Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: NOLS Pacific Northwest Food Services and Finance Assistant

REPORTS TO: NOLS Pacific Northwest Rations Manager

JOB OBJECTIVE: Provide excellent course support for students and instructors for all NOLS Pacific Northwest courses. Assist with the planning, ordering, and preparation of food for NOLS Pacific Northwest backcountry expeditions (75%). Prepare NOLS Pacific Northwest monthly financial reports (25%).


  • Able to work in a dynamic environment.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently, when needed.
  • Able to work in a dynamic environment.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently, when needed.
  • Must be detail-oriented and organized.
  • Ability to work flexible and irregular hours, with a goal of maintaining a 40-hour work week.
  • Must be at least 21 years old and successfully pass a Motor Vehicle Report check. 
  • Physically able to pick up and carry up to 40 lbs, and to walk and stand for extended periods of time.

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Supervise students during course preparation and end-of-course processes.

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Responsible for accounting of cash advances, gas card requisitions, and check receipts.


70% - Food Services: 

  • Assist with planning, ordering, and preparation of food for backcountry expeditions.
  • Maintain a high standard of sanitation and organization to meet the standards of the Skagit Valley Health Department.
  • Facilitate students and staff in healthy backcountry food planning and preparation.
  • Responsible for upkeep of food services equipment and facilities.

25% - Financial Assistant

  • Assist with the accounting of cash advances, gas card requisitions, and check receipts.

5% - Other

  • Perform other logistical and operational tasks as assigned by the operations 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 for 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: NOLS Pacific Northwest, Mount Vernon, Washington. On-campus housing and food staples provided for a small fee, if desired.

HOW TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to Paul Satzinger, NOLS Pacific Northwest Operations Manager.
Email: paul_satzinger@nols.edu
Phone: (360) 445-6657 ext. 3221
Contact Paul Satzinger with questions.


EMPLOYMENT DATES: June 1 through August 7, 2020.

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