About Us

NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) is a nonprofit wilderness and leadership school, founded in 1965, that supports thousands of students each year all over the world. Our global  headquarters is in Lander, Wyoming with campuses in seven U.S. states and six countries.

NOLS’ Expedition Operations division holds the functions that support the school’s field programs, from student enrollment and business-to-business relationships, to education and curriculum, to faculty development and staffing, and the teams on the ground that execute field programs from our 12 campuses across the globe.


In this role you will work with the associate director of expedition operations to provide leadership, structure, support, financial oversight and strategic vision for the 12 campuses that execute NOLS’ expeditionary field programs. You will contribute to division-wide leadership for field operations ensuring effective collaboration among our campuses and departments and also across the school to ensure excellent programs grounded in the NOLS mission. 


  • Commitment to NOLS’ educational philosophy, mission, and values
  • Experience supervising expeditionary field programs
  • Track record of building positive leadership environments that embody equity and inclusion for diverse teams
  • Experience with organizational leadership and managing multi-functional teams
  • History of supervision that balances flexible problem solving with effective and situationally-appropriate decision making in support of shared goals
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, in public forums and one-on-one, with a variety of audiences
  • Must thrive on the challenge of remote supervision as a transformational, capacity-building endeavor
  • Able to work independently and lead under stress
  • Interest and experience in working collaboratively 
  • Experience creating and managing budgets

Experience with programs outside the U.S. and Spanish language skills are not required but would add value to our team.


80% Campus operations leadership

  • Supervise the directors and/or managers responsible for up to eight campus locations in support of exceptional student experiences, schoolwide excellence, and efficiency. Campus directors and managers are responsible for: field instructor team supervision;  in-town staff supervision, training, and development; public policy interaction; risk management; budget planning and execution; facilities; business compliance; and new program development. 
  • Conduct risk management, financial, and legal audits of NOLS campus operations to assess function of critical systems and recommend changes. 
  • Foster collaboration across locations and operations departments that support program delivery such as risk management, field staffing, and education.

10% Emergency and crisis support

  • Respond to field emergencies and other situations, including support of campus directors and program staff; and contact with families, land managers, media, and other audiences.
  • May serve as a member of the NOLS Crisis Management Team 

5% School-wide leadership

  • Build and maintain relationships with other NOLS departments and teams. 
  • Represent Expedition Operations on inter-departmental working groups to exchange knowledge, support, and enhance the school’s overall program and mission. 
  • Communicate NOLS’ vision and state of the school with staff. 
  • Work with other directors to develop and implement school-wide initiatives

5% Other

  • Conduct other special projects and perform other duties as assigned by the associate director of operations

The above duties should not be considered an exhaustive list; other responsibilities may be required.

Work Location and Compensation

This position could be remote, but would require monthly or bi-monthly, in-person site visits to NOLS World Headquarters, including two extended visits annually for planning and evaluation cycles with director teams. Four to six weeks per year of additional travel to NOLS campus locations is also required.

NOLS can currently employ remote employees who are legal residents of: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming. Please note not all locations in all states listed are eligible. For specific locations please reach out to the recruiter listed below in the ‘How to Apply’ section. Current employees and residents in the state of Colorado please contact HR for salary information.

COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

All employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their first day of work, unless they meet a medical, disability or religious exemption and a reasonable accommodation is approved. Any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) is an acceptable vaccine for the purpose of this policy. Full vaccination or an approved exemption is a condition of employment for all new employees.

Equal Employment Opportunity

NOLS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetics information, disability unrelated to job or admission requirements, or status as a protected veteran. The school’s nondiscrimination policy applies to all phases of its employment process, its admission and financial aid programs, and to all other aspects of its educational programs and activities. Retaliation directed to any person who pursues a discrimination complaint or grievance, participates in a discrimination investigation, or otherwise opposes unlawful discrimination is prohibited.

Reasonable Accommodation

NOLS values community and fosters a sense of belonging for our employees and applicants. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations in the workplace because they embody these values, as well as our operating principle of promoting a positive, safe, and learning environment. Reasonable accommodations may be requested for disability; limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition; religion; and domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or harassment. Reasonable accommodations may be requested at any point of the employment process, including during recruitment. Please email [email protected] with your request.

Pre-Employment Check

  • A criminal background check is required from all NOLS employees.
  • NOLS will conduct a Motor Vehicle Record check as part of the reference check process. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the position start date and possess a valid driver’s license. Must have a clean driving history and be able to meet the criteria for NOLS vehicle insurance coverage.
  • NOLS participates in E-verify.
  • Current NOLS employees please note it is NOLS policy to conduct an internal reference check with human resources and/or your current supervisor as part of the reference check process. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact human resources


How to Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to: Debbie Derbish, operations office manager, [email protected] 

Direct any questions to: Katie Baum Mettenbrink, associate director of operations, [email protected] 


Closing Date for Applications

August 26, 2022

Starting Date

October 1, 2022 

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