Available Positions

Are you passionate about providing the highest quality wilderness education, leadership and medicine skills that serve people and the environment? Join our NOLS community who shares a commitment to wilderness, education, leadership, safety, community, and excellence.

Seasonal Opportunities:

New opportunites are coming soon - stay tuned!

Year-Round Opportunities:

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Instructor-In-Training Program

NOLS is committed to increasing representation and diversity in the outdoor industry, particularly as it pertains to historically underrepresented groups, so that this field and people accessing wilderness spaces better reflect the demographics of the world we live in. As an action step towards increasing diversity of historically underrepresented groups in our industry NOLS has developed the U.S. Instructor-in-Training (IIT) program. The U.S. IIT program is a course focused on creating a space for folks from marginalized groups to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to work for NOLS. The U.S. Instructor-in-Training (IIT) course currently provides a structured pathway for self-identified people from historically underrepresented groups to develop skills to work in outdoor education.

Throughout the program you will build wilderness, leadership and teaching skills necessary to work in the outdoor education field, through a combination of one-on-one mentorship, operations training, and field experience. The twelve-week program starts in April at our NOLS Rocky Mountain campus in Lander, Wyoming. You will gain ‘in-town’ operational skills experience, one-on-one mentorship, and training in technical skills to support a large-scale wilderness education program. You will also participate in a one-week canyon expedition and a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) training . Part two of the program kicks off in June, when you will transition to the field for a series of wilderness expedition courses acting as a contributing member of NOLS instructor teams. The program prepares participants to apply for an Instructor Course (IC) in August where successful applicants have the chance to participate in the course, culminating in the ability to be assessed as NOLS Hiking Instructors.  

To learn more about becoming a NOLS U.S. Instructor-in-Training, contact Minu Chae at field_faculty_development@nols.edu. If you are interested in applying for the NOLS Instructor-in-Training program, please click the link below. Note: if we are not currently taking applications the link will appear closed.



NOLS as an Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider

NOLS is committed to building a diverse community that is inclusive of people from all backgrounds. NOLS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, genetics information, disability unrelated to job or admission requirements, or veteran status. 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.

Transparency in Coverage

Please send any inquiries to peopleteam@nols.edu