Your Very Next Step newsletter for February 2010
“When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever
walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all.
They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then
with their physical selves.”
– Albert Einstein
“Accordingly, since nothing prevents the earth from moving, I suggest
that we should now consider also whether several motions suit it, so
that it can be regarded as one of the planets. For, it is not the center
of all the revolutions.”
– Nicolaus Copernicus
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*** In this issue:
*** Ned visits the “Land of the Morning calm”
*** Travel News
*** OpSki and Sno!!!Jam
*** 2010 Freshwater Fishing in Virginia Book
*** Rental Car conundrum:
*** Trail volunteer opportunities – Superior Hiking Trail Association
*** ADOPT-A-MILE – Tahoe Rim Trail
*** YVNS “Sport Ned Has Never Heard Of”
– Chuckwagon Racing
*** Travel, Outdoor and Adventure Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities
.and much more.and it's all FREE!!!
*** Do you have a travel adventure to share?
Send me your stories and I'll post in the “Your Very Next Step” and on
the YVNS website (http://www.yourverynextstep.com/).
*** There were massive air travel delays over the holidays, from
weather to airport lockdowns. Did you experience this? Can you share
your story with YVNS?
*** Ned is offering free 468×60 pixel .jpg banner ads at the YVNS
website for conservation organizations (Ned will decline this offer to
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*** Ned's recent adventure:
I flew from San Diego to LAX on American Eagle. There was a three-hour
layover for my connection. In San Diego, we had to board a passenger in
a wheel chair, then get her off the plane and into the shuttle bus. On
my flight from LAX to ICN I watched the KAL flight to Narita boarding.
After many “last call” announcements, the lady in the wheel chair at the
commuter terminal arrived for Flt 2 just after the flight closed. I
don't know where she was hanging out, but she hopped out of that chair
and was steaming mad. She had to make other arrangements.
Incheon International Airport claims to be the best airport in the
world. I couldn't find a reason to doubt that claim. It's big,
spacious, clean, bright and functional. It's about an hour's drive from
Seoul. You can take a train, but I took a shuttle from the Dragon Hill
Lodge at Yongson.
I passed through immigration and customs without fanfare and arrived in
the arrivals hall to find Pam waiting with a sign with my name on it. I
would have picked her out, anyway, because she was the only blonde, and
I recognized her from her Facebook page.
I spent Tuesday at the Joint Security Area at the DMZ with a USO tour.
I stood briefly in North Korea, and was at tinme surrounded by heavily
mined areas. At one point, our escort said “If it's mowed, it's not
mined.” I got to go down into one of the four known tunnels the North
Koreans have built, presumably to infiltrate forces into the South. The
North said the tunnel must have been some old coal mine. If we've found
four, I'll bet there are 40.
We took the KTX train to Miryang where we changed to a local for Chinhae
(or Jinhae as it is now called).
On Wednesday I visited the South Korean Naval Academy; ROKS Sejong the
Great (DDG 991); the U.S. Naval Facility at Chinhae; and the ROK Naval
Headquarters in Busan, all before returning by KTX to Seoul. I visited
Commander Naval Forces Korea in Seoul on Thursday, as well as the PAO
shop at USFK. Thursday night was a Surface Navy Association Join-Up at
the Black Angus Yongsan. On Friday I met up with Cochrane shipmate
Roger Pacheco and his wife Miok for lunch and some shopping in the
Itaewan district, then a visit to the Korean War Museum
This museum recognized all of Korea's wars. There was a huge play area
on the first level for children, which can be seen and heard almost
everywhere in the museum. To me it seemed like a reminder that the
future is our children, but that they must know and understand the
Later that evening Phillip Raskin and I met up for dinner. We had
kal-bi at a newly opened Korean restaurant, then repaired to the 3 Alley
Pub (http://3alleypub.com/) for a night cap, and where Phillip met up
with his ex-pat pals before I returned to the Dragon Hill Lodge.
I took the shuttle to the airport in time to see the lights of Seoul
then the sun rising. The ride to Incheon is about an hour, and it is
mostly built up the entire way.
My flight was delayed by six hours, so I bought an adapter plug and
found an outlet and sat on the floor. Incheon International Airport has
free wi-fi throughout. It is a big, spacious and sensible airport.
Once you figure out the map, you can find anything. My flight was
delayed, so I explored the whole thing. We did depart at the
rescheduled time after another bag check and pat down search just before
the jetway. My patter-downer was cute, so I didn't object.
Because delays were anticipated, I think many passengers may have
changed their flights because the 777 was not even half full. I had
three seats to myself so I was able to stretch out for a nap after
watching “9” and having dinner. I also watched “On the Waterfront” with
Marlon Brando. Food was okay. They put squid in everything. About
four hours before arrival at Dulles we were diverted to Chicago O'Hare
because IAD was closed for snow. Can't say I was surprised. We cleared
customs at O'Hare and KAL was very thorough in getting people onto
shuttle buses and off to the hotel, the Radisson at Schaumberg, Ill.
