Program for the winter of 2021-2022. The Stowe Nordic BKL Youth Ski Program meets twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday and serves a maximum of 40 kids each session. The program is for kids ages 5-12, from beginners to those with several years of skiing experience. Responsibility includes organizing practices and overseeing parent/coaches with carrying out fun and safe activities or kids who are learning how to ski. The focus is on basic skill development and fun.
Programming starts on Tuesday, December 14th, and runs until March, with a few breaks for holidays. Afternoon sessions are from 3:00PM to 4:30PM plus prep and break-down time and any other special events.
The ideal candidate:
1) Is knowledgeable about skiing
2) Loves working with kids and has lots of energy and enthusiasm
3) Is organized and can maintain order in chaotic settings
4) Consistent availability during the scheduled practice times
5) A positive, team-focused attitude
6) Can adapt on the fly to adjust for inclement weather and other unexpected obstacles
Applicants should contact [email protected] by October 25, 2021, and are encouraged to reach out with questions. Compensation based upon experience.
Portland Nordic Seeks Bill Koch League Program Coordinator
Portland Nordic is a nonprofit §501(c)(3) organization that promotes healthy and active lifestyles in greater Portland, Maine through the sport of Nordic skiing. We run the majority of our programming, including the Bill Koch League (BKL) and a Middle School Program, at the Riverside Golf Course where we assist the City of Portland with grooming and trail maintenance. BKL is a regional youth ski program named after Bill Koch, the first U.S. Olympic medalist in cross-country skiing.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Our BKL program, for youth in grades K-8, places an emphasis on fostering a love for the sport. Participants in our learn-to-ski program, which meets Saturday mornings from 9-11, will develop skills such as coordination, agility, and balance taught through a variety of games and activities. Above all else, we strive to create a fun, low-key environment, but there may be a few racing opportunities for those interested in experiencing competition.
POSITION: Portland Nordic is looking for an organized and energetic Bill Koch League Program Coordinator. This is a stipended position at $1,500 for the season.
RESPONSIBILITIES: We rely on our generous and enthusiastic volunteer base to help ensure that our programs run smoothly. Participants are broken up into age groups, all of which must be accompanied by adult volunteers. We rely on volunteers to help manage gear, as well as ensure a smooth check-in/check-out process at each session.
The BKL Program Coordinator will provide communications and guidance to our volunteers in advance of the season, as well as before each Saturday morning session. On-snow volunteer coaches will need assistance developing practice plans for any given group. There are a number of other volunteer opportunities throughout the season, including check-in/check-out, gear management, and special event support, so the Program Coordinator may delegate tasks as needed. The Program Coordinator will also maintain participant records and communicate with parents and guardians on a weekly basis. This may include communicating with parents and families around COVID protocols.
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:
Passion for Nordic skiing – Basic knowledge is preferred, but if you are eager and willing to learn, we’ll help you!
Experience with volunteer coordination/management preferred
Excellent planning, organizational, and communication skills (both written and verbal) are critical
Consistent availability on Saturday mornings during the season is a must
Must be able to adapt on short notice, as programs must be adjusted for inclement weather and unforeseen circumstances
Must be self-motivated and able to work independently
Opportunity to coach at annual BKL festival
This position is expected to run approximately November 1, 2021 – March 15, 2022, with some flexibility on start and end dates. This is an excellent opportunity to build relationships within the Nordic skiing community of Greater Portland.
COMPENSATION: The Bill Koch League Program Coordinator will receive a stipend of $1,500.
TO APPLY: If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Portland Nordic Board Member Olivia Orr ([email protected]) by October 15, 2021.
