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.


Manages all programming aspects of the Wilderness Medicine Wilderness EMT program, ensuring program quality for students, staff, clinical partners, and other external entities. Manages communication with a broad range of external audiences including state and national EMS agencies, hospitals, media, representatives from the outdoor industry, and Wilderness Medicine staff and students. 


This job position requires exceptional communication, organizational, managerial and facilitation skills. The position also requires a strong background in wilderness and emergency medicine practice and education, and comfort and expertise navigating bureaucracy at state and national levels.


Other qualifications include:

  • Direct program administrative and supervisory experience
  • Wilderness EMT or WFR, EMT, or higher level of training
  • Direct experience with NOLS Wilderness Medicine as a lead and/or preceptor-level instructor is preferred
  • State of Wyoming EMT Instructor Coordinator certification, or ability to obtain such certification
  • Proficiency with computer operations and educational technology tools, including Microsoft Office suite, Google Drive, and Canvas

Leadership and Supervisory Duties:  Manages the maintenance and growth of the WEMT program at Wilderness Medicine in consultation with the Wilderness Medicine Education Director.   Oversees and supervises the Wilderness Medicine Program Supervisors.


50% Wilderness EMT Program Operations

  • Manage the WEMT program to ensure WEMT students have optimal outcomes and achieve a high rate of national certification.
  • Oversee WEMT specific Learning Management System development and usage, in association with the Wilderness Medicine Education Team.
  • Manage complex and challenging relationships critical to the viability and sustainability of the Wilderness Medicine WEMT program including: The National Registry of EMTs, State EMS agencies, hospital human resource departments and clinical coordinators, and Pearson VUE testing centers.
  • Maintain EMT curriculum certification and testing standards in accordance with state and national requirements, in association with the Wilderness Medicine Education Director.
  • Oversee course paperwork and reporting systems in accordance with internal and external standards
  • Oversee WEMT equipment management and advise Wilderness Medicine Director on asset acquisition.
  • Advise on training program for Lead WEMT Instructors in collaboration with the Wilderness Medicine Staffing Director.
  • Assist in the editing and development of Wilderness Medicine WEMT curriculum and materials in association with the Wilderness Medicine Education Director.
  • Manage Wilderness Medicine’s annual staff RTP in accordance with national and state standards. 
  • Manage risk management oversight of all WEMT program activities, including emergency procedures
  • Manage projects and initiatives that support Wilderness Medicine’s growth and enhance its services as directed by the Wilderness Medicine Director

Supervision 25%

  • Supervise WEMT program supervisors and Instructors in problem solving and policy application
  • Work with WEMT student discipline and separations including intervention and family contact 
  • Support after hours and weekend emergency calls for WEMT courses
  • Act as the Training Officer for Wilderness Medicine Instructors maintaining NREMT certification.

Instruction 25% 

  • Maintaining a teaching presence within the WEMT program- minimum of two WEMT courses and occasional coverage as needed 


Work Location and Compensation

This is a full time position based in Lander, Wyoming. 

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

Send cover letter and résumé to: Gates Richards, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Education Director, [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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