The hotel is owned by a Korean, and they had Korean-speaking staff.
(But I learned that many of the passengers were traveling from China,
Vietnam and the Philippines, and had connected at Seoul.) We had a
voucher for dinner. We would be leaving the hotel before breakfast, but
the next morning I discovered they opened the restaurant early to
accommodate us. Again KAL was great in getting us checked in. Security
was pretty quick, but I found that there is no place to get a cup of
coffee after security in the O'Hare International Terminal. By the time
we were boarding it had started snowing and we had to be deiced. We
took off on time, and were served a snack (you would never get that on a
Chicago-Washington flight on a U.S. airline these days). We landed at
about 11:30 ET. The landing was great, but the runway was solid white.
Our gate wasn't available, and we waited for almost 90 minutes to get up
to the terminal. I did find a cab (my biggest concern). The roads were
awful (there were snow plows that had run off the road), and I tipped my
*** From Larry Bearfield, proprietor of Fern's Country Store in
Carlisle, Mass, and creator of the OpSki program for the military
community (excerpted from Fern's Pickle Barrel E-News):
Last weekend, Robin and I took time to attend a Military ski event out
in the Berkshires. Called Sno!!!Jam, it's a weekend for Military
personnel that we were involved with in a past life when we invented a
program called Operation Ski & Snowboard (OpSki). essentially we worked
with ski resorts worldwide to develop lift ticket and lodging discounts
for qualified military personnel – a small market of about 11 million.
Weekend on-mountain fun, family events at resorts like Copper Mountain,
Squaw, Steamboat, Attitash, Berkshire East were part of the offerings.
It was a phenomenal program. All privately run – which astounded The
Pentagon when we were called to Washington to help them understand how
we could develop a program with no government help. Then the dot-com
bust hit before we were able to finally ink the big deal. Timing's
everything in life.
Meanwhile, because of the exposure, ski resorts worldwide continue to
offer the Military Discounts we helped establish. That's fulfilling. And
on-mountain events like Sno!!!Jam here and the USAF Academy's SnoFest at
We went to the event out in the Berkshires because of the many lasting
friendships we made. It's not about the skiing. Primarily a US Navy
event, other services have attended, including the Air National Guard
Unit that were part of the rescue in The Perfect Storm as well as Army,
Marine and Coast Guard personnel. “Locals” like USS Constitution crew
members attend as well as folks who flew in from as far away as San
Diego! What was especially fun was that we had several Fernites From
Afah Chapter Presidents in attendance. We collected on the beers they
owed us for their appointments.
But here's the point of all of this. Regardless of your political
persuasion, when you spend time with these men & women you can't help
but be inspired by their zest for life, positive can-do attitude, their
unwavering commitment to what they do and the intense loyalty they hold
in their hearts for their friends. We all wish that we didn't have a
need for a military force but that's a fantasy. And when we need them –
these are the professionals that I want on my side. We all have our
daily grind – but you have to admire what they volunteer to do.
(Fern's is the official country store of the JOTW network. Stop in and
tell them you heard about Fern's from JOTW and get a free cup of coffee!
Larry, I'm going to post this in the newsletter.)
I'd be happy to share the editorial from our recent Ferns Country Store
Pickle Barrel E-News with your loyal readers! However, YOUR readers
should know that when we developed OpSki you were active duty at the
time and you were instrumental in helping us launch the program. It was
pretty 'out-of-the-box' for most of the military folks we were trying to
work with. Probably due to the fact that it was one of the first times
all branches were brought together in a cooperative effort. But you
helped penetrate some of the key naysayers which paved the way for us.
And when you were CO of the Naval Media Center your intro of us to the
Navy Marine Corps News staff resulted in the first and only on-mountian,
slope side production of the weekly news. Operation Ski & Snowboard was,
without question, a tremendous success with thousands of military
personnel and their families were able to enjoy the benefits of our
OpSki program – – without costing the taxpayers one dime! Ultimately,
when the dot-com bust hit, we were no longer able to sustain the
program. And unfortunately, no one was willing to pick it up to continue
By the way, your readers are also welcome to subscribe for our free
Pickle Barrel e-news: http://www.listcast.com/x?oid=24464m
*** Here's the YVNS Travel News for February:
No laughing matter:
*** One-On-One With U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood: DOT
Targets Tarmac Tribulations
The U.S. Department of Transportation on April 20 will enact rules that
require U.S. airlines to allow passengers to deplane if a tarmac delay
reaches three hours. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood spoke
with BTN senior editor Jay Boehmer to discuss their implementation and
the Obama administration's travel priorities. From Business Travel
*** The Top Ten Gross Things People Do On Airplanes
This list is tame. You got anything grosser that you have seen?
*** Twitter Joke Led to Terror Act Arrest and Airport Life Ban
Link to article in The Independent:
*** Following the release of Up in the Air, the Telegraph picks 10 of
the most memorable movies about air travel.
