Part-time Timer Announcement

Posted: 3/23/2021
Status: Filled – However we are happy to accept applications on file for future work. 

About Competitive Timing

Competitive Timing is a Montana based race timing company in founded in 2010 by Matthew Smeltzer. Over the past eleven years we have grown to support the market with five full-time salaried race timers and a handful of part-timers that assist on busy weekends and larger events.  As a leader in the timing industry, we are proud to support over 300 events a year throughout the Montana region and nearby states. We have supported national championship events as well as large 8,000+ person events to small community charity events. Services we provide: online registration, race chip timing, onsite registration, finish line promotion including announcer, pa system, arches and finish line clock, and personalized race apps with live gps tracking.


Competitive Timing is seeking applicants for part-time to seasonal salaried, lead timers in the 2021 season and beyond. At minimum, the ideal candidate would start late spring/early summer with training and be available for a handful of race weekends throughout the summer and then work a busy fall (Late August – Mid Oct). For the right candidate there is potential of a full-time salaried, seasonal position from ~May – October with the opportunity for occasional part-time work in the winter. Additional employment opportunities within Competitive Timing are possible after 2022.

Most races are one timer operations and the job would require early morning work on the weekends, a possible occasional weeknight event, and frequent overnight weekend travel. Work throughout the week is flexible on your schedule and is revolved around preparing for the upcoming events.

How to Apply

Please send a ~1 page, single spaced cover letter addressing pertinent experience and skills that would make you a good candidate for a part-time timer with Competitive Timing; your resume; and contact information for three professional references and their relationship to you to info@competitivetiming.com  with the subject as “Race Timing Position”. Emailed questions welcome. Will accept applications until position filled. Applicants will be notified if selected for an interview.

Race Timing Responsibilities:

  • Communicating via email and phone with the race director to determine their result and finish line needs
  • Prepping bibs with timing chips and building the bib-chip file in excel
  • Building out correct settings per race in our timing software
  • Ensuring online registration is setup correctly
  • Assisting and training volunteers at the pre-race expo/race day
  • Setting up registration kiosks at the expo/race day
  • On race day setting up timing equipment, PA system, arch, timing tent, result kiosks, race clock, and registration kiosks typically 2-4 hours prior to race start. Some equipment is awkward and heavy
  • Starting the race, processing chip data, and posting online results as the race is ongoing
  • Managing the results kiosk
  • Providing final results for awards

Preferred Qualifications and Skills

  • Knowledge of races and involvement in the race event community such as running, cycling, nordic, triathlon, etc.
  • Tech saavy. Will need to learn timing software, timing hardware, and basic computer networking as well as manage data and simple spreadsheets.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. This job is just as much customer service as it is producing results behind a computer. Unafraid to talk to new people and race directors.
  • Ability to work and troubleshoot under pressure while maintaining focus and being friendly
  • Detailed oriented with a keen eye for results and erroneous data
  • Ability to communicate clearly and manage volunteers
  • Ability to work independently without direct supervision while also being able to work well with others
  • Ability to lift and setup heavy, sometimes awkward, equipment (sometimes up to 40 pounds)
  • Ability to drive to race sites with overnight travel covered by the company
  • Interest in creating/promoting/and directing new events for Competitive Timing is a plus but not necessary but would be an additional stream of compensation to the timer

Base Hourly Compensation

  • Lead Timer on race site and at packet pickup – $25/hr
  • Assistant Timer and all other work including drive time >90 miles – $15/hr
  • Per Diem for overnight trips more than 90 miles from home – $2/hr
  • Additional compensation up to $20,000 for May-October for full-time seasonal timer is dependent on qualifications. Salary could be pro-rated if unable to start May 1.