Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: NOLS Alaska Rations Manager

REPORTS TO: NOLS Alaska Program Director

JOB OBJECTIVE:  Supervise and execute all aspects of NOLS Alaska bulk food rationing system. This includes the planning, ordering and packaging of food (rations) for backcountry expeditions. Facilitate nutrition education for students and staff. Educate and assist staff and students with rations and food purchases. Create a welcoming and inclusive work environment.


  • Desire to work, teach, and interact with NOLS students and instructors.
  • Desire to work in a dynamic environment.
  • Possess excellent organizational and communication skills, and be detail oriented.
  • Must be self-motivated to work independently when needed.
  • Must be a team player who can work collaboratively with others, and work with the best interests of the team in mind.
  • Familiarity working with Microsoft Word, Excel, BITE, and Google suite.
  • Able to work flexible and irregular hours, with a goal of maintaining a 40-hour work week, with some early summer mornings and weekends throughout the season.
  • Physically able to bend, stoop, crouch, lift (up to 40 lbs.), frequently walk, and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Experience working with bulk food planning and nutrition is helpful.
  • NOLS field experience is preferred.

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Supervise one Rations Assistant Manager and at least one Rations Assistant 

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Manage a budget of approximately $135,000. Work with Alaska Program Director to plan and acquire all short and long-term assets for the rations department  


  • Arrive to work promptly and with a clean, neat appearance.
  • Create a welcoming, low stress environment 
  • Brief instructors on the course rationing process; plan appropriately for course type and duration.
  • Supervise instructors and students throughout the course preparation and deissue processes. 
  • Supervise the rations department in a thriving workplace.
  • Plan for and pack course resupplies.
  • Clean, organize and maintain the rations department and pertinent storage areas.
  • Monitor inventory and manage budget, including sales revenues.
  • Establish accounts with vendors and place timely and cost-efficient orders in combination with the rations department assistant manager.
  • Assist students and instructors who have food intolerances or allergies and be the primary responder to NOLS Admission Office Food Allergy Questionnaires when available. 
  • Complete purchasing requisitions in coordination with NOLS World Headquarters finance department and the rations department assistant manager.
  • Assist in the rations-specific training of operations assistants as needed. 
  • Maintain a clean, orderly, and sanitary department; adhere to proper sanitation and state/local health codes.
  • Teach nutrition basics to students and faculty.
  • Facilitate the periodic sale of food to the public, private groups, students, and instructors.
  • Actively contribute to a positive and healthy community living environment while striving to maintain balance between work and life.
  • Possibility of field and/or classroom work for qualified NOLS instructors.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: NOLS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetics information, disability unrelated to job or admission requirements, or status as a protected veteran. The school’s nondiscrimination policy applies to all phases of its employment process, its admission and financial aid programs, and to all other aspects of its educational programs and activities. Retaliation directed to any person who pursues a discrimination complaint or grievance, participates in a discrimination investigation, or otherwise opposes unlawful discrimination is prohibited.

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 Alaska in Palmer, Alaska.

Work Conditions: This is a 5-month position. Private rustic housing is provided on-site. Meals are cooked for staff during the operating season. Kitchen and living areas are shared with other NOLS Alaska staff. Employees will be expected to follow COVID in-town mitigation practices at all times. Campus fees apply for staff living on site.

HOW TO APPLY: send cover letter and resume to: Chris Brauneis, NOLS Alaska Program Director.
Phone: (907) 746-4047, ext. 3330
Contact: Chris Brauneis with questions.
Closing Date For Applications: Applications accepted through January 4, 2021. 
Starting Date: April 12, 2021. 


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