*** From Famous Kitchens to the Skies:
How Singapore Airlines Develops Their Menus
*** An Air New Zealand contest for cougars is drawing objections coming
from New Zealand's Rape Prevention Education, which insists that the ad
for the contest-not the contest-is degrading to women and insulting to
male rape survivors. And we have not yet heard from animal rights
activists, being as the ad shows “meat hungry cougars” on the prowl.
*** AeroTrain is Open to Passengers at Dulles International Airport:
*** In the lick of time:
In the “Did they really do that” category comes this bit of not so
subtle word play from Spirit Airlines. Furthering its middle school boy
locker room sense of humor, the airline follows its MILF-themed “Many
Islands, Low Fare” witticism with “Many Unbelievably Fantastic Fares”
*** From George Hobica:
“I was on a plane recently, first class, on American, where the guy
sitting next to me shook his glass as the flight attendant was passing
by and said “More ice”–the FA said, “What's the magic word” and the guy
said, “Oh, you mean I'm supposed to say please? I just want more ice”
… and she said, “You want more ice, it's up in the galley. Go get it
*** Free Airport Wi-Fi Takes Off
Link to column in USA Today:
*** Florida Airport Changes Name, Increases Business
Link to story on WFTV-TV:
*** 2010 Freshwater Fishing in Virginia Book is Now Available!
The new 2010 Freshwater Fishing in Virginia (Fishing Regulations) book
has been published, and a copy can be obtained at the upcoming fishing
and hunting shows, all license agents and Department offices. VDGIF
Fisheries Division Director, Gary Martel, notes, “This publication not
only contains the fishing regulations, but an extensive 'Let's Go
Fishing' section, with information about major sport fish, public
fishing lakes, major fishing rivers, and the trout stocking program.
Also, you can find information about fish citations, state records,
angling education programs, exotic species, and more.” The Freshwater
Fishing Regulations section, including the complete Trout Fishing Guide,
on our website have also been updated for 2010.
*** Rental Car conundrum:
Got any tricks for saving money or getting better deals on rental cars.
One suggestion is to go to off-airport operations, or less known brands.
I disagree on both.
Is it best to book your car when you book your flight? Or shop around?
What do you think? Send rental car comments to Ned at
email@example.com for inclusion in the February issue of “Your Very
*** From Cindy Starks:
Hi Ned —
I went back to CT last July to visit my Mom, and I got prices for rental
cars from Hertz, Avis and Enterprise. To rent a car for a week from
both Hertz and Avis was going to be more than $600. From Enterprise, a
little more than $200. I had a great car and a great experience. I
plan to use Enterprise again when I visit CT in March.
*** From Mark Marymee:
Ned: I just took a trip to California last Monday (Jan. 25) for a job
interview. Needed to rent a car for one day. Wanted to find the least
expensive “economy” rental I could find. Went to Orbitz.com, saw Avis
and Hertz both at approx. $120 per day; but Alamo was $21. With an
additional $24 in local taxes, fees, etc., my one day rental came out to
$45. And Alamo is on-site at the Auto Rental Center at San Francisco
West Bloomfield, MI
*** What do you think about taking your dog on a long hike or
backpacking trek in the back country?
*** Trail volunteer opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities – Superior Hiking Trail Association
We need Trail Volunteers for group hikes… These are our SUPERIOR
HIKEVENTS, Saturday mornings through the hiking season.
Hike leader… simply help organize & administer the logistics of
parking, shuttling, etc.
Be a 'sweep' (hiking last to be sure no one is left behind)… do it
alone or as a couple or a family.
Lead or help lead a group backpacking trek
We need Trail Volunteers for maintenance
Come to Saturday work hikes… pitch in with a small group… do tasks
of your ability.
Special group opportunities… projects for scouts, students or other
special groups you work with.
*** Castle Rock Hike with Phil Stoffer
Saturday, March 06, 2010
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Join Bay Nature and geologist Phil Stoffer for an exploration of Castle
Rock State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Phil Stoffer, on staff at the U.S. Geological Survey, knows the Santa
Cruz Mountains about as well as anybody. And Castle Rock, with it's
large sandstone exposures, is a great place to take a walk with a
geologist! We'll see Castle Rock itself, Goat Rock, a waterfall, tafoni
formations, and (we hope, rain depending) lots of wildflowers along the
way. If the cliffs are dry, we'll also likely see rock climbers in
Bring water, lunch, a hat, and be sure to dress in layers. RSVP
information is below. This hike is limited to 25 people. We'll send an
email confirmation with directions to the meeting place to everyone who
Cost: $8 per car parking fee
37.232417,-122.099197 (Castle Rock State Park)
Google Map (always check directions with organizer)
Bay Nature Hikes
*** ADOPT-A-MILE – Tahoe Rim Trail:
For more than 20 years volunteers have been planning and building the
Tahoe Rim Trail. Even though most of the work has been done by
volunteers there have been many other costs associated with the
completion of the trail.
Individuals, families and organizations can help to ensure the
continuing legacy of the Tahoe Rim Trail by adopting your own mile! As
an Adopt-A-Miler, you have the opportunity to support the trail, and
give back to something you love – the environment!
