Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: NOLS Yukon Program Manager

REPORTS TO: NOLS Pacific Northwest Director

JOB OBJECTIVE: An exciting opportunity to lead NOLS in Canada. The NOLS Yukon program manager will oversee the continued development, administration, and operation of our program in the Yukon Territory; ensure that we further our mission and strategic goals; and participate as an effective representative to the public, including the local community, First Nations, government officials, institutions, organizations, and outfitters and businesspeople within Canada.

QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires an understanding of NOLS operations and philosophy, coupled with an ability to creatively adapt these to a Canadian environment. Necessary skills include self-motivation, problem solving and the ability to plan and prioritize time and projects for self and others. Practical business or management background. Willingness to maintain a flexible schedule and to work on weekends and/or holidays, as needed. Attention to detail, organizational skills and fiscal/budgetary responsibility, as are excellent written and verbal communication skills. Prior program supervisor experience, with a strong background in canoe and backpacking is preferred.

Must be a Canadian citizen, or Canadian resident (landed immigrant) with status to work in Canada.  

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Develop and execute vision and strategic goals. Oversee all aspects of operations, student support, risk management, and curriculum and program development. Hire and supervise staff and ensure compliance with government requirements for work and business permits.

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Annual budget of approximately C$500,000, NOLS credit card holder and bank signer; act as a legal representative; make agreements and sign contracts including private services, legal and accounting professional services. Responsible for properties including vehicles, inventories, and buildings (long-term lease).


  • Supervise daily operations and staff.
  • Facilitate seasonal faculty staffing plans.
  • Manage day-to-day budget and finances.
  • Oversee legal operations in Yukon.
  • Purchase gear and food, and manage inventories.
  • Produce pre-course student paperwork.
  • Plan routes and organize transportation and course logistics.
  • Manage course paperwork, briefing outlines, and risk management plans.
  • Share evacuation coordinator duties and manage evacuations as needed. 
  • Deal with discipline and separations including intervention and family contact.
  • Recruit prospective Canadian students and staff.
  • Maintain communication with other NOLS staff.
  • Prepare seasonal reports including season summaries, Board of Trustees reports, risk management data, faculty merit pay, etc.
  • This is a 10 month per year position that can be balanced with fieldwork and/or unpaid time off.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK: A criminal background check is required from all NOLS employees.

MOTOR VEHICLE RECORD: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the position start date and possess a valid Class 4 Canadian driver’s license. Must have a clean driving history and be able to meet the criteria for NOLS vehicle insurance coverage.

WORK LOCATION: Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada.

HOW TO APPLY: Send cover letter and résumé to Craig Lenske, NOLS Pacific Northwest Director.
Email: craig_lenske@nols.edu
Phone: 360-445-6657 or 604-787-8755
Contact Craig Lenske with questions.


STARTING DATE: May 1, 2018.

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