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NOLS Rocky Mountain Fellowship

Two positions available!

The Spring/Summer Fellowship program is designed for People of Color with a strong interest in becoming a NOLS Expedition Instructor.

NOLS defines People of Color as individuals who self-identify as ethnically American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or multiracial (categories defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Census Bureau).

The six- to eight- month Fellowship program combines one-on-one mentorship, in-town work, and backcountry experience to provide a structured pathway for People of Color to become Expedition Instructors.

Upon conclusion of the in-town portion of the Fellowship in early May 2017, Fellows will spend an intensive summer in the backcountry, either as a student or an Instructor-In-Training. At the end of August 2017, Fellows will exit the backcountry with the institutional experience and wilderness skills training to make them competitive candidates for a NOLS Instructor Course.

In-town Duration: February 20, 2017 – May 12, 2017
(~12 weeks)

Total Program Duration:   February, 20 2016 – August 30, 2017
Application Deadline: November 25, 2016

Position Location: Lander, Wyoming

Compensation: $360/week plus a reimbursement for travel up to $500

Food and Lodging: Each Fellow will be provided a room at the Noble Hotel, NOLS’ dormitory-style lodging for students and instructors. Fellows will have communal use of kitchen and living areas. Meals are provided when students are at NOLS Rocky Mountain headquarters, about 15% of the time. Other food is purchased and prepared by the Fellows.

Position Description: Fellows will spend time in both the equipment and rations departments, learning the skills needed to support students and staff embarking on extended wilderness expeditions. Fellows will also be exposed to the program and transportation departments.

Throughout the program, Fellows will gain the practical experience and institutional knowledge that will strengthen their candidacy for an instructor course.

Direct support for course logistics:

  • Plan and organize food for backcountry rations
  • Issue and de-issue students the necessary gear for their courses
  • Maintain and repair equipment
  • Update map inventory and repair maps

In-direct support of branch operations:

  • Attend defensive driving training and serve as an evacuation driver for NOLS courses (evacuation driving is paid separately, in addition to the weekly stipend)
  • Coordinate NOLS participation in community events
  • Create relationships with local organizations working in the outdoors
  • Update blog and social media sites
  • Other projects and duties as assigned
  • Planning outreach events for local students and their families in the Lander community

Other opportunities that may exist depending upon course schedules:

  • Participate in the instructor briefing and de-briefing process
  • Present information to students informally or formally through classes
  • Participate in NOLS school meetings, seminars and trainings
  • Provide logistical and programmatic support for NOLS Custom Education courses, which may include overnight travel to NOLS Rocky Mountain River Base in Vernal, Utah

Essential Qualifications:

  • Strong interest in becoming a NOLS Expedition Instructor
  • Self-directed and motivated
  • Ability to work well in a dynamic environment and adjust priorities quickly
  • Thorough, punctual, and dependable
  • Excellent communication and decision-making skills
  • Competent with Google Drive technology
  • Appreciation for the NOLS mission
  • Physically able to bend, stoop, crouch, lift (up to 40 pounds), frequently walk, and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Able to effectively work in a team environment as well as independently

Motor Vehicle Record: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the position start date, possess a valid driver’s license, have a clean driving history and be able to meet the criteria for NOLS vehicle insurance coverage.

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

E-Verify: NOLS participates in E-Verify. If employed, candidates will be asked to produce evidence that they are eligible for employment in the United States.

How to apply: 

The NOLS Fellowship is a 2-step application process.

Step 1. Complete the form at the following link: START YOUR FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION HERE!

Step 2. E-mail cover letter, resume and one (1) professional reference to:

Sydney Clark
NOLS Diversity and Inclusion Manager

Please contact Sydney Clark at the above email or phone number with specific questions about the application process or the work and living environment at NOLS Rocky Mountain. 

Thank you for your interest in the NOLS Fellowship!
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