An Adopt-A-Mile is also a wonderful way to recognize a family member
For a $5,000 contribution, you will have recognition at the two
trailheads that access the mile, a lifetime membership and a beautiful
16″ x 20″ framed photograph taken from your adopted mile. The major
financial support for the past 20 years has come from our
Over the next few years, our goals are to develop more access to trails
and day hikes, move all of the road portions of the trail to
single-track trail, and to establish a permanent maintenance program.
Your tax deductible donation to Adopt-A-Mile will help us achieve those
I am contacting you with a matter which is very troubling to me.
I registered up for the “Earn Premier Executive Status” promotion
(MPS269). My MileagePlus # is 00085535323.
I then flew two roundtrips on United. Both flights were from Dulles,
even though there were more convenient and lower priced options from
Reagan nation, which is a much better airport for me.
Both flights were booked as roundtrips through my company's corporate
Three of those flights showed up on my mileage summary as H class, which
qualifies. The round trip to Boston, however, shows H class to BOS and
W class on the return.
I never had any indication that this final flight was somehow booked on
another class. So my expectation was that I qualified for the
promotion. It wasn't until I checked to see if my status had changed
that I noticed that the return flight on the IAD-BOS-IAD trip was
showing a different fare.
I feel I lived up to the requirement of the promotion, and would like to
have my Premier membership upgraded to Premier Executive.
(Here's the response I got from United)
Hello Mr. Lundquist,
Thank you for being a loyal Premier member.
I apologize, but the terms and conditions of the Fast Track offer,
MPS269 are very clear in that all segments must be flown in H class or
above to qualify for the promotion. As a result, I am unable to honor
your request to be elevated to Premier Executive status.
I hope you understand and will continue to use United for your future
travel needs. Your business is important to us.
(I then contacted United Media Relations, and asked them how many
Mileage Plus Premier members registered for the upgrade promotion, took
the flights, and qualified for the upgrade, and how many (like me)
attempted to qualify but failed.)
Hello Ned –
I am not able to answer the questions at the detailed level that you
have asked because that is something our competitors would love to know.
That said, I can tell you that it is a very successful program, meaning
many of our members have participated and taken advantage of it, as they
have with similar programs in past years.
The purpose of it is to give our customers who are just shy of their
desired status an opportunity to achieve it, as we know many folks may
not have traveled as much as they historically have during the
The travel agent sees the fare class that he/she books you in and the
promotion does say H class or above, so I am not sure what we did wrong
here. Nonetheless, I am more than happy to give you Premier Executive
status again should your travel plans change and you choose to give us
United Press Office and Subscriber to JOTW
*** The “Iron Silk Road”
In order to reduce air resistance, the head part of front and back of
the high-speed railroad is designed after streamlined shape of a shark,
plus the characteristic of Korean culture which is the soft curve.
Bottom of the vehicle where lots of air resistance exist, all devices
are covered with coverlets. Even the crevices between cars and small
sills of windows and surface of the cars are minimized as possible.
*** The February YVNS sport Ned has never heard of:
Some people call chuckwagon racing a sport, for us it's a way of life.
A half mile of hell… http://www.wpca.com/
Want to work in this business? Read on:
Here is some information about the job.
The job is typically a young person's job because of the physical
aspect. The room is shared accommodations with other ranch hands. At
the ranch we have a trailer similar to a mobile home with a few separate
rooms along with washroom facilities and a kitchen area. The
accommodations on the road consist of a holiday trailer shared with the
other ranch hands and two semi trucks with sleepers on them. The trailer
has a stove, fridge and microwave.
For breakfast the guys fix their own, although we buy cereal, coffee and
stuff for them. Lunch is usually left-overs from the night before and
supper is a good meal we usually provide in the house.
Between February and May we will be training around the Okotoks-Calgary
area. My ranch is there. In June we will be moving everything to
Grande Prairie and we will be there for the first competition. Once the
season starts we move to a different town every week.
One person will be staying at my ranch to look after the horses left
there. We try to alternate this person so everyone travels. We will be
hiring until we fill six positions.
The work is seven days a week and the hours are as follows.
One person will get up early and feed at 6:00 AM. We take turns doing
this. Everyone is in the barn ready for work at 8:00 am. We train about
half of the horses in the morning. Some of the guys will help with this
“truck training”. We exercise the horses four at a time at a slow pace
using the trucks and cutom made training rack attachment. When the
horses are out of their stalls some of the guys will have to clean the
stalls, refill the water pails and feed grain/hay. This usually takes
until 11:00 am. Once that group of horses is complete, we restock the
grain bins or haul a bale of straw. Usually there are many little things
to do. We put the horses in for lunch first and then we eat. After lunch
we start on the other half of horses. The same routine is in place. The
only difference is that we need all of the guys to help because we train
this group on the chuckwagon. Check out the website below for some
photos of that if you are not familiar. This takes all afternoon and
around 5:00 pm we start cleaning the stalls, feeding and getting
everything ready. We finish this at around 7:00 and we put the horses
away for the night and we go eat. Either before or after supper
(depending on when we finish) we brush the horses and tend to them with
any medicine. The night usually ends around 9:30 and the crew is off.
