Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: Teton Valley Summer Program Manager

REPORTS TO: Rocky Mountain Program Director or Operations Manager 

JOB OBJECTIVE: An exciting opportunity to lead NOLS in Teton Valley’s extended summer programming through Salmon River courses as well as future backpacking courses. This position oversees the development and implementation of summer field operations to ensure that every student has the highest quality NOLS experience; that NOLS Teton Valley is furthering the mission and strategic goals of NOLS; participate as an effective representative to the public, including local community, government officials, outfitters and business people, institutions and organizations within the surrounding area. The program manager supervises and mentors TV intown staff and field faculty providing curriculum, risk management, route design, business continuity and emergency response support. 


  • Knowledge of the NOLS mission, curriculum, and operations is vital.
  • Previous supervision experience is essential. Ideal candidate has commercial, whitewater guide and management experience.
  • This position demands excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • This individual must be both organized and creative, with a passion for supervision and teamwork.
  • Must be able to work successfully with a variety of people, including students, staff, parents, land management agencies and the general public.
  • Must be able to maintain a flexible schedule, working some long days, weekends and holidays.
  • NOLS instructor certification required.

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Lead and supervise seasonal faculty and in-town staff members. Plan and coordinate all programmatic duties and build the operating calendar with the supervising director.

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY:  The position will have signature authority on all Teton Valley accounts. Responsible for disbursement of funds pertaining to operational expenses, and permitting. Access to petty cash and authorized to sign requisitions and travel authorities.


  • Lead and supervise the NOLS Teton Valley faculty and staff. Train and supervise program supervisor(s).
  • Create and manage the course operating plan from April through September (minimum length of season).
  • Manage budgets and expenses related to course programming.
  • Schedule and coordinate private services, such as vehicle shuttles and resupplies as needed.  
  • Implement new initiatives and curriculum for NOLS Teton Valley courses. 
  • Prepare seasonal reports related to NOLS Teton Valley performance including season summaries and risk management data.
  • Plan course routes for all field courses to enhance educational experiences for students and staff. 
  • Collaborate with the field staffing office in drafting and executing seasonal faculty staffing plans.
  • Review and update all TV course paperwork.
  • Brief and debrief Teton Valley courses as needed. Evaluate instructor performance; enter faculty performance evaluations and incident data into the NOLS database. Review, organize and submit course related paperwork. 
  • Share evacuation coordinator duties and manage evacuations as needed. 
  • Work with student discipline and separations including intervention and family contact.
  • Oversee maintenance of existing land use permits and apply for new permits as necessary.
  • Attend land use planning and permit holder meetings as necessary. Maintain excellent working relationships with relevant land managers and other user groups.
  • Compile land use data and prepare use reports to land management agencies and NOLS headquarters.
  • Promote regional initiatives and relationships. 
  • Dispense checks and petty cash in support of operations as needed.
  • Occasionally assist with vehicle preparation including cleaning, refueling, and inventory.
  • Create driver logistics packets and brief drivers. 
  • Occasionally assist with course rationing, meal preparation and outfitting as necessary to maintain excellent student service.
  • Other duties as assigned by the director.
  • There is opportunity for NOLS field and/ or classroom work.
  • Oversee maintenance of equipment and associated purchasing. 
  • Work with NOLS Rocky Mountain to coordinate bulk food assembly and delivery, scheduling of Operations Assistants and Program support as needed. 
  • Maintain and enhance the facility towards future growth and student service. 
  • Serve as ambassador for NOLS in the Teton Valley Community.

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.

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. 

COVID-19 VACCINE REQUIREMENT: All employees who are not working remotely and who have regular contact with other employees or students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they meet a medical, disability or religion exemption and a reasonable accommodation is approved. Any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) is an acceptable vaccine for the purpose of this policy. Full vaccination or an approved exemption is a condition of employment for all new employees as applicable. 

WORK LOCATION: This is a 6-8 month position in total. April through September are necessarily located in Driggs, Idaho with part time work from October through March.  This position has the potential to be Salaried Faculty depending on desire for field work in the shoulder and winter seasons. 

HOW TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to Jen Sall, NOLS Rocky Mountain Director.

Email:  jen_sall@nols.edu
Contact: Jen Sall with questions.


STARTING DATE: Part-time forJanuary-March 2022. Full time April-August/ September. 

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