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JOB TITLE: Pacific Northwest Summer Intern

REPORTS TO: Pacific Northwest Assistant Director

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Acquire a broad understanding of NOLS’ operations by assisting in a variety of support services at NOLS Pacific Northwest. Gain exposure to the skills, and expertise needed to operate a wilderness-based, experiential education school.

INTERNSHIP OBJECTIVE: Create and implement a long-term project that helps meet NOLS PNW environmental sustainability goals. Learn all aspects of program office responsibilities and assist program supervisors with course preparation and closure.

QUALIFICATIONS: NOLS graduate preferred; College graduate or college senior with excellent verbal and written communication skills; self-motivated and able to work independently; thorough, dependable, punctual and organized. Experience with graphic arts/visual media is an asset. An ability to live and work in a small community is essential.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Work with the NOLS PNW assistant director in establishing sustainability education initiatives including, but not limited to recycling, energy use reduction, food sourcing, composting, and community outreach. Create a long-term project that helps meet school sustainability strategic goals.

  • Assist in the outfitting and rationing of courses.
  • Assist in internal website development, including writing weekly blog updates.
  • Assist with administrative tasks as needed.
  • Assist with facilities maintenance tasks as needed.
  • Coordinate NOLS participation in community events
  • Participate in the instructor briefing and debriefing process
  • Present information to students informally or formally through classes
  • Participate in NOLS school meetings and trainings (as availability allows)
  • Outdoor trips with NOLS employees to develop technical skills.

    BENEFITS: $100 weekly stipend. NOLS PNW provides free room and board.

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

    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.

    E-VERIFY: NOLS participates in E-verify.

    HOW TO APPLY:Send a cover letter and resume to:

    Carrie Dodge

    Contact Carrie Dodge with questions.

    POSITION LOCATION and SEASON: NOLS Pacific Northwest, Conway, Washington. 3-month summer position only from June through August

    CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Each year applications are accepted between January 10 and February 15.

Gain a broad understanding of NOLS’ in-town operations by assisting in all areas of support service at NOLS Pacific Northwest.
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