im not too in the know on jobs up there, but as for the mountain itself...
it gets a lot of snow during the winter. However, with typical pnw storms and such, the upper mountain of meadows (where the good terrain is) is generally closed or has piss poor visibility. Timberline simply closes Palmer for the winter. So overall, the all mountain skiing isn't anything to get excited about, despite to copious amounts of snow. Ski bowl has the best terrain, it can be quite fun.
The park is generally better at timberline in the winter, however, meadows has its times, and gets better in the spring until closing. Then, in summer, the public park gets good, and usually at its best right after ASJ in July. After august though, skiing is pretty much toast until the snows fall again; the snowfields just arent as big in the summer as they used to be, whether it be the palmer snowfield on hood or any of the cascade volcanoes.
and for employee housing, usually youre stuck up in these places in govy. not so bad.
if you live in portland, well, you have good access to what the portland area provides, but with higher costs usually. It is further from the mountain, but the drive isn't so bad (save weekends when it can be hell with lots of snow falling). After sandy, the towns (if you can call them that) are small little places. There isn't much to do except go skiing and/or work. Govy has good proximity to the ski areas, but there really isnt shit there, even in the summer (just some camps and racers).