Middlesex School Assistant Coach, Nordic Skiing
Middlesex School seeks a highly qualified Assistant Coach for the Girls’ and Boys’ Nordic Ski program for the winter season of 2021-22. Middlesex is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding secondary school of 400 students located in Concord, Massachusetts. For more information about Middlesex, please visit our website at: www.mxschool.edu
The Nordic Ski Assistant Coach will be responsible for supporting the Head Coach in all aspects of the program, have some Nordic skiing experience with both Classic and skate techniques, assist with dry land and on-snow XC ski training, assist with ski prep and waxing (previous experience helpful but not necessary), and attend all daily practices and competitions.
Seasonal practices will run from the week after Thanksgiving through the first week in March. Practices are usually held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from roughly 3:30-5:30pm, with competition days on Wednesdays and, occasionally, Fridays. Some Saturdays will be off days according to the school schedule and Sundays are always off days. There is a two-week break for Christmas where there is no formal practice held. The team is planning a three-day camp just prior to the return of classes in early January to be held in New England, and plans are snow dependent.
Ideal candidates should have an outgoing and enthusiastic coaching persona, enjoy working with the high school age population and demonstrate a willingness to learn new coaching and training techniques as the program grows. They will also be comfortable modeling the philosophies and values associated with the program, building positive relationships with a roster of roughly 20 girls and boys from grades 9-12, and supporting with race-day management in a professional manner. They will also be organized, dependable, punctual, strong communicators, and actively maintain a positive environment that is appropriate and safe- physically, psychologically, and emotionally- for all involved.
This is a part-time seasonal position, and a competitive salary will be commensurate to qualifications and experience. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
Please send resume materials (pdf), including three references, and expressed interest via email to: Ken Risley, Director of Athletics, Middlesex School, 1400 Lowell Road, Concord, MA 01742 [email protected]
Middlesex School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Middlesex School does not discriminate against any employee or applicant based on race, religion, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or pregnancy-related conditions, age, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
Fort Kent Outdoor Center – Venue Manager
FKOC has an immediate opening for a Venue Manager. This position will require 20-25 hr/week and will require flexible hours including some nights and weekends.
Duties to include the following
- Maintain and increase membership
- Oversee programming
- Solicit events
- Venue development
- Maintain facilities
- Must be reliable
- Must have excellent communication skills
- Flexibility is a must as events/programs may dictate work time
- Strong customer service skills and attention to detail
- Must be self-motivated and able to work independently
- Must be able to perform light maintenance work around the venue, must be able to lift 50 pounds occasionally and must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
Salary commensurate with experience
Candidates are subject to a background check. Interested applicants may send cover letter and resume to: Fort Kent Outdoor Center, 33 Paradis Circle, POB 54, Fort Kent Maine 04743 or
Email to: Carl Theriault, [email protected]
This position may have the possibility of combining with Nordic ski coaching for the person with that background to become a full time position.
Ford Sayre Ski Club Seeks Nordic Assistant Coach
Ford Sayre Memorial Ski Council is a 501(c3) established in 1950 to promote the sport of skiing in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire and is one of the few clubs in the nation that supports Nordic, Jumping and Alpine programs under one umbrella. Ford Sayre Nordic skis at Oak Hill in Hanover, NH, the ski venue of Dartmouth College, and supports nearly 300 Nordic skiers of all ages.
The Assistant Coach will work closely with the Nordic Head Coach to support the U16-U20 Junior Nordic Team (JNT) (2-4 days per week) and lead the 7/8th grade racing program (2-3 days/week). The Assistant Coach is expected to coach 4-6 training sessions per week, travel with the team to all Eastern Cup race weekends and local races, and help coordinate and facilitate a training camp over Thanksgiving break. All lodging and travel costs associated with race or training trips will be covered by the organization as will any required licenses or trainings.
Major administrative tasks include reviewing training plans and logs, regular communications with athletes, parents, coaches and other stakeholders, assisting with coordination of the Silver Fox Trot race and making regular web presence updates.
