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NOLS Pacific Northwest Fellowship

DURATION: May 23rd - August 12th


POSITION LOCATION: NOLS Pacific Northwest, Conway, Washington

PAY: $9.47/hour ($378/week) plus a reimbursement of up to $600 for travel

FOOD AND Lodging: Lodging and meal package provided for $55/wk. Meals are provided when students are at the branch (approximately 70% of meals). Lodging includes a personal living space 103 sq. ft. housing unit, shared bath and shower facilities, and a shared staff space with communal kitchen and living room.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Fellowships at NOLS are opportunities for promising young grads of color who are interested in working on the outdoor field to gain valuable experience working for NOLS. This program builds a bridge for these students between graduating from NOLS and pursuing a career at NOLS or in the field of outdoor education.

The goal of the NOLS Pacific Northwest Fellowship is to provide the Fellow with practical experience and exposure to the behind-the-scenes work it takes to run a large-scale and international outdoor education program in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Rotate through the operational and program departments while learning the skills needed to support students and staff embarking on extended wilderness expeditions
    • Plan, bag, and box student rations
    • Assist Facilities & Fleet Manager with routine maintenance of the branch and vehicles
    • Issue and deissue student gear for courses; prepare and repair gear
    • Update off-trail guides and map inventory
    • Assist in planning and preparing intown meals
    • Drive courses and/or individual students to and from the field
  • Design and complete an outreach project with measurable goals and outcomes
  • Assist staff to strengthen relationships with local organizations including attending marketing
  • Assist with location-specific initiatives such as lowering pack weights and environmental sustainability efforts
  • Other duties as assigned


  • At least 21 years old with a clean driving history to be able to meet the criteria for NOLS vehicle insurance coverage.
  • Graduate/participant of a NOLS field expedition course/WMI course/NOLS Pro course (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
  • Competence with Microsoft Word and Excel preferred
  • 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.), frequently walk, and stand for extended periods of time.

POST-FELLOWSHIP: The fellowship is designed, in part, to bring more women and men of color into outdoor education. In the selection process, preference will be given to applicants with an interest in pursuing a career as a NOLS instructor. For those fellows who perform well and qualify, NOLS will provide a formal path to becoming a field instructor. Fellows will also be asked 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 from 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, resume and one professional reference (contact information or letter of recommendation) to:

Please contact NOLS Pacific Northwest Operations Manager Kristin Roth ( with specific questions about NOLS Pacific Northwest work and living environment.

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