Internship Announcement


SUPERVISOR TITLE:  NOLS Southwest Assistant Director


DATES OF INTERNSHIP:  August 28, 2017 - December 4, 2017 

INTERNSHIP OBJECTIVE: The Southwest internship provides the opportunity to learn the skills needed to plan, outfit, and ration wilderness-based expeditions. The intern will gain an immersive understanding of experiential education programming and field curriculum. In addition, the intern will organize an outreach event or service project with local Tucson communities.


  • At least 21 years old, due to NOLS vehicle insurance requirements
  • Self-directed and motivated 
  • Exceptional expedition behavior (EB) 
  • Competence with Word and Google Drive 
  • Excellent critical thinking and communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a dynamic office environment, and adjust priorities quickly
  • Thorough, punctual, dependable
  • Good sense of humor
  • Nice human being
  • Physically able to bend, stoop, crouch, lift (up to 40 lbs.), frequently walk, and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Preferably a graduate or past participant of NOLS Expeditions, NOLS Wilderness Medicine, or NOLS Custom Education
  • All interns are required to have health insurance


  • Learn how to plan bulk-rations for expedition-style field courses and assist with preparing course rations
  • 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 managing 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, and environmental studies
  • Coordinate NOLS participation in community events
  • Observe the instructor briefing and debriefing process

Additional opportunities may include:

  • Possible overnight visit to a semester course
  • Present information to students through informal or formal classes
  • Complimentary equipment rental
  • Attend NOLS trainings as available
  • College Credit may be available

A weekly stipend of $100/week is provided to help defray expenses incurred during the internship (this stipend is taxable)

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

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

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK:  A criminal background check is required

E-VERIFY:  NOLS participates in E-verify

HOW TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume to:

Kathleen Opeka
NOLS Southwest Assistant Director 


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