Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: NOLS Three Peaks Ranch Horsepacking Fellow

REPORTS TO: NOLS Three Peaks Ranch Manager

JOB OBJECTIVE:The Summer Fellowship program is designed for People of Color with a strong interest in a career in outdoor education.

NOLS defines People of Color as individuals who self-identify as ethnically American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or Multiracial (categories defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Census Bureau).
The NOLS Three Peaks Ranch Horsepacking Fellowship program combines one-on-one mentorship, in-town logistical work, and exposure to the operational structure that supports NOLS field expeditions. For some, this opportunity can provide a structured pathway to become expedition instructors. For others, this opportunity may be a pathway for operations and logistics work in outdoor education.

PROGRAM DURATION: Flexible: Late May/early June – Mid August/September, 2021.

WORK LOCATION: Three Peaks Ranch, Boulder, Wyoming.

COMPENSATION: $487/week.

FOOD AND LODGING: Fellows receive a private bedroom, either in a shared house or cabin, and communal use of kitchen, living areas, and food staples. Full meals provided when students are at the ranch.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Fellow will learn, participate and/or oversee all aspects of ranch operations, including, but not limited to: pack food and equipment into remote areas of the Wind River Mountains on horseback, irrigation/pasture maintenance, tack/gear repair, vehicle maintenance, barn organization, issue room preparation or facilities/grounds maintenance. Support courses during their time at Three Peaks Ranch and in the field. Be a resource to instructors, students, and visitors.  Throughout the program, fellows will gain the practical experience and institutional knowledge to strengthen their candidacy for a NOLS instructor course.


  • Prepare and conduct re-supply trips with pack stock in remote mountain settings 
  • Assist with, or oversee, various aspects of ranch operations - irrigation, horsemanship, horse care, gear maintenance, course outfitting, facilities maintenance, etc.
  • Issue and de-issue the necessary gear for courses.
  • Assist with vehicle inspections, loading, and transporting people and stock.
  • Work with project horses in the NOLS herd, could include groundwork, footwork, riding, exercising, and/or training, as directed.  
  • Support operational logistics and transportation tasks.
  • Maintain effective communication and work closely and effectively in a team setting with others.
  • Maintain and develop positive relations with local businesses and community.
  • Create a welcoming environment and support students and instructors on horse courses, as needed. 
  • Participate in the instructor briefing and debriefing process.
  • Present information to students informally or formally through classes.
  • Potential for an Instructor In Training (IIT) or Aide position on a NOLS course.


  • A strong work ethic, communication skills and self-motivation. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Ability to perform physical labor and lift 80 lb. panniers onto the back of a horse with assistance. 
  • Desire to learn, live, and work in a small community, and contribute to a positive working and living environment. 
  • Must be able to accommodate an ever-changing work schedule, which may include working weekends and long days over several weeks at a time. 
  • Clean and prepare facilities, as a part of a living and working environment.
  • Desire to learn and then execute ranch operations and horse-packing practices. 
  • Experience in and/or willingness to learn some of the following skills: horsemanship, vetting, shoeing, hauling livestock, pasture maintenance, construction, and/or vehicle maintenance skills.

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: May supervise others on re-supply trips and at Three Peaks. Responsible for driving students and other staff as well as hauling horses to and from re-supply and course locations. Oversee stock well-being in the backcountry and at Three Peaks Ranch.

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Responsible for petty cash, credit cards, and accounts as necessary.

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 for 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, possess a valid driver’s license, have a clean driving history and be able to meet the criteria for NOLS vehicle insurance coverage.


Step 1. Complete the form at the following link:

Step 2. Email cover letter, resume and contact information for three (3) professional 
 reference to:  McKenzie Woolley, Three Peaks Ranch Manager

Email: mckenzie_woolley@nols.edu


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