Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: Operating Conditions Monitor

REPORTS TO: Public Policy Director

JOB OBJECTIVE:  Support NOLS operations by monitoring pandemic-related conditions identified by NOLS as necessary for conducting expedition programs. Share information with the Operating Conditions Assessment Group and program staff at NOLS locations to inform decisions about both ongoing operations and reopening program areas after pandemic-related closures. 


  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and succinctly in writing.
  • Familiarity and aptitude with Google Drive and Google spreadsheets.
  • Ability to distil and summarize information from multiple sources.
  • Proficiency with written English (reading and writing).


  • Conduct daily review of local news outlets for current and upcoming season operating areas, as well as review of major national news outlets that provide an overall picture of relevant operating conditions. Collaborate with NOLS program staff to identify relevant sources, and out-source some aspects of monitoring as needed due to language barriers or other details.
  • Assess weekly capacity in relevant hospitals in NOLS operating areas to ensure emergency services are functioning and available. 
  • Collaborate with NOLS locations to research and monitor local and national government restrictions (including travel restrictions) with potential to impact NOLS operating areas. 
  • Collaborate with NOLS locations to understand potential threats to land use permit access.
  • Analyze gathered information to predict how COVID-19 could affect supply chains and private services in NOLS operating areas (e.g. food supply, fuel, bush pilots, charter boats, pre and post-course lodging, etc.).
  • Communicate effectively with NOLS location staff to identify and understand relevant operating conditions. 
  • Provide weekly updates and summary of conditions information to the NOLS Operating Conditions Assessment Group. 

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.


  • Seasonal 50-75% position (20-30 hours per week), starting in April and finishing in late August.
  • Flexible work location. Can work from any NOLS location; NOLS headquarters in Lander, WY; or remotely from Chile, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Sweden; or remotely from any of the following US states - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.


Send Cover Letter and Resume to: Debbie Derbish.


Phone: 307-335-2229

Contact: Ashley Wise, NOLS Alaska Program Manager, ashley_wise@nols.edu.

Closing Date For Applications: March 19, 2021.

STARTING DATE: April 5, 2021.

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