The spring part is a very tough schedule because it never usually
From June on, we are on the road. We travel every week to a new rodeo,
sometimes all the way across the province. Travel days are long because
when we get to the new town we have to set up our barns, build the new
corals, get the horses in and feed them. On race days we follow the same
feeding, barn cleaning and grooming schedule but we don't usually train.
The races typically start in the evening and we finish with the horses
very late. Usually you will have a few hours during the afternoon to
yourself to catch up on sleep, shop or what ever. We race 57 days
between June and September. A non race day is about the same but we
train the horses in the morning. We hook the horses to the wagons and
run them on the track. This is not every day but we usually do train a
couple days a week.
We travel to 12 different cities and the workers are expected to drive
one of the vehicles. We travel in a group so when we arrive we can all
set up the portable barns we use to house the animals. Travel days are
usually long. It is always the case that the horses come first. We make
sure they are comfortable and fed before the crew goes to bed.
We do let the guys have time off and we encourage it but we like the
days scheduled so we are not short handed. The guys are on their own for
those days. Once we are on the road it is a lot more fun. The job is fun
but it is a bunch of work and the wage is not high for the hours we
work. It is simply something you will love or not.
Keep in contact if you are interested. Check out our posting on the job
bank at www.jobbank.gc.ca
*** Hypothermia Lurks in Dangerous Combination of Warm Air and Cold
Hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat
faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body
temperature. Normal body temperature is around 98.6 F (37 C).
Hypothermia (hi-po-THUR-me-uh) occurs as your body temperature passes
below 95 F (35 C).
When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system and other
organs cannot work correctly. Left untreated, hypothermia eventually
leads to complete failure of your heart and respiratory system and to
Hypothermia is most often caused by exposure to cold weather, or
immersion in a cold body of water. Primary treatments are methods to
warm the body back to a normal temperature. Signs and symptoms of
. Clumsiness or lack of coordination
. Slurred speech or mumbling
. Confusion or difficulty thinking
. Poor decision making, such as trying to remove warm clothes
. Drowsiness or very low energy
. Apathy, or lack of concern about one's condition
. Progressive loss of consciousness
. Weak pulse
. Shallow breathing
A person with hypothermia usually isn't aware of his or her condition,
because the symptoms often begin gradually and because the confused
thinking associated with hypothermia prevents self-awareness.
. Be gentle. When you are helping a person with hypothermia, handle him
or her gently. Limit movements to only those that are necessary. Don't
massage or rub the person. Excessive, vigorous or jarring movements may
trigger cardiac arrest.
. Move the person out of the cold. Move the person to a warm, dry
location if possible. If you're unable to move the person out of the
cold, shield him or her from the cold and wind as much as possible.
. Remove wet clothing. If the person is wearing wet clothing, remove it.
Cut away clothing if necessary to avoid excessive movement
. Cover the person with blankets. Use layers of dry blankets or coats to
warm the person. Cover the person's head, leaving only the face exposed.
. Insulate the person's body from the cold ground. If you're outside,
lay the person on his or her back on a blanket or other warm surface.
. Monitor breathing. A person with severe hypothermia may appear
unconscious, with no apparent signs of a pulse or breathing. If the
person's breathing has stopped or appears dangerously low or shallow,
begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) immediately if you're trained.
. Share body heat. To warm the person's body, remove your clothing and
lie next to the person, making skin-to-skin contact. Then cover both of
your bodies with blankets.
. Provide warm beverages. If the affected person is alert and able to
swallow, provide a warm, nonalcoholic, non-caffeinated beverage to help
warm the body.
. Use warm, dry compresses. Use a first-aid warm compress (a plastic
fluid-filled bag that warms up when squeezed), or a makeshift compress
of warm water in a plastic bottle or a dryer-warmed towel. Apply a
compress only to the neck, chest wall or groin. Don't apply a warm
compress to the arms or legs. Heat applied to the arms and legs forces
cold blood back toward the heart, lungs and brain, causing the core body
temperature to drop. This can be fatal.
. Don't apply direct heat. Don't use hot water, a heating pad or a
heating lamp to warm the person. The extreme heat can damage the skin or
induce cardiac arrest
*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors employment opportunities:
Camp Cascade – Counselor, Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, Vail, CO
Sharing passion, building relationships, and creating lasting
memories…The Ultimate Vail Experience!
Vail Cascade Resort & Spa is Vail's premier full-service resort and
conference destination, providing unsurpassed hospitality experiences
for our discerning group and leisure travelers.
Have fun, enjoy what you do and celebrate our successes
Be 100% responsible and keep all commitments
Act with integrity and treat all people with dignity, empathy and
Encourage open and candid communication
Respect individual efforts to achieve a balanced life
Promote continuous learning, self-development and champion diversity
Associates are empowered in the relentless pursuit of outstanding guest
service, quality and innovation commitment to profitability
Destination Hotels & Resorts fosters a creative, entrepreneurial and
energetic work environment where people come to work and have fun.
