Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: NOLS Alaska Facilities Manager

REPORTS TO: NOLS Alaska Operations Manager

JOB OBJECTIVE: Provide staff and students with a safe, clean, and comfortable working and living environment by maintaining facilities, grounds, and equipment.


  • Excellent communication skills, a high level of initiative, and a strong work ethic are essential.
  • Knowledge of use and maintenance of lawn care equipment is necessary.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 60 lbs. Examples include, but are not limited to, propane tanks, laundry, and maintenance tools.
  • Must be able to perform physical work under a variety of conditions indoors and outdoors; climb and work from a ladder; and operate a variety of tools and landscaping equipment.
  • Ability to work independently with strong attention to detail.
  • Communicate clearly and builds positive working relationships with others.
  • Able to work flexible hours, including weekends and holidays.
  • Has a desire to live and work in a small community.
  • Must meet NOLS driving requirements.

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Supervision, scheduling, and training of two other staff. Offer and receive timely feedback within the NOLS Alaska team.

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Responsible for upkeep, maintenance, and repair of campus equipment and facilities. Update maintenance records and adhere to established campus risk management policies. Responsible for accurately tracking expenses and receipts.


  • Develop and implement maintenance and cleaning schedules for all buildings and departments on property.
  • Maintain and repair facilities, including minor electrical, carpentry, painting, and plumbing projects.
  • Maintain the cleanliness and appearance of the grounds and facilities, including mowing and custodial work.
  • Monitor inventory of cleaning and facilities supplies and accurately order based on needs.
  • Supervise two entry-level operations assistants who do general labor, custodial work, and groundskeeping.
  • Work closely with operations manager throughout the season in regards to daily facility needs and seasonal projects, as well as campus opening and closing tasks.

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 campus in Palmer, AK.

WORK CONDITIONS: This is a five-month position, starting in April. 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. A moderate campus fee applies for staff living on site.

HOW TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to Maggie O’Brien, NOLS Alaska Operations Manager.
Email: maggie_obrien@nols.edu
Phone: (907) 746-4047, ext. 3331
Contact: Maggie O’Brien with questions.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications accepted through March 15, 2019. Interviews will be conducted as applications are received.

START DATE: April 8, 2019.

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