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JOB TITLE:  NOLS Teton Valley Operations Assistant

REPORTS TO: NOLS Teton Valley Assistant Director

JOB OBJECTIVE: This “generalist position” provides the behind-the-scenes expertise that supports NOLS expedition-style courses in the field and at NOLS Teton Valley. Responsibilities entail driving, providing support to students and faculty before, during, and after courses, and working as a member of a hard working, high-energy team to ensure high-quality food, gear, facilities, and vehicles. This entry-level position provides an opportunity to learn and understand NOLS operations as a whole, and provides the support necessary to ensure a successful student experience. We will be hiring three operations assistants for the summer. One will primarily work in the issue room. The second will primarily work with the food departments. The third will work more closely with the transportation and facilities manager. Please specify in your cover letter which position you are interested in.

QUALIFICATIONS: Great communication, flexibility, tolerance for adversity and excellent Expedition Behavior are all essential components of a successful summer at NOLS Teton Valley. The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate the desire to work hard, live in a small community, and build skills in a range of areas including education, leadership, facilitation, and organization. In addition, the successful candidate will experience in one or more of the following fields: Experiential outdoor education, outdoor recreation, outdoor retail, use and maintenance of outdoor equipment, support services, food preparation, basic vehicle maintenance and peer leadership. Experience driving vans, trucks and trailers is desired.

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: The operations assistant will need to demonstrate excellent self leadership and active followership in this role. This position does not have supervisory duties but does need to be an excellent team member.


50% - Assist the kitchen manager, rations manager, and equipment manager with providing pre- and post-course support to our summer programs.

40% -Drive courses to and from the field, as well as re-rations and evacuations will be a major component of the position. Other duties will include helping to keep the facilities and vehicles clean and in good repair.

10% -Assist the program supervisor(s), assistant director and director with administrative work and other tasks as needed.

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 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: Send a cover letter and résumé to:

Dan Verbeten
Assistant Director
NOLS Teton Valley
1690 East 2000 South
Driggs, ID 83422
(208) 354-8084 fax

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: March 18, 2016. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

DATES OF POSITION: May 23 - August 31, 2016

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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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