Internship Announcement


SUPERVISOR TITLE: NOLS Southwest Assistant Director


DATES OF INTERNSHIP: August 28, 2019 - December 1, 2019. 

INTERNSHIP OBJECTIVE: The Southwest internship provides an opportunity to gain exposure to the skills needed to operate and support wilderness-based experiential education programs.


  • At least 21 years old, due to NOLS vehicle insurance requirements.
  • Experience working in a team environment—critical thinking and strong communication skills are essential.
  • Ability to work independently—experience in self-directed work is also valued.
  • Thorough, punctual, and dependable.
  • Willingness to engage in feedback and maintain a growth mindset.
  • Ability to lift and carry gear including, but not limited to, duffel bags, boats, and boxes of gear—up to 40 lbs. in weight.
  • All interns are required to have health insurance.


  • Learn how to plan bulk rations for expedition-style field courses, and assist with preparing course food.
  • Learn to outfit students with appropriate personal and group equipment, and assist students one-on-one with their gear selection.
  • Participate in defensive driving training, and assist with student evacuations or other driving duties as assigned.
  • Gain experience in social media networks by helping manage the Southwest’s social media site, and assist with blog posts for the NOLS website.
  • Research and/or contribute to program curriculum on leadership, outdoor skills, environmental studies, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Coordinate NOLS' participation in community outreach and service events.
  • Observe the instructor briefing and debriefing process.

Additional opportunities may include:

  • Possible overnight visit to an expedition field course.
  • Present information to students through informal or formal classes.
  • Complimentary equipment rental.
  • Attend NOLS trainings as available.

HOUSING: Rustic-style housing is provided (bed, shared bath, communal lounge and kitchen). Basic food staples are provided and meals are available when students are in town. 

College credit may be available.

A weekly stipend of $100/week is provided to help defray expenses incurred during the internship.

Note: Interns should not expect a paid position at the conclusion of the internship.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK: A criminal background check is required.

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.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume to Ben Venter.
Phone: 520-749-0955
Contact Ben Venter with questions.


STARTING DATE: August 28, 2019.

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