Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: NOLS Alaska Operations Assistant

REPORTS TO: NOLS Alaska Facilities Manager

JOB OBJECTIVE: Provide operational support at NOLS Alaska, including facilities maintenance and custodial work, grounds keeping, and upkeep of the vehicle fleet.


  • Organized, hardworking, attentive to detail, and able to work independently.
  • Must have excellent driving skills and be able to complete NOLS Defensive Driver training.
  • Able to perform periodic heavy lifting of up to 60 pounds. Examples include, but are not limited to, propane tanks, laundry, and maintenance tools.
  • Able to work flexible hours, including some weekends and holidays.
  • Desire to live and work in a small community.

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Uphold excellent in-town work ethic and attitude supporting all operations departments, and work to create positive student experiences.

  • Facilities cleaning and maintenance
  • Arrive to work promptly and with a clean, neat appearance.
  • Offer and receive timely feedback among NOLS Alaska team members regarding performance.
  • Provide facilities support to students and instructors. 
  • Maintain and clean facilities, grounds, and vehicles.
  • Assist facilities manager with startup tasks, as well as end-of-season closing procedures.
  • Collect and sort garbage and recycling.
  • Laundry.
  • Care of maintenance equipment and minor vehicle maintenance.
  • Assist with work in other departments, such as rations, equipment, transportation, and/or program.
  • Attend managers meetings to ensure location-wide project prioritization and efficiency.
  • Actively contribute to a positive and healthy community living environment while striving to maintain balance between work and life.
  • Perform transportation tasks where needed, including courses pick-ups and drop-offs.

 Other duties as assigned by the Alaska operations manager. Please note:

  • Depending on the individual’s experience, this position may devote a higher percentage of weekly hours to the cleaning and basic maintenance of vehicles as well as to assisting the operations manager with driver scheduling and other transportation logistics.

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 able to meet the criteria for NOLS vehicle insurance coverage.

WORK LOCATION: NOLS Alaska in Palmer, Alaska.

WORK CONDITIONS: This is a 5-month position. 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. Employees will be expected to follow COVID in-town mitigation practices at all times.A moderate campus fee applies for staff living on site.

HOW TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to Chris Brauneis, NOLS Program Director.

Email: chris_brauneis@nols.edu
Phone: (907) 746-4047, ext. 3330

Contact Chris Brauneis with questions.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications accepted through January 4, 2021. 

STARTING DATE: May 3, 2021.

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