Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: NOLS Mexico Sailboat Maintenance Manager

REPORTS TO: NOLS Mexico Assistant Director

JOB OBJECTIVE: Ensure that our fleet of 16 Drascombe Longboats are properly maintained. The British-designed Drascombe Longboat is a 22-foot open boat with a yawl rig.

QUALIFICATIONS: A high level of initiative, and a strong work ethic are essential. Working knowledge of carpentry and fiberglass required. Must be able to lift up to 75 pounds, for example, masts, motors, centerboards, chain, and anchors. The ideal candidate will be organized, and able to track multiple priorities, working both independently and in a small team. Able to communicate basic ideas orally in Spanish preferred.

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Supervise one or two staff to support boat maintenance.

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Actively manage Drascombe boat maintenance budgets (approximately $12,000). Responsible for upkeep, maintenance, and repair of boats and associated gear such as dinghies or sails. Keep maintenance records and manuals of all equipment, and adhere to NOLS financial practices. Participate in annual boat asset planning and budgeting process.


  • Track maintenance tasks and schedule repairs for Drascombe fleet.
  • Perform boat maintenance and repair working with wood, fiberglass, and epoxy.
  • Assist instructors in preparing boats and boat equipment. 
  • Occasionally drive NOLS vehicles with students pulling trailers.
  • Maintain an inventory of supplies and equipment.

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 employees.

NOLS 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 México. Bahía Concepción, Baja California Sur. Located on the coast of the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), 18 miles south of Mulegé, a town of 5,000 inhabitants. The NOLS Mexico operating season runs from September to April.

HOW TO APPLY: Email cover letter and resume to Aldo De La Peña, NOLS Mexico Equipment Manager, at aldo_de_la_pena@nols.edu.
Contact Aldo De La Peña via email with questions.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: July 26, 2019. Applications will be reviewed as received.

STARTING DATE: September 30, 2019. (Earlier start dates will be considered for candidate with availability.)

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