Skills & Qualifications
Extensive knowledge and passion for Nordic skiing and ski racing
- Basic ski waxing knowledge and proficiency
- Excellent planning, organizational, and communication skills (both written and verbal) are critical
- Valid driver’s license with a safe driving history
This is a full-time temporary position beginning no later than Nov. 1 (but encouraged to begin earlier) and ending April 1 with the potential to continue as a full-time, exempt position for the right candidate at an annualized rate of $24,000.
If interested, please send a cover letter, resume and references to Hilary McNamee ([email protected])
Agamenticus Ski Club – High School XC Ski Coach
Agamenticus Ski Club of York, Maine is now accepting applications for the part-time position of High School XC Ski Coach. Interested candidates should have a background in cross-country ski racing and coaching, along with enthusiasm for working with local & regional Jr. xc skiers and introducing new racers to the sport. CPR/AED, USSA Level 1 Coaching Certification or PSIA Nordic Instructor Certifications are preferred.
This part-time position extends from November 15, 2021 to March 15, 2022; coaching stipend DOE.
For more information, please send cover letter, resume, and three references to by September 30th to: [email protected]
Program Director/ Head Coach – Bethel Outing Club
The Bethel Outing Club seeks a Program Director/Head Coach to launch their 3-year
initiative ‘Maine West Project Play.’ A successful candidate will be:
- Creative in designing an outdoor sport program that equally emphasizes physical
literacy and social/emotional well-being.
- Resourceful in managing existing program assets and developing new funding
- Collaborative in reinforcing community partnerships and broadening the reach of
- Committed to ensuring that all members of our community have access to high
quality outdoor programming regardless of financial ability.
- Experienced in coaching the technical aspects of the people-powered sports of
cross country skiing, mountain biking, running and alpine ski touring.
This 3-year initiative is a direct response to the heightened sense of isolation,
hopelessness and depression in our community resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.
In addition to being a great coach, we are looking for a candidate interested in working
with mental health experts to build resilience in our kids and adhere to the philosophy of
The Aspen Institute’s “Project Play.” Although based in Bethel, Maine, we hope to scale
the program to reach other communities in subsequent years.
The Bethel Outing Club (BOC) is a 501c3 organization that has historically been
committed to fostering the development of Nordic Skiing in Western Maine. Although
the BOC believes in the importance of competition, it is refocusing its programming to
meet the needs of the moment. We hope to utilize sport to build resilience in our
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and three references to Wade
Kavanaugh, [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Assistant Coach – Men’s and Women’s Nordic Skiing
Under the supervision of the Head Coach, the purpose of this position is to use athletics as a tool to educate college students. By using inter-collegiate competition and all activities related to such competition, this position serves as a teacher and mentor to help build student character, prepare students for a constructive and effective life, and teach valuable life lessons including work ethic; discipline; resilience; persistence; teamwork and selflessness; goal-setting and goal achievement; overcoming adversity; and leadership. This position typically influences student-athletes for their entire four years at Harvard and plays a key role in shaping their personal development.
This position assists in planning, directing, and coaching the Mens/Womens inter-collegiate Nordic Skiing program. Typically works with all student-athletes in the program.
This position plays a key leadership role for the Nordic skiing program. Will fill in when the Head Coach is absent. May play a role as liaison with Athletics administrative departments. Requires experience coaching at the collegiate level or comparable experience, which may include coaching/teaching at the professional level. Comparable experience may include competing in a professional or other high-performance environment, such as for a national team or at the Olympic level.
This is a 75% of full-time position from September 1 – April 31 with a seasonal leave from May 1 – August 31.
Basic Qualifications :
Requires at least 2 years of coaching, professional or Olympic experience, or equivalent.
Additional Qualifications and Skills :
Please apply here if interested – https://bit.ly/3ev1jmG
Head coach job opening for 2021-2022 season
Position: Head Coach, ConVal High School Nordic Team
Location: ConVal High School, Peterborough, NH
Contact: John Reitnauer, Athletic Director, [email protected]
Likely start: mid November, 2021