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MIAMA Member Spotlight: Jon Erickson - Sartell Youth Hockey Association

MIAMA Member Spotlight: Jon Erickson - Sartell Youth Hockey Association

Name: Jon Erickson

Organization Name: Sartell Youth Hockey Association

Address: 1109 1st Street South

City: Sartell     State: MN   Zip: 56377

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Phone #: 320-240-9233

Website: Sartellpucksystems2.com

Tell us how you got into the industry?  I worked at the WH Hunt Arena at UWRF while playing college Hockey

How many years have you been in the ice arena industry? 19 years, 4 at Hunt Arena and 15 years at Bernicks Arena

What type of Ice Resurfacer does you facility operate? Zamboni 546 Propane, 2014

What type of Ice Edger does your facility operate? Olympia, Gas

What is the size of your ice sheet? 200’ x 85’

What type of floor do you have in your facility? (Sand/Cement/Other) Cement

What is the best part about working in an ice arena? Being around Hockey

Using one word, name one thing you love about working at a rink? Kids

Nobody’s perfect in this industry. Tell us your worst experience at a rink so far? I had one of my Drivers take out the Zamboni gate, knocking it off the hinge and breaking the glass.

What are the first three things you do when you get to the rink each day? Arena Inspection, answer emails and make a job list for my employees of jobs that need to be done for the day.

How do you feel ongoing professional development is helping you and your career? It helps a lot. I wish I could get to more. Being the only full time employee makes it difficult to get too.

How would you explain to the average hockey parent how the ice resurfacer works to resurface the ice? The Zamboni uses wash water first to fill holes and cracks. Then shaves the ice, and then uses the water and towel to smooth it out.

Career highlight or accomplishment you are most proud of? Since we are privately owned by the Youth Hockey Association, staying on Budget and starting our Spring Fundraiser, Hairball Concert for capital improvements. We have been able to buy the Zamboni, dehumidification, elevator, RO Water, new flooring, do the refrigerant change out and upgrade our Air monitoring system all from our spring fundraiser.

Advice for making it in the sports industry or for someone wanting to be a Zamboni driver?  Do not be afraid of doing what you love. Try to get as much experience you can ,when you are young by working at a Ice Arena or sports complex.

Who would you like to acknowledge for helping (mentoring) you along the way? Grant Fitch, from STMA, we have very similar rinks.

What certifications have you attained within the industry? (STAR classes, ISI classes, etc) I am a level 3 Star Operator.

What is the best tip you have learned from any of the classes offered through MIAMA? I really do not have one specific tip. I seem to be learning something new every day, from classes, m


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MIAMA Member Spotlights

If you or someone at your facility would like to be spotlighted on the MIAMA.org website, please contact the MIAMA Communications Director Jon Balvance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Communications Director will then send you the information to fill out to be featured on MIAMA.org.

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MIAMA Board of Directors Nominations

MIAMA is currently taking nominations for the Board of Directors.  Nominations are due by June 1, 2017.  Self nominations encouraged.

Please contact Dean Mulso at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jon Balvance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or your nomination. 
 
If you have already let Dean or Jon know, you are on the list and you don't need to let them know.

Thank you!

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Job Posting: Minnehaha Academy Ice Arena & Transportation Manager

Minnehaha Academy: Ice Arena & Transportation Manager

 
Minnehaha Academy is a Christian school and a ministry of the Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church of America.  Our mission is to provide a high quality education integrating Christian faith and learning.
Minnehaha Academy is seeking to fill the role of Ice Arena and Transportation Manager. This position is approximately a 10 month position, primarily school year months.  It is benefit eligible and includes a tuition remission package for enrolled dependents.

Qualifications include:
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with colleagues, contract providers, parents and students
  • Ability to prepare and manage an annual budget for the ice arena and transportation operations while negotiating and managing contract bids to meet needs of the school
  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive parent/student inquiries and reported disciplinary issues
  • Ability to gather contract bids, determining best fit for the transportation needs of Minnehaha Academy with knowledge of state regulated policies on student transportation
  • Ability to work with the Minneapolis Public School Transportation Department regarding Non Public School Transportation Reimbursement
  • Understanding of or able to quickly learn the management of an ice arena, ensuring proper regulations and procedures are followed; will include some weekend work during ice season
  • Market the ice arena to its full capacity, including school needs and external rentals such as the current Learn to Skate Program with Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Prior management of programs and people preferred
  • Previous school transportation and/or ice arena management experience preferred
Salary based on experience and skills
 
Learn more about Minnehaha Academy and apply on-line by visiting our web site at www.minnehahaacademy.net/employment attaching resume as indicated. 

For questions, contact:

                Bonnie Anderson – Director of Human Resources
                3100 W. River Parkway
                Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Minnehaha Academy is an EEO/AA employer

 

 
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Building Supervisor - Cottage Grove Ice Arena

The seasonal, part-time Building Supervisor with the Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the security of the building, cash, and all of the arena equipment; also resurfacing the ice and maintaining the cleanliness of the building.  Scheduled shifts include evenings and weekends. Summer hours primarily will be Tuesdays evenings and rotating weekends. Winter hours will increase and days will vary. This position requires indoor and outdoor work, under all types of weather conditions.

  • Starting Pay: $11 per hour
  • Application Deadline: Until filled

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Supervise all operations of the building
    • Supervise all part-time staff: Maintenance and office staff
    • Manage daily ice schedules and locker room schedules
    • Troubleshoot building/equipment problems
    • Administer minor first-aid and complete Accident Reports
    • Enforce Ice Arena policy
    • Open and close the building for public use
    • Supervisor is primary contact between facility and customers
  • Maintain ice via resurfacing machine, edging and patching to assure a quality sheet of ice for customers
  • Maintain a safe, clean and well-kept building at all times
  • Perform some equipment/building repair
  • Sell product/ service to the public
  • Perform some office and administrative duties
  • Provide quality customer service to patrons
  • Perform all other duties as requested by Full Time Staff

Minimum qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Flexible schedule including (evenings and weekends)
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to manage cash flow
  • While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to stand, talk, hear and write
  • Frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • The employee may occasionally climb a ladder, operate a lift, and operate a vehicle with multiple hand and foot operations
  • Ability to walk on the ice surface
  • Able to perform all essential position functions under the working conditions as described
  • Self-motivated and a hard working individual
  • Ability to provide high quality customer service
  • Willingness to clean throughout the work day

Desired qualifications:

  • Previous experience and knowledge of mechanical equipment and repairs.
  • Previous experience sharpening skates.

Download a job application or pick one up at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S.

Questions about this position can be addressed by Joe Fischbach, Human Resources Manager at 651-458-2883 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 
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