Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: Wilderness Medicine Education Director

REPORTS TO: Wilderness Medicine Director

JOB OBJECTIVE:  Embodies the NOLS mission by leading research, development, and communication of wilderness medicine curriculum. Defines and articulates the curriculum content for internal and external audiences. Oversees quality assurance program for the accuracy and relevance of the curriculum and pedagogy. Initiates and maintains course approvals with external accrediting and regulatory bodies. Oversees and develops NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses use of learning management systems.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must bring: extensive teaching experience in outdoor education and wilderness medicine; management experience; competence as an organizer, motivator, and facilitator of other staff; experience in educational theory and practices; excellent written and verbal communication skills; broad clinical medical experience; and technical competency to manage online resources including learning management systems. Experience as a NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructor required.  Advanced degree in relevant field preferred.

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Describes, supports, clarifies and communicates curriculum for wilderness medicine faculty. Represents NOLS to the wilderness medicine education community, regulatory and certification agencies, and professional societies.  Supervises the Wilderness Medicine Learning Management Coordinator and the Wilderness Medicine Curriculum Director.

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Works within existing budgets to accomplish goals.


  • Functions as one of six wilderness medicine directors in the management, development, and execution of the NOLS mission.
  • Maintains up to date knowledge of developments in wilderness and emergency medicine practices via journals, conferences, books, and personal contacts.
  • Maintains up to date knowledge of developments and trends in education and adult learning theory and application.
  • Updates or develops curricula annually and as needed and is responsible for disseminating such curricula and setting expectations for wilderness medicine instructional staff. Responsible for researching and answering all staff curriculum questions.
  •  Oversees development of online education at NOLS Wilderness Medicine.
  • Initiates and maintains NOLS Wilderness Medicine course approvals with federal, state, and non-governmental and regulatory organizations.
  • Maintains accessibility and currency of wilderness medicine curriculum and educational materials in multiple languages, to include English, Spanish, Swedish, and Portuguese.
  • Liaison to the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS), the Wilderness Medicine Education Collaborative SOP project, and other professional societies. 
  • Regularly publishes and presents on wilderness medicine practices and curriculum. 
  • Develops standards and conducts research (with outside agencies as appropriate) in wilderness medicine education.
  • Assists in the development of the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor Training Course and Annual Staff Meeting.
  • Assists in NOLS Risk Management as requested by the NOLS Risk Management Director.

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: Our Lander, WY Headquarters is operating on a very limited basis. This position is currently remote though it is likely the employee will be asked to relocate to Lander, WY when our Headquarters reopens. This position is available to legal residents of: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.


Send Cover Letter and Resume to: Melissa Gray

Email: melissa_gray@nols.edu


STARTING DATE: May 3, 2021

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