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INTERSHIP: NOLS Southwest Internship


APPLICATIONS DUE: November 25, 2015




CONTACT: Interested individuals should send a resume, cover letter, and letter of recommendation:


Kathleen Pelto

NOLS Southwest Assistant Director


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



  • At least 21 years old, with some exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
  • Preferably a graduate or past participant of a NOLS field expedition course, wilderness medicine course, or professional training course.
  • Self-directed and motivated
  • Exceptional Expedition Behavior (EB)
  • Competent with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google applications
  • Excellent critical thinking and communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a dynamic office environment, and adjust priorities quickly - Thorough, punctual, dependable
  • Understanding and passion for the NOLS mission
  • Physically able to bend, stoop, crouch, lift (up to 40 lbs.), frequently walk, and stand for extended periods of time.

COMPENSATION: A $100/week stipend is provided

FOOD & LODGING: Rustic housing is provided at NOLS Southwest, and meals are available when students are in town.

DURATION: December 30, 2015 - May 12, 2016 (negotiable)


  • Plan, bag, and organize food for backcountry rations; create spice kits.
  • Assist in planning and preparing in-town meals for staff and students
  • Coordinate NOLS participation in community events
  • Issue and de-issue students the necessary gear for their courses
  • Maintain and repair equipment
  • Update map inventory and print maps
  • Defensive driving training; driving duties as assigned
  • Update blog and social media sites
  • Research and/or contribute to a new, innovative project for NOLS Southwest
  • Other projects and duties as assigned


  • 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

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK: A criminal background check is required for all NOLS interns and employees.

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