Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: NOLS Three Peaks Ranch Assistant Manager

REPORTS TO: NOLS Three Peaks Ranch Manager

JOB OBJECTIVE: Collaborate with Three Peaks Ranch manager and program supervisor as part of the leadership team to supervise staff, coordinate logistics, oversee ranch operations, and set the tone and culture at Three Peaks Ranch. Perform and/or oversee a broad range of ranch responsibilities, Contribute to an environment that encourages all staff, faculty, and students to feel relaxed, supported, and focused during their time at Three Peaks Ranch.

QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires an energetic person with strong organizational skills who is self-motivated, creative, and patient. Candidates must have:

  • A passion for the NOLS mission. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, as well as organizational, supervisory, facilitation, and problem-solving skills. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Clean driving record, with ability to become an approved driver for NOLS.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Ability to perform physical labor and lift 80 lb. panniers onto the back of a horse with assistance. 
  • Desire to learn, live, and work in a small community, and contribute to a positive working and living environment. 
  • Must be able to accommodate an ever-changing work schedule, which may include working weekends, 13-hour days, and 60+ hour weeks. 
  • Experience in some of the following skills: horsemanship, vetting, shoeing, hauling livestock, pasture maintenance, construction, and/or vehicle maintenance skills.

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Supervise and mentor ranch staff and faculty. Supervise others on re-supply trips and at Three Peaks Ranch. Work with the manager to supervise and support courses for ~110 students and participants on expeditions and seminars throughout the season.

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Responsible for petty cash, credit cards, and accounts as necessary. Responsible for the transportation of livestock, equipment, and people. Responsible for herd oversight and wellbeing, in conjunction with ranch manager.


  • With leadership team, orchestrate and execute operational logistics and facilitate growth-oriented training, supervision, and mentorship for in-town staff.
  • Supervise1–3 horse-packers, kitchen manager, intern, and/ or facilities coordinator. 
  • Pack food and equipment into remote areas of the Wind River Mountains on horseback in support of NOLS Rocky Mountain hiking, climbing, and mountaineering courses. Maintain effective communication and work closely and effectively in a team setting with others.
  • Create a welcoming environment and support students and instructors on horse courses. 
  • 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.
  • Prepare and conduct re-supply trips in remote mountain settings.
  • Oversee and/or perform, various aspects of ranch operations—irrigation, horsemanship, horse care, gear maintenance, course outfitting, facilities maintenance, etc.
  • Perform and supervise vehicle inspections, loading, and transporting people and stock.
  • Work with project horses in the NOLS herd, which could include groundwork, footwork, riding, exercising, and/or training, as directed. 
  • Maintain and develop positive relations with local businesses and community.
  • Assume or assist with other projects supervised by 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 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 AND CONDITIONS: Three Peaks Ranch in Boulder, Wyoming. Private housing and food is provided on-site, throughout employment, for a small fee. Kitchen and living areas are communal. NOLS field or classroom work is possible. 

HOW TO APPLY: Email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to McKenzie Woolley, NOLS Three Peaks Ranch Manager.
Email: mckenzie_woolley@nols.edu
Contact McKenzie Woolley with questions.


EMPLOYMENT DATES: This position is full-time for 4–6 months.

STARTING DATE: Mid-April to early May 2021 (flexible).

Thank you for your interest in NOLS. Please consider providing some optional, anonymous information by visiting this link.