Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: NOLS Three Peaks Ranch Manager

REPORTS TO: NOLS Rocky Mountain Director

JOB OBJECTIVE: Oversee all aspects of NOLS Three Peaks’ operations in accord with NOLS’ vision and strategic goals. Work to ensure program quality and promote student and staff satisfaction. Oversee herd management. Act as NOLS' representative in all aspects of NOLS Three Peaks Ranch operations, from community relationships to program supervision and course operational support.


  • Thorough understanding of NOLS’ philosophy, mission, and values. 
  • Belief in the power of a NOLS student experience. 
  • Knowledge of NOLS’ horse-specific curricula and general ranch operations.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Self-motivated with creative problem-solving and team-building skills. 
  • Effective working independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Able to lead well under stress. 
  • Experience managing herd and implementing risk management associated with stock use.
  • High degree of flexibility: able to shift priorities and adapt to changing schedules and uncertainties inherent in living and working with 80 stock.

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Provide supervision for approximately 10 in-town staff, 80 horses, and 25 field staff. Oversee day-to-day ranch operations, NOLS Rocky Mountain support, and evacuation logistics. May be responsible for training and supervising ranch staff in various tasks, including horse packing, vet care, driving, and maintenance. May brief and debrief instructor teams and student groups as necessary. Primary ranch season is from March - October. Working remotely during winter months is possible.

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Responsible for annual expense budget of $300k. Oversight of ranch facilities, vehicles, farm equipment, and horses. 


  • Create an inclusive and welcoming environment for students, staff, and faculty.
  • Provide outstanding student service and a welcoming atmosphere. Incorporate student and instructor feedback as appropriate.
  • General oversight of the horse program, including herd management and horse training, vetting, shoeing, and general care.
  • Risk management oversight, including setting, training to and upholding horse and human risk management expectations in the mountains and at Three Peaks.
  • Hire, supervise, and train ranch staff.
  • Lead re-rations while training staff, instructors, and horses in the mountains.
  • Oversee buying, leasing, retiring, and sale of horses.
  • Oversee training of the herd and standards of horsemanship for staff and instructors. 
  • Haul courses and drive evacuations.
  • Supervise the maintenance and safety of campus, vehicles, equipment, and supplies.
  • Build and maintain relations with other NOLS departments and NOLS Rocky Mountain managers.
  • Create yearly operating budget. 
  • Track expenses and income according to NOLS accounting procedures.
  • Strive to make NOLS Three Peaks Ranch a dynamic and fulfilling place to work.
  • Help to create growth opportunities for Three Peaks Ranch.
  • Special projects as assigned, including NOLS field or classroom instruction if qualified.
  • Occasional program and evacuation oversight for horse courses.

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. Ranch manager must be willing and able to acquire a Class A drivers license.

WORK LOCATION AND CONDITIONS: This is a full-time, year-round position. Required to be on-site in Boulder, Wyoming during the operating season (February through October). Option to work remotely November through February. 

HOW TO APPLY: Email cover letter and resume to Tony Romans, NOLS Rocky Mountain office manager, at tony_romans@nols.edu

Contact NOLS Rocky Mountain Director Jen Sall with questions.
Email: jen_sall@nols.edu
Phone: 307-332-1417


STARTING DATE: Mid-September, 2019.

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