Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: NOLS River Base Outfitting Manager
REPORTS TO: NOLS River Base Assistant Manager
JOB OBJECTIVE: Oversee all river equipment purchases and maintenance. Provide instruction on preparation, use, and maintenance of river equipment. Oversee equipment issue and de-issue processes for students and staff. 


  • Willing to learn about the technical equipment used for canoeing, kayaking and rafting. 
  • Must have a desire to interact positively with students and work in a small community.
  • Lead and organize an intown operational support team.
  • Affinity to work independently with high attention to detail.
  • Communicate clearly and build positive working relationships with others.
  • Work flexible hours, including weekends and holidays.
  • Must be at least 21 years old and successfully pass a Motor Vehicle Report check. 

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Provide training and supervision in equipment maintenance, inspection, and repair to operations assistants and field faculty.
FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Maintain an inventory of equipment and merchandise. Manage direct purchases utilizing a company Visa card. Work with NOLS HQ purchasing and receiving.

  • Must have a desire to interact with students and work in a small community.
  • Order and maintain an inventory of outdoor gear. 
  • Create a long-term purchasing strategy that includes gear rotation and an annual spring gear sale.  
  • Ensure quality of equipment through repairs, replacement, and warranty. 
  • Maintain Point of Sale cash register and adhere to NOLS financial procedures. 
  • Provide instruction and training in equipment care, repair and maintenance.
  • Work with program team on meeting student and staff equipment needs.
  • Work with Rocky Mountain Outfitting Manager to support River Base needs. 
  • Supervise one to three other RIver Base employees within the outfitting department. 
  • Perform transportation tasks and other duties as assigned. 

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.

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 POLICY: All employees who are not working remotely and who do 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 AND CONDITIONS: NOLS River Base - Vernal, UT. On campus housing available for a small fee. Kitchen and common space shared amongst staff. 
HOW TO APPLY:  Send cover letter and resume to: Teresa Miller, NOLS River Base Manager AND Kelsey Wicks, NOLS Rocky Mountain Operations Manager.
Email: teresa_miller@nols.edu + kelsey_wicks@nols.edu
Phone:  805.748.6955
Contact Teresa Miller or Kelsey Wicks with questions. 

 CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: November 26, 2021. Interviews will be held 11/22-11/24 and 11/29-12/1.

STARTING DATE: Late February 2022. Five to six months of employment.  

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