The NOLS Curriculum & Research Intern will support the NOLS Curriculum & Research Department with special projects, including:
- Act as research librarian in the NOLS Faculty Library (Noble Hotel) for all instructor, educator, and semester courses and for the 700+ NOLS field staff. Librarian duties also include normal library maintenance and database entries.
- Curriculum development: help research topics for current projects
- Help with research logistical support: administering surveys, processing data, chasing down missing survey respondees, and contacting instructor teams.
- Help maintain the student book swap to make books available for the ~2,000 NOLS students who pass through Lander each year
- Assist with Faculty Summit (5/7-9) prep, execution, clean-up, and follow-through projects
- Team up with the NOLS intern team, pitching in on other projects around NOLS and soliciting help from other interns to cover job responsibilities and broaden the team’s learning opportunities
- Assist with issuing and de-issuing courses at the Rocky Mountain Branch on their busiest days
- Do other tasks based on need and your own passions and talents
Position Location and Length
The position is based in Lander, Wyoming at NOLS headquarters, specifically in the NOLS Faculty Library in the Noble Hotel. It will run from early May through August, 2012. The start date is flexible, ideally including participation in the Faculty Summit.
Skills Development Opportunities
The Curriculum and Research intern will primarily get experience locating materials for wilderness educators when they are preparing classes to teach in the field. This will include books and files from the NOLS Faculty Library as well as online searches. This will expose the intern to a broad base of wilderness education materials and a diverse group of hundreds of wilderness educators.
Other potential opportunities at NOLS include:
- Attend NOLS school-wide meetings and trainings (as availability allows)
- Equipment rental (as availability allows)
- Exposure to a variety of skills and expertise needed to operate a large wilderness-based experiential education school
Other potential non-NOLS opportunities in Lander include:
- Recreate with like-minded interns in NOLS’s home base in the Wind River Range, including Sinks Canyon and Wild Iris. (This is unsupervised recreation on your own time and initiative).
- Participate in the International Climbers Festival in Lander July 10-14, 2013.
- Education: Major completion of a bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement: this person needs to be reading and writing at the college junior level. Graduate student status is preferred.
- Work ethic: Thorough, dependable, punctual, and organized
- Low maintenance: Self-directed, good sense of humor
- Communication skills: person must be reading, writing, and speaking at the college junior level
- Can-do attitude: Creative, self-directed, and solution-oriented
- Understanding and passion for the NOLS mission is essential. Being a NOLS graduate is helpful. Experience teaching outdoors is also helpful.
Adaptability: we will gladly align this internship with the intern system at your home school as long as this doesn’t create a huge administrative task load or cut into the above goals.
Intellectual property: NOLS exclusively owns all intellectual property (writing, drawing, photography, software development, etc.) created by NOLS employees during the hours of NOLS employment.
Personal behavior: this intern represents NOLS to hundreds of staff and students. All staff at our school are expected to behave as positive role models.
Criminal Background Check: A criminal background check is required of all NOLS employees.
NOLS participates in E-Verify
Compensation: A stipend of $125 per week is provided. This is taxable. Food and lodging are not provided.
Closing date: Send applications by March 4, 2013. We will make a decision by March 15, 2013.
Contact: Interested individuals should send a resume and cover letter to:
John Gookin, Ph.D.
NOLS Curriculum & Research Manager email@example.com