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.


 Supports the Wilderness Medicine Education Director in research, development, and communication of wilderness medicine curriculum. Assists with quality assurance for the accuracy and relevance of the curriculum and pedagogy. Supports and maintains course approvals with external accrediting and regulatory bodies. Supports and develops NOLS Wilderness Medicine use of learning management systems.


Candidates must bring: extensive teaching experience in outdoor education and wilderness medicine; management experience; competence as an organizer, motivator, and facilitator of other staff; excellent written and verbal communication skills; and technical competency to manage online resources including learning management systems. Experience as a NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructor required.  Advanced degree in relevant field preferred.

Leadership or Supervisory Duties: Describes, supports, clarifies and communicates curriculum for wilderness medicine faculty. Represents NOLS to the wilderness medicine education community, regulatory and certification agencies, and professional societies.   

Funds and/or Property: Works within existing budgets to accomplish Education Team goals.


  • Assists the Wilderness Medicine Education Director in updating, developing and disseminating curricula annually and as needed and in setting expectations for wilderness medicine instructional staff. 
  • Assists in researching and answering all staff curriculum questions. 
  • Works with the NOLS Creative department to create and review social media and email newsletter postings.
  • Develops and maintains materials for wilderness medicine workshops at conferences and other educational contexts.
  • Supports wilderness medicine faculty presenting at conferences.
  • Contributes to development and maintenance of online education at NOLS Wilderness Medicine. 
  • Provides technical support for enrolled students and staff.
  • Supports maintenance of NOLS Wilderness Medicine course approvals with federal, state, and non-governmental and regulatory organizations. 
  • Maintains accessibility and currency of wilderness medicine curriculum and educational materials in multiple languages, to include English, Spanish, Swedish, and Portuguese.  
  • Assists in the development of the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor Training Course, Annual Staff Meeting, and other staff development projects, as needed. 
  • Assists in NOLS Risk Management as requested by the WMI Education Director or NOLS Risk Management Director.
  • Shares weekend on-call duties with other members of the WMI leadership team.
  • Represents the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Education team to internal and external audiences, as needed. 

Work Location and Compensation

NOLS Wilderness Medicine Offices, NOLS Headquarters, Lander, WY or remote. 

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 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:

Gates Richards, Wilderness Medicine Education Director

Email: [email protected] 

Closing Date for Applications

July 15, 2022

Starting Date

The target start date for this role is two weeks from the time of offer. 

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