Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: Southwest Operations Assistant / Driver

REPORTS TO: Southwest Operations Manager

JOB OBJECTIVE: As part of the NOLS Southwest team, the operations assistant will problem solve and assist operations managers to provide excellent student service and instructor support while helping to create an inclusive, positive and welcoming environment for all. 

QUALIFICATIONS: Team player - must always work with the best interests of the team in mind, and work to create an inclusive environment. Excellent communication skills - must be willing to exchange feedback with co-workers in order to help the team function at its best. Must be organized and attentive to detail. Willing to work flexible hours including weekends.  

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: The operations assistant has no direct supervisory responsibility, but this person requires cooperative skills. They should be able to work with a variety of leadership styles, and will need to be self-directed when necessary.

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: They will use local business accounts, petty cash, and be responsible for impeccable receipt management and record keeping.


40%     Operations Support:  Assist with all NOLS Southwest operations, including rations, outfitting, transportation, and facilities. Work with department managers to create continuity between systems that run efficiently. Occasionally perform rations manager or outfitting manager duties during the peak of the season.

40%     Driving:  Drive student groups in various fleet trucks, vans and trailers throughout Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, including in remote locations. Assist with evacuation drives.
10%     Administrative Duties:  Track expenses, provide written feedback and summaries that contribute to systems improvement in the rations and outfitting departments.
10%     Other Tasks as assigned:  Assist with various program department duties, as applicable. Contribute to regular facility clean up, maintenance, and special projects, as assigned by the assistant director. (We are a small location and rely on an employee's skills as applicable.)

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.

WORK LOCATION: NOLS Southwest - Tucson, Arizona

WORK CONDITIONS:  This is an approximately five-month position running from late December to mid-May. Rustic housing is available on site and may be shared with one other employee. The kitchen and living areas are communal with other staff. NOLS Southwest provides meals when students are in town.

Send cover letter and resume to: Russell Jung.
Email: Russell_Jung@nols.edu
Phone: 520-749-0955
Contact Russell Jung with questions.


STARTING DATE: January 1, 2021. 

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