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NOLS Rocky Mountain Fellowship

DURATION: Duration: May 15th – August 31st (12 weeks within this


POSITION LOCATION: NOLS Rocky Mountain, Lander, Wyoming

PAY: $360/week, plus travel reimbursement up to $600

FOOD AND LODGING: Meals are provided when students are at the branch (approximately 50% of meals). Housing is not provided by NOLS 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 who come from urban areas and are new to outdoor experiences. This will include personally reaching out to these students before their courses to answer any last- minute questions; welcoming them to the Rocky Mountain campus; and assisting them throughout the issue and outfitting process.
  • Planning outreach events for local students and their families in the Lander community.
  • Attending a Cultural Competency Seminar, a professional development opportunity for field instructors and in-town staff.
  • Providing logistical and programmatic support for custom NOLS Professional Training courses. 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 and a three-day climbing experience for students from CityKids, in Washington, DC
  • 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: 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 for all NOLS employees.

E-VERIFY:  NOLS participates in E-Verify

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

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