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JOB TITLE: NOLS Southwest Rations & Kitchen Manager

REPORTS TO: NOLS Southwest Assistant Director

JOB OBJECTIVE: Oversee all aspects of the NOLS Southwest rations and kitchen department. Provide nutritious food for all persons attending Southwest courses. Participate as a member of the NOLS Southwest team in problem solving, operations support, and facilities maintenance.

QUALIFICATIONS: Familiarity with the philosophy of NOLS field rations and rationing system is strongly preferred. A current NOLS instructor and/or NOLS graduate is preferred. Must possess strong organizational skills and work ethic. Must be detail- oriented and have the ability to work independently. Must be able to create and maintain impeccably clean work spaces. Must be in good physical condition and able to lift and carry 50 lbs. Excellent oral communication skills are necessary. Ability to work flexible hours is required, including some weekends and holidays. Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office, Excel, Google Applications, and NOLS’ BITE software is desired. Some prior budgetary experience is helpful. Must have a desire to interact with NOLS students and to live and work in a small community.

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: As a member of the NOLS Southwest team, offer and receive timely feedback among team members regarding performance. Work closely with seasonal interns and fellows during their time in the rations and kitchen department. Facilitate students and staff in the rationing process on issue and de-issue days.

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Purchase and track food related expenses valued at approximately $60,000. Work with assistant director/director on planning the rations and kitchen budget. Contribute to long-term improvements to the rations systems. He/she will use local business accounts, petty cash, and credit cards and be responsible for impeccable receipt management and record keeping.


25% Planning, Ordering & Administrative: Plan field rations using NOLS’ BITE software program. Purchase rations for all NOLS Southwest courses. Develop and maintain positive relationships with food vendors. Track food inventory through BITE and ensure that sufficient quantities are available to meet course needs. Perform associated bookkeeping duties. Track expenses.

25% Rationing: Brief and advise field instructors on course rations. Oversee students and staff in the preparation of field rations on issue days. Create nutritious, balanced ration plans for students and instructors with food intolerances or allergies, and educate them on management strategies for their course. Teach students about the NOLS rationing process and proper nutrition in the backcountry. Facilitate the ration planning process for independent student expedition sections on semesters. 20% Food Preparation: Plan and order catered in-town meals and perform ‘light’ cooking/reheating in bulk for other in-town meals. Purchase and coordinate road meals.

20% Maintenance & Cleaning: Maintain an impeccably clean and organized rations room and kitchen. Stock all course food supplies. Oversee that food preparation, serving, and storage equipment is maintained in a sanitary, functional condition.

10% Other Operations Support: Assist with NOLS Southwest operations, including outfitting, transportation, evacuations, and program duties. Drive courses to trailheads. Perform other regular facility clean up, maintenance, and special projects as assigned by the assistant director or director. (We are a small location and rely on an employee's skills as applicable.)

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.

WORK LOCATION: NOLS Southwest - Tucson, Arizona

WORKING CONDITIONS:  This is an approximate 8 months per year position (late August to early December and late December to mid-May). Private rustic housing is provided on-site. Kitchen and living areas are communal with other NOLS Southwest in- town staff (and field faculty when on-site). NOLS Southwest provides meals when students are in town.

HOW TO APPLY: Email cover letter and résumé to:

Lindsay Nohl
NOLS Southwest Director

Please email or call with questions (520) 749- 0955 (NOLS Southwest).


STARTING DATE: December 29, 2017

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