Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: NOLS River Base Assistant Manager

REPORTS TO: NOLS River Base Manager

JOB OBJECTIVE: Supervise NOLS faculty and staff in River Base operations. Orchestrate smooth field, logistical, and facility operations to promote student and staff excellence. Contribute to an environment that encourages all staff and students to feel relaxed, supported, and focused going into the field.

QUALIFICATIONS: A passion for the NOLS mission. Excellent written and verbal communication, organizational, supervisory, facilitation, and problem-solving skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Outdoor program and staff management experience preferred. Active NOLS field faculty status preferred.

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Supervise NOLS faculty and in-town staff.

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Manage petty cash and credit card use as necessary. Check-writing authority. Manage equipment and rations budget.


  • Orchestrate all operations activities—gear, food, and vehicle preparation, course drives, and facilities.
  • Facilitate growth-oriented training and supervision for in-town staff.
  • Actively guide and mentor staff in their professional development at NOLS.
  • Assist with growth-oriented field course briefing and debriefing as needed.
  • Share evacuation coordinator duties by carrying a 24-hour emergency phone during operating season.
  • Assist in the management of field evacuations and in-town incidents as needed. 
  • Assume or assist with other projects supervised by program manager.

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 CHECK: 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 AND CONDITIONS: NOLS River Base in Vernal, UT. Position is ¾ time and benefitted. Operating season is from mid-February to mid-November. On-campus housing available for a small fee. Kitchen and common space shared amongst staff. NOLS field or classroom work is possible.

Send cover letter and resume to Pam Rosal, NOLS River Base Manager.
Email: pam_rosal@nols.edu
Phone: 435.260.7332
Contact Pam Rosal with questions.


STARTING DATE: Mid-February.

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