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NOLS Alaska Fellowship

Duration: May 11 - August 28, 2015 (Dates flexible)

Application Deadline: March 20, 2015

Position Location: NOLS Alaska, Palmer, Alaska

Position Length: Approximately 12 to 16 weeks depending on Fellow availability

Compensation: $320/week plus a reimbursement of up to $600 for travel

Food and Lodging: Lodging and meals provided. Lodging includes a wall tent with a bed and dresser. Lodging also includes sharing a staff house with communal kitchen, living room, media room and computer access.

Position Description:The goal of the NOLS Alaska Fellowship is to provide the Fellow practical experience and exposure to the behind the scenes work it takes to run a large-scale outdoor education program in Alaska.

The Fellow will rotate through the equipment, rations, program, permitting, public policy and partnerships departments learning the skills needed to support student and staff embarking on extended wilderness expeditions.

In addition to assisting in the daily operations of NOLS Alaska, the Fellow will have special projects that may include but are not limited to:

  • Strengthening our partnership with the Chugach Children’s Forest
  • Planning an ice-climbing day for the Chugach Children’s Forest
  • Planning and attending marketing events
  • Creating curriculum fact sheets
  • Tracking NOLS Alaska’s carbon footprint
  • Assisting in updates of off-trail guides and map inventories
  • Plan the NOLS 50th anniversary celebration in Alaska in August 2015
  • Updating the NOLS Alaska blog
  • Posting to NOLS Alaska’s Facebook site
  • Updating NOLS Alaska’s intranet site
  • Maintaining and repairing outdoor equipment


  • At least 21 years old, with some exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
  • Graduate/participant of a NOLS field expedition course/WMI course/NOLS Pro course preferred (if not a NOLS grad, applicant must demonstrate an interest in working for the outdoor industry, education, or the nonprofit sector.)
  • U.S. citizen and ethnically American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or multiracial (categories defined by the EEOC, U.S. Census Bureau).
  • Self directed and motivated
  • Exceptional Expedition Behavior (EB)
  • Competent with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Excellent critical thinking and communication skills • Ability to work well in a dynamic environment and adjust priorities quickly
  • Thorough, punctual, dependable
  • Understanding and passion for the NOLS mission
  • Physically able to bend, stoop, crouch, lift (up to 40 lbs.), frequent walk, and stand for extended periods of time.

Post Fellowship: Fellows must be willing to serve as a NOLS ambassador for a minimum of one year following their fellowship, specifically working with NOLS Diversity and Inclusion to help with outreach and marketing efforts in their local communities.

Criminal Background Check: A criminal background check is required for all NOLS employees.

How to apply: Send cover letter, résumé, and one professional reference (contact information or letter of recommendation) to

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