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NOLS Rocky Mountain Fellowship

Duration: May 15 – August 31, 2015 (Dates flexible)

Application Deadline: March 20, 2015

Position Location: NOLS Rocky Mountain, Lander, Wyoming

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: Housing is not available for summer Fellows at NOLS Rocky Mountain. Lander has a fairly robust rental market, with rooms available for short-term sublet. Opportunities to housesit for NOLS employees may also exist; however, they cannot be guaranteed. Additionally, there is free camping in City Park, which many interns, fellows, and instructors take advantage of.

Position Description: The goal of the NOLS Rocky Mountain Fellowship is to provide the fellow with practical experience and valuable exposure to every facet of in-town work at the school.

The fellow will spend time assisting the outfitting, rations, program, and special projects (outreach) departments, learning the skills needed to support students and staff embarking on extended wilderness expeditions.

In addition to assisting in the daily operations of NOLS Rocky Mountain, the fellow will take on self-directed projects, including those that further the diversity and inclusion goals of the school. These may include:

  • Working directly with students from our Gateway Partner organizations, many of whom come from urban areas and are new to outdoor experiences. This will include welcoming those students to the branch and assisting them throughout the issue and outfitting process
  • Planning outreach events for local students and their families in the Lander community
  • Providing logistical and programmatic support for custom NOLS Professional Training courses involving urban students. This may include overnight travel to NOLS Rocky Mountain River Base, in Vernal, Utah, or NOLS Three Peaks Ranch, in Boulder, Wyoming
  • Organizing a two-day top-rope rock climbing experience for incoming first-years at Lander Valley High School
  • Developing curriculum and instructor resources on emerging topics in diversity and inclusion
  • Other duties as assigned by the special projects coordinator


  • At least 21 years old
  • Graduate/participant of a NOLS field expedition course/WMI course/NOLS Pro course preferred. If not a NOLS graduate, applicant must demonstrate an interest in working in outdoor or experiential education
  • 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 Office and Google Drive • Excellent critical thinking and communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a dynamic environment and adjust priorities quickly
  • Thorough, punctual, dependable, and nice
  • Understanding and passion for the NOLS mission
  • Physically able to bend, stoop, crouch, lift (up to 40 lb.), 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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