Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: NOLS Alaska Rations Assistant 

REPORTS TO: NOLS Alaska Rations Manager

JOB OBJECTIVE: Assist in the NOLS Alaska rations (field food) department. Provide students with a basic understanding of bulk food planning and nutrition for expeditions. 


  • Hardworking, detail-oriented, and committed to excellence.
  • Self-directed, efficient, and able to make decisions independently.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds. Examples include, but are not limited to, bags of flour, boxes and duffel bags of food, and shelving units.
  • Desire to interact with NOLS students, instructors, and in-town staff.
  • Desire to learn about bulk field rations, cooking, and field nutrition.
  • Able to work flexible hours, including some weekends and holidays.
  • Desire to live and work in a small community.

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Supervise instructors and students in course rationing process.

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Assist with cleanliness and maintenance of rations facility, as well as maintaining rations inventory.


  • Arrive to work promptly and with a clean, neat appearance.
  • Receive and put away food orders.
  • Facilitate informative meetings for faculty regarding the rationing process.
  • Aid in the planning of rations.
  • Supervise instructors and students throughout rationing process.
  • Bag and divide course rations and re-rations.
  • Maintain a clean, orderly, and sanitary rations facility.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by Alaska rations manager.
  • Provide timely and growth-oriented feedback to supervisor and co-workers.
  • Actively contribute to a positive and healthy community living environment while striving to maintain balance between work and life.

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.

COVID-19 VACCINE POLICY:  All employees that work at NOLS facilities and who have regular contact with other employees and or students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their first day of work, unless they meet a medical, disability or religion exemption and a reasonable accommodation is approved. Any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) is an acceptable vaccine for the purpose of this policy. Full vaccination or an approved exemption is a condition of employment for all new employees. Employees that work remotely and do not have contact with other employees and or students are not required to be vaccinated or have an approved exemption.

WORK LOCATION: NOLS Alaska in Palmer, Alaska.
WORK CONDITIONS: This is a 2.5-3-month position. Private rustic housing is offered on-site. Meals are provided for staff between approximately May 1 and late-August. Additional 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. Campus fees apply for staff living on site.

HOW TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to Chris Brauneis, NOLS Alaska 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 3, 2022.

START DATE: Early-May, or early-June, 2022

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