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JOB TITLE: NOLS Teton Valley Equipment Manager

REPORTS TO: NOLS Teton Valley Assistant Director

JOB OBJECTIVE: Manage equipment inventories (backpack, telemark, snowboard, alpine touring) and ensure adequate supply, quality and selection of equipment for year-round field operations. Work with program team on meeting student and staff equipment needs. Manage issue and de-issue of equipment, and subsequent accounting for all rental charges and purchases. Help transport students to course areas.

QUALIFICATIONS: A pleasant and approachable manner with staff and students as well as a high degree of motivation, initiative, and strong organizational skills are required. Effective communication skills, creative problem solving and the ability to work well as part of a team to ensure the smooth running of the branch are necessary. Must be willing and able to work long hours on a flexible schedule.

Must possess a thorough knowledge of outdoor recreation equipment use and its repair. Basic competence with Macintosh computers, Excel spreadsheets and Word processing preferred. Experience driving in a variety of conditions is required. Defensive driving training is preferred. NOLS faculty with field experience at patrol leader level preferred. Thorough understanding of NOLS philosophy and course mission is vital.

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Supervise operations assistant. Supervise and instruct staff and students in selection, maintenance and use of course equipment.

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Inventory of course and rental equipment within a budget of $70,000. Inventory of merchandise within a budget of $30,000. Manage accounting of all student and staff charges. Maintain safe, clean effective issue room.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Participate fully as an invested member of the NOLS Teton Valley team.

60% Organize and oversee smooth operation of Teton Valley outfitting facility.

  • Maintain, clean and repair course equipment. Contract with external sources as needed. Maintain repair tools and work area in a clean, safe, efficient manner. Provide training and supervision for equipment staff and faculty in equipment maintenance, inspection, and repair.
  • Inventory and keep accurate records of outfitting equipment and supplies. Compile and track orders; maintain inventory within budget. Advise director on long-term planning.
  • Maintain accurate records of equipment sales and rental charges.
  • Maintain all outfitting related course paperwork.
  • Brief and debrief faculty on equipment availability, function and needs.
  • Manage effective issue and de-issue process.
  • Plan for and promote sales of merchandise and used course equipment.

30% Share in course transportation. Perform light maintenance on NOLS vehicles and inspect for safe operational status. Share in evacuation driver duties.

10% Work in coordination with the team on projects to maintain facility and programs.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK: A criminal background check is required from all NOLS employees.


MOTOR VEHICLE CHECK: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the position start date and possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving history.

WORK LOCATION: NOLS Teton Valley, located in Driggs, Idaho, at the foot of the western side of the Teton Range (40 minutes from Jackson Hole, WY). Limited dormitory style housing is available on a priority basis, but staff members are not required to live on-property.

HOW TO APPLY: Mail, e-mail or fax cover letter and résumé to:
Dan Verbeten, Assistant Director
NOLS Teton Valley
166 East 200 South Driggs, ID 83422
(208) 354-8084 fax

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: March 22nd, 2013. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

DATES OF POSITION: May through September 2013 AND December 2013 through March 2014.

Housed in an old Mormon church, NOLS Teton Valley is a medium-sized branch with a shower facility, a briefing room, student bunkrooms and a gear barn. Photo: John Fitzgerald
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