Position Announcement

JOB TITLE:  NOLS Alaska Bus Driver
REPORTS TO:  NOLS Alaska Transportation Manager
JOB OBJECTIVE:  Provide safe transportation in a variety of NOLS vehicles, including school buses.

  • Commercial drivers license (CDL).
  • Excellent driving skills and willingness to complete NOLS Defensive Driver training.
  • Able to work flexible hours including some overnight drives, weekends and holidays.
  • Previous experience with driving buses and small trailer towing.
  • Able to drive long hours (up to12 hours/day).
  • Able to lift up to 50lbs.
  • Possess basic mechanical aptitude and ability to consistently perform pre-trip mechanical inspection of vehicles, as well as manage minor roadside mechanical issues.
  • Able to work independently, be attentive to details and resourceful.
  • Desire to interact with NOLS students, instructors and in-town staff.


  • Manage petty cash for driver expenses.
  • Maintain a driver log book.
  • Perform thorough vehicle pre-trip inspection.
  • Ensure vehicles are loaded with the necessary food, equipment, and other supplies before each drive.
  • Supervise equipment loading and passenger safety.
  • Drive NOLS courses to various locations around Alaska.
  • Drop and retrieve equipment and other supplies at various pilot hangers.
  • Maintain clean and professional condition of bus.

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: Palmer, Alaska

WORK CONDITIONS:  Three 3-month positions available:  1 full-time and 2 part-time (at least 20 hours per week). Private rustic housing is available on-site. Kitchen and living areas are shared with other staff. Meals are provided during the operating season.

STARTING DATE:  May 11, 2018. Start date flexible.

Email cover letter and resume to NOLS Alaska Office Manager Leda Borys at leda_borys@nols.edu.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS:  Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until filled.

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