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NOLS Alaska Fellowship

DURATION: May 16th - August 26th (12 weeks within this date range)


POSITION LOCATION: NOLS Alaska, Palmer, Alaska

PAY: $9.75/hours ($390/week) plus a reimbursement of up to $600 for travel

FOOD AND LODGING: Lodging and meal package provided for $60/wk. 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
  • Updating the NOLS AK blog
  • Updating NOLS AK’s intra-net website
  • 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 and marketing outreach efforts in their local communities.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK: A criminal background check is required for all NOLS employees.

E-VERIFY:  NOLS participates in E-Verify

MOTOR VEHICLE RECORD:  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.

HOW TO APPLY:  Send cover letter, résumé, and one professional reference (contact information or letter of recommendation) to:

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