Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: NOLS Alaska Transportation Manager

REPORTS TO: NOLS Alaska Operations Manager

JOB OBJECTIVE: Maintain vehicle fleet and supervise driving staff to ensure safe and reliable transportation for students and staff.


  • Excellent driving skills and willingness to complete NOLS Defensive Driver training.
  • Experience organizing and leading others, and managing expenses according to a budget.
  • Experience with basic vehicle maintenance and interest in mechanics.
  • Able to lift up to 60 lbs.
  • Ability to work independently with strong attention to detail.
  • Must communicate clearly and build positive working relationships with others.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including some weekends and holidays.
  • Experience with basic vehicle maintenance and interest in mechanics.
  • Must have a desire to interact with NOLS students and to live and work in a small community.

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Supervise bus drivers. Brief field faculty on trailhead locations and safe loading and unloading practices. Offer and receive timely feedback within NOLS Alaska team.

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Responsible for managing a fleet of 15 vehicles. Independently keep records on vehicle maintenance. Manage maintenance budget of approximately $17,500. 


  • Coordinate vehicle maintenance and cleaning.
  • Plan and schedule vehicle use.
  • Perform vehicle maintenance and repair, as skills allow.
  • Use Google docs system to coordinate student and staff transportation according to program and operations departmental needs.
  • Oversee transportation of kayak fleets to and from Whittier, Alaska.
  • Ensure fleet compliance with NOLS policies and USDOT regulations.
  • Assist office manager with scheduling airport pickup and dropoffs for field staff.
  • Teach NOLS Defensive Driving to staff.
  • Supervise driving staff, and maintain a flexible and supportive atmosphere within transportation team.

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, Alaska.

WORK CONDITIONS: This is a 4 and ½ month position, starting in April. Private rustic housing is provided on site. Kitchen and living areas are shared with other NOLS Alaska staff. Meals are provided during the operating season. Campus fees apply 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 x3331
Contact Maggie O’Brien with questions.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications accepted through February 13, 2020. Interviews will be conducted as applications are received.

STARTING DATE: April 13, 2020.

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