We value passionate people who love to be challenged and desire the
freedom to contribute to the overall success of the organization.
Your role will be integral to the success of our company.
We strive to create a work place culture that values family, work life
balance and community.
We help develop our associates and provide support for them to grow
their careers with DH&R.
Our associates are proud to work here!
Responsibilities for this Position
Vail Cascade Resort & Spa is a Rocky Mountain landmark and has been a
symbol of comfort, adventure, elegance and impeccable service in Vail,
Colorado for over 20 years.
Nestled riverside on Gore Creek, at the base of Vail Mountain, the
Cascade offers 292 inviting guestrooms, 65 condominiums and 11 private
residences, all including the amenities of a world-class resort.
To promote and deliver courteous, efficient, and memorable Guest Service
to all members and guests.
To supervise all children's programs and have full knowledge of child
care functions as they pertain to our members and guests.
To promote club memberships, activities, and amenities within our
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Ensure appropriate supervision of children according to state, legal and
Must be able to supervise children for at least 12 hours
Ensure that all projects support the vision and direction of our child
care program as outlined by direct report
Take the initiative and responsibility to provide weekly status update
to direct report on all projects
Able to work a flexible work schedule
Report to work within 30 minutes when on-call
Receive authorization from direct report before working off premises
Ensure that all brochures, schedules, activities information, and
related collateral regarding child care is maintained daily
Cleanliness and tidiness of child care facility
Clear and direct communication with all other departments and assistance
in other areas when needed
Greet all members and guests
Direct all members and guests to the appropriate location in the
Answering all inquiries about our child care programs, the facility and
Full knowledge of spa and club functions and activities
Cover breaks for other Club and Spa areas and assist when needed
Answer overflow of telephone calls in support of front desk and spa
reception areas when needed
Must have accuracy in reporting
Commitment to providing excellent child care and customer service
Ability to demonstrate sound judgement in the area of child care and day
to day operations of the Club & Spa
Must be a citizen of this country or possess a valid work permit.
1.High School graduate
2.Child care certification
3.Minimum of six months experience in child care
1.Working knowledge of computer programs: Microsoft Windows, Word, and
2.1 year experience in child care and customer service role
1. Must be able to handle pressure situations including life threatening
situations with confidence and composure
2. Must be detail oriented with good organizational skills
3. Must have good guest and associate relations skills
4. Must be able to speak, hear, and understand the English language
5. Must be able to read and write the English language
6. Must be able to stand for at least 6-8 hours
7. Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
8. Must be able to handle multiple tasks in a fast paced environment
1.Strong leadership abilities
2.Competent in written and verbal communication
3.Competent in problem solving in all guest/memberships
Must live in the local area or within commuting distance.
Compensation: Wage $11.00 per hour
*** Executive Director, Tahoe Rim Trail, Lake Tahoe
*** Group Tour and Administrative Assistant, Eastern State Penitentiary
Historic Site, Philadelphia, PA
Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison
in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling
cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and
strict discipline, this was the world's first true “penitentiary,” a
prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of
convicts. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most
notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al
Capone. Tours today include the cellblocks, solitary punishment cells,
Al Capone's Cell, and Death Row. A critically acclaimed series of
artists' installations is free with admission. Eastern State
Penitentiary Historic Site is located at 22nd Street and Fairmount
Avenue, just five blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It is open
every day, year round (guided tours only from December 1 to March 14).
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is a small organization (eleven
full-time employees) but is growing quickly. The organization prides
itself on innovative approach and excellence in programming, ambitious
outreach, and an upbeat and respectful office culture. Find more
information about Eastern State Penitentiary at www.easternstate.org.
The Group Tour and Administrative Assistant reports to the Assistant
Program Director for Operations and Special Events.
The Group Tour and Administrative Assistant will:
Be the main contact for all groups planning visits to the site including
daytime tours and tours to the organization's Halloween event Terror
Behind the Walls. This will include scheduling tours via phone and
email, mailing written confirmations and maintaining the group tour
Schedule all site rentals of 15 or fewer people. This includes
wedding/engagement photography, still photography, film shoots and
Have primary responsibility for greeting and giving direction to office
visitors in addition to responding to general inquiries via mail, email,
Manage supplies for the administrative staff and help maintain the
appearance and organization of shared work and storage spaces.
Maintain a calendar shared by the organization. Weekly staff meetings
will inform the Group Tour and Administrative Assistant of activities
happening throughout the organization.
Aid the administrative staff of the historic site as needed. These tasks
may include, but are not limited to, assisting with mass mailings,
collating, filing, scheduling meetings and special event preparation.
Gain a broad understanding of Eastern State Penitentiary's history,
although s/he will not lead historic tours.
