About Us

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.


An exciting opportunity to lead all aspects of the NOLS Three Peaks Ranch operations in accord with NOLS’ vision and strategic goals. Work to ensure program quality and promote student and staff opportunities and learning. Oversee herd management. Act as NOLS representative in all aspects of NOLS Three Peaks Ranch operations from community relationships to program supervision and course operational support. Support the greater NOLS Rocky Mountain operations team serving to support all NOLS Rocky Mountain courses. 


  • Deep belief in the power of a NOLS student experience.
  • Thorough understanding of NOLS’ philosophy, mission, and values.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Self motivated with creative problem solving and team-building skills.
  • Effective working independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Able to lead well under adversity and uncertainty.
  • Horse experience that enables herd management and oversees all risk management associated with stock use.
  • High flexibility: able to shift priorities and adapt to changing schedules and uncertainties inherent in living and working with 75+ stock.
  • Strong supervisory skills. 

Preferred skills

  • NOLS horse packing instructor with experience and knowledge of the Three Peaks herd and operating areas are desirable. 
  • Knowledge of NOLS’ horse-specific curricula and general ranch operations.


  • Create an inclusive and welcoming environment for students, staff and faculty.
  • Provide outstanding student service and a welcoming atmosphere. Incorporate student and instructor feedback as appropriate.
  • Provide supervision (hire, train and supervise) for upwards of ten in-town staff, 80 horses, and 25 field staff per season.  Strive to make NOLS Three Peaks Ranch a dynamic and fulfilling place to work.
  • Oversee day-to-day ranch operations, NOLS Rocky Mountain support, and evacuation logistics.
  • Responsible for the training and supervising ranch staff in various tasks, including horsepacking, vet care, driving, issue room, tack repair, irrigation/pasture management and facilities maintenance. 
  • May brief and debrief instructor teams and student groups as necessary. 
  • General oversight of the horse program includes:
    • Herd management, horse training, vetting, shoeing, and general care.
    • Buying, leasing, retiring, and selling horses.
    • Overseeing the training of the herd and standards of horsemanship for staff and instructors.
    • Planning for and ensuring compliance of our permitting
  • Risk management oversight, including setting, training to and upholding horse and human risk management expectations in the mountains and at Three Peaks.
  • Operational support:
    • Lead re-rations while training staff, instructors, and horses in the mountains.
    •  Haul courses and drive evacuations.
    • Supervise the maintenance and safety of campus, vehicles, equipment, and supplies.
  • Build and maintain relations with other NOLS departments and NOLS Rocky Mountain managers.
  • Responsible for an annual expense budget of $300k. Oversight of ranch facilities, vehicles, farm equipment, and horses.
  • Work to ensure a healthy communal living environment. 
  • In collaboration with Field Staffing Office & Field Faculty Development Department, recruit, hire and create training opportunities for horsepacking instructors.
  • Special projects as assigned, including NOLS field or classroom instruction if qualified.

Work Location and Compensation

Three Peaks Ranch is located in Boulder, Wyoming. This position requires living on site for a minimum of from April through October with some on site obligations between November and March. Remote work is possible for some of the off season. This is a full-time, benefited position.

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 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 Jessica Fuller ([email protected]), NOLS Rocky Mountain Operations Supervisor.
  • Please direct any questions to Jen Sall ([email protected]), NOLS Rocky Mountain Director.

Closing Date for Applications

Jul 20, 2022

Starting Date

Aug 29, 2022

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