RoidedSasquatchHow would I go about getting a park crew job? I'm a broke uni student who needs a job and I'd love to do something related to my favourite thing in the world. Park crew would be perfect and I'm completely willing to do hard work and work difficult hours.
DINKLEBERGGet to know the park crew + manager this season. Making connections is the best way to go about acquiring a ski industry job.
FROGGINBULLFISHthis and this.
also don't be a fucking bum. park crews generally have shitty reps at hills so if you work hard and be a likable, polite worker it will be easy to stick out in a good way.
There is never a shortage of people who want a park crew job. A big chunk of them don't work out. They like the idea of being on park crew, but not all the work involved. For the ones that do, it's an awesome gig. But that's why you definitely want to show your face in the park, get to know the crew. As far as people with 0 experience, a lot of times they'll go with the person they know.
Also consider working another job to get your foot in the door. Apply for the park job as well, but just have something else as a back up. If you get another job there, mention your interest in the park job. Offer to help if they need a hand, ever. Maybe moving features etc. Maybe they will be doing a big build and need some extra hands and you can pick up a few actual hours working on the crew. If you get a shot like that, work hard.
Things like that go a long way. You'll already be an employee of the mountain, know the park crew, have been working with the park crew, and they'll know your a hard worker. Nothing is guaranteed but that's probably the best bet.
I'd say apply to several mountains as it can be a tough job to get, especially if you're set on one place. Unfortunately that might not be an option for you with school. IF there is anything else pretty close consider applying because the more places you put in for, the better shot you have.
If somebody decides to give you a shot, kill it. Work your ass off. If you don't like it, do your best anyway. Try and finish off the season hard, leave on good terms, and take it as an experience.
Best of luck!