Candidates must be energetic, friendly, highly organized, able to work
independently and collaboratively and have a firm understanding of
Microsoft Office programs and the Internet. Although creativity and
initiative will be important, attention to detail and careful planning,
multitasking and time management skills are the most critical strengths.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability
to communicate pleasantly and effectively with supervisor, other staff,
and the general public are imperative. Maintain full confidentiality of
any and all conversations, data records, files and other information
where access is limited. Other computer skills and familiarity with
Eastern State are preferred. Bachelor's degree or four years equivalent
Salary and Benefits
Salary is in the mid to high 20's, plus fully subsidized highly
competitive healthcare package and guaranteed retirement benefit
contribution following a six-month trial period.
Interested parties should email cover letter & resume to Brett
Bertolino, Assistant Program Director for Operations & Special Events at
bb@EasternState.org, with the subject line reading: Group Tour and
Administrative Assistant. No phone calls please.
Go to Easternstate.org for more information on Eastern State
*** Staff, Matagamon High Adventure Base, Katahdin Area Council, Boy
Scouts of America, located at the northeast corner of Baxter State Park
on Grand Lake Matagamon, 27 miles northwest of Patten, Maine
Opportunities to serve the Boy Scouts of America by being employed as a
member for Maine High Adventure are available to qualified and motivated
Each position is challenging and involves considerable responsibility.
can provide opportunities for personal growth and rewarding human
* The minimum age for MHA employment is 18 for most positions.*
* Each staff member must be registered with the BSA or agree to become
* Each staff member is expected to practice the principles of the Scout
Oath and Law while employed
* Each staff member is expected to set an example of excellence in
Scouting which includes the wearing
of the MHA/BSA uniform.
* Summer employment is offered from approximately June 1 until August
* Salary is based on position responsibility and applicant
* References are important! Have a member of your local council
professional staff write a letter of
recommendation on your behalf, or use the MHA reference form.
* Review the brief job descriptions below.
* Mail your applications early!
* Contact MHA via phone or email for application packet, or download
* Keep MHA informed of address or circumstance changes during the
application and employment process.
* Mail your completed application to the address below.
* There may be openings for one or two staff members 16-17 years old.
SUMMER POSITIONS AVAILABLE
POSITION – BRIEF JOB DESCRIPTION
* Base Director*: Has total responsibility for successful base operation
including providing leadership
to staff of 25 to 30.
* Base Operations Manager*: Supervises base staff and program support
operations: staff feeding,
commissary, trading post, transportation, and maintenance.
* Chief Guide* (Trail Staff Supervisor): Supervises trail staff and
program related logistics. Responsible
for training, evaluation, and directing trail staff, and planning
* Outfitter: Manages trail equipment and trail food aspect of program.
Oversees issue, return, and repair
of trail equipment. Also manages trading post (store).
* Cook: Responsible for staff feeding and kitchen related aspect of
program. Manages menu, budget,
and health/sanitation requirements.
* Guide (Trail staff): Accompanies crews on trail. Responsible for crew
orientation, skill instruction, and
environmental/historical interpretation. Lead safety person on treks.
* Driver: Transports crews and staff by power boat and 15 passenger van
with canoe trailer. Also responsible
for vehicle, equipment, and facility maintenance.
* Assistant Outfitter: Assists and serves as back up for Commissary
* Assistant Cook: Assists and serves as back up to Cook.
* Operations Specialist: Rotates jobs to back up other positions around
*These positions are usually filed by returning staff members
ALL STAFF ARE SUBJECT TO DUTIES OUTSIDE
THEIR PRIMARY JOB DESCRIPTION AS NEEDED. ALL STAFF ARE ALSO
RESPONSIBLE FOR SHARING BASE AND PROGRAM
MAINTENANCE TASKS. ALL POSITIONS REQUIRE SOME FORM OF RECORD KEEPING
Compensation varies with position responsibility. In addition to a
competitive weekly salary, employees
receive room and board, various staff uniform items, and one day off
JOIN THE MAINE TEAM!
*** Public Affairs Specialist, National Park Service, Department Of The
Interior, Grand Teton National Park, WY
*** Costumed Guest Engagement Facilitator/Interpreter(1st Person),
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers, IN
*** Business Development Officer, Wild Mob, Brisbane, Australia
Wild Mob is a not-for-profit, non-political business launched in 2008
that organizes volunteers for wilderness conservation projects in some
of Australia's most iconic destinations.
See more about us at: http://www.wildmob.org
We are currently seeking a highly motivated and hands-on Business
Development Officer to be responsible for recruiting volunteers to take
part in our projects.
You will liaise directly with Universities, schools and other potential
prospects including international volunteers with the aim of selling
Ideally, you will have previous experience in both sales and marketing,
and hold a minimum manual open driver's license. Environmental and/or
conservation qualifications will also be highly regarded as will
excellent organization and communication skills.
If you are self-motivated, possess initiative and have a passion for
selling with a true sense of adventure then this is a great opportunity
to join a vibrant, young, volunteering business.
