NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) is a nonprofit global wilderness school that supports thousands of students each year all over the world. Our school began in a small cabin in Sinks Canyon, Wyoming in 1965 as the National Outdoor Leadership School. At that time, we were primarily an outdoors skills school, doing our work in local mountain ranges and exploring what it meant to teach leadership in the backcountry. Today, we are NOLS, a multifaceted wilderness school headquartered in Lander, Wyoming with locations in seven U.S. states and six countries, that supports thousands of students each year all over the world in both field & classroom courses.
Work as part of the Rocky Mountain program team to supervise field faculty, ensuring program quality and promoting high-quality educational experiences. Provide instructor teams with curriculum, route, and risk management support. Give feedback, evaluate performance, and mentor career development for field staff.
- An understanding of and passion for the NOLS mission.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Excellent organizational, supervisory, facilitation, and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced and sometimes unpredictable environment.
- Ability to work flexible and irregular hours, including weekends, with a goal of maintaining a 40-hour work week.
- Must maintain active field faculty status.
- Support field faculty in delivering exceptional student experiences by providing growth-oriented briefings, curriculum resources, debriefings, and evaluations.
- Contribute to an environment that encourages instructors and students to feel relaxed, supported, and focused going into the field.
- Promote field and in-town risk management, including COVID-19 practices.
- Assist in the management of field evacuations and in-town incidents as needed.
- Act as a vital link in communicating NOLS Accepted Field Practices.
- Apply the NOLS Field Instructor Skills in evaluating instructor performance and making recommendations for instructors’ work level. Actively guide and mentor field staff in their professional development at NOLS.
- Review and organize all course-related paperwork.
- Network to support schoolwide programs and initiatives. Potentially participate in program supervisor meetings as the work schedule allows.
- Participate in coordinating in-town logistics and schedules with all departments at NOLS Rocky Mountain.
- Educate instructors regarding schoolwide communications and initiatives.
- May be required to act as a field instructor in the case of injury/illness and possible unavailability of field staff. Must maintain active instructor status.
This is a salaried seasonal position at NOLS Rocky Mountain in Lander, WY. A travel stipend is available for travel to and from Lander, WY. The position will plan on 40 hours of work per week, with frequent weekend hours. Housing available for a monthly fee.
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.
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.
- A criminal background check is required from all NOLS employees.
- NOLS participates in E-verify.
- 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.
- 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 PDF cover letter, resume, and any questions to: Katie Oram, Rocky Mountain Program Manager, at [email protected]
Closing Date for Applications
September 20, 2022
The target start date for this role is two weeks from the time of offer. This is a seasonal position with an anticipated end date in December.
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