For further information please apply directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corporate Communications Coordinator, Sabre Holdings, Fort Worth, TX +2
Sabre Holdings connects people with the world's greatest travel
possibilities by retailing travel products and providing distribution
and technology solutions for the travel industry through our three
companies: Travelocity, Sabre Travel Network and Sabre Airline
Solutions. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, Sabre Holdings has
approximately 9,000 employees in more than 55 countries. Our teams
around the world work together to support travelers, travel agents,
corporations, government agencies and travel suppliers. Our team members
are people who take initiative, are resourceful and innovative, and are
passionate about what they do. In return for their hard work and
dedication, Sabre Holdings provides our employees with countless
learning and growth opportunities, a healthy work-life balance and a
fun, yet productive, work environment.
The Corporate Communications Coordinator will support employee
communications activities as described in the description below. This
person should have experience developing written material for a variety
of audiences – and various communication vehicles including email,
presentations, intranet articles, etc.
However, the focus of this position will be on delivering visually
creative solutions for internal use including email, the intranet, video
and other channels. Ideally the candidate will have graphic and web
design skills and preferably desktop video editing. They should also
have experience using the corporate intranet as an interactive
communications tool, and have experience with Microsoft SharePoint.
EDUCATION: Requires a bachelor's degree, preferably in communications or
EXPERIENCE: Minimum 3 years of related experience
*** From Mark Sofman:
Public Relations Manager, Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe, VT
Nordic/Staff Instructor, X-Country Center, Sundance, UT
Head Coach Alpine Skiing, Osseo Area Schools, Maple Grove, MN
Ski Check, The Canyons, Park City, UT
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE – Service guests with their ski and snow board storage
along with providing information about The Resort and surrounding areas.
* Provide superior service to our customers (internal and external)
at all times. Follow The Resort's etiquette guidelines.
* Check skis and boards in and out for complimentary overnight
* Provide guests with information about services available at The
Canyons ad the surrounding area.
* Assist with general clean up.
* Take and assess guest complaints, comments or special requests and
direct them to the appropriate person or department for resolution.
* Perform other tasks as assigned.
WORKING RELATIONSHIP – This position reports directly to the Guest
Services Manager and Guest Services Coordinator.
* Exposure to inclement weather conditions.
* Repetitive lifting of skis and snowboards is required.
* Positive enthusiastic attitude.
* Ability to converse clearly and comfortably with a variety of
* Strong organizational skills.
* Repetitive lifting of skis and snowboards is required.
* Ability to work in all weather conditions.
Ski Instructor (2010-2011 season) Sugarbush Resort, Warren, VT
Manager, Tourism Business, Singapore Tourism Board,, Ministry of Trade
and Industry (Singapore), NY, NY
The Singapore Tourism Board, a statutory board under the Ministry of
Trade and Industry (Singapore) is tasked with the mission to promote
Singapore as a compelling travel destination and hub for business in the
international markets of USA, Canada, Mexico and Central America
(Americas). We are currently seeking interested candidate to apply for
the position of:
The suitable candidate will be responsible for the following:
-Be part of team to develop branding and communications strategy
to position Singapore as top-of-mind leisure and business destination
-Keep abreast of market research and media trends to develop new
-Lead short-term and long-term market development efforts to
increase visitorship to Singapore from US and Canada.
Brand Development & PR responsibilities
-Lead the branding and communications efforts and initiatives to
maximize media coverage of Singapore through different medium (e.g.
Print, Broadcast and Online)
-Lead and conceptualize creative marketing & communication
initiatives, particularly in the digital space
-Develop key messages for overall positioning of Singapore as
top-of-mind leisure and business destination
Business Development & Marketing Responsibilities
-Collaborate with key partners such as airlines, tour
operators/travel agents (TOs/TAs), media, government, hoteliers, event
organizers, etc., for initiatives in promoting and marketing Singapore
as a tourist destination.
-Develop and launch tactical programmes generating maximum ROIs
The candidate should possess:
-3-5 years relevant working experience, preferably in tourism
marketing and branding business
-Prior PR / marcoms experience would be an added advantage
-Strong knowledge of Asia not a pre-requisite but would be an
-USA work visa
-College /University Degree
-Strong analytical skills and the ability to think and communicate
-Good written and spoken communication and comfortable with public
-Proficiency in Microsoft word, excel and especially powerpoint
For more information on Singapore Tourism Board: www.stb.com.sg and
Send cover letter and resume to: email@example.com
Windsurfing Instructors, TJM Travel Ltd., France & Spain
Teach windsurfing abroad this Summer! As a Windsurfing Instructor you
will be responsible for teaching watersports activities to groups in
Spain & France between May – July.
Working to RYA/TJM guidelines, maintaining safety standards. Equipment
maintenance. Following Health & Safety procedures. Ensuring
accommodation (toilets/showers) are clean & tidy. Assist in the
promotion of the company by maintaining a good appearance & good
Must be RYA qualified windsurfing instructor & have min RYA level 2
powerboat & First Aid Certificate.
“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give
yourself to it.”
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