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2018 NOLS Southwest Fellow and Instructor-In-Training Posted Oct 03
NOLS , Tucson, AZ
The Fellowship program is designed for United States-based People of Color with a strong interest in becoming a NOLS Expedition Instructor.

NOLS defines People of Color as individuals who self-identify as ethnically American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or Multiracial (categories defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Census Bureau).

Fellows will be expected to serve in an in-town capacity during Spring 2018 and be available to serve as Instructors-In-Training throughout Summer 2018. Fellows will gain the practical experience and institutional knowledge to strengthen their candidacy for a NOLS Instructor Course in Spring 2019.


Strong interest in becoming a NOLS Expedition Instructor
Self-directed and motivated
Ability to work well in a dynamic environment and adjust priorities quickly
Thorough, punctual, and dependable
Excellent communication and decision-making skills
Competent with Google Drive technology
Appreciation for the NOLS mission
Physically able to bend, stoop, crouch, lift (up to 40 pounds), frequently walk, and stand for extended periods of time.


Fellows will rotate through the equipment and rations departments, learning the skills needed to support students and staff embarking on extended wilderness expeditions. Fellows will also be exposed to the program, facilities, and transportation departments.

Direct support for course logistics:

Plan and organize food for backcountry rations
Assist in planning and preparing in-town meals for staff and students
Issue and de-issue students the necessary gear for their courses
Maintain and repair equipment
Update map inventory and print maps
Indirect support of branch operations:

Coordinate NOLS participation in community events
Create relationships with local organizations working in the outdoors
Attend defensive driving training
Update blog and social media sites
Other projects and duties as assigned
Other opportunities that may exist depending upon course schedules:

Participate in the instructor briefing and de-briefing process
Present information to students informally or formally through classes
Evacuation driving
Participate in NOLS school meetings and trainings
Visit a course in the field

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the position start date, possess a valid driver’s license, have a clean driving history, and be able to meet the criteria for NOLS vehicle insurance coverage.

A criminal background check is required from all NOLS employees.

NOLS participates in E-Verify.

In-town Location: NOLS Southwest; Tucson, AZ
Instructor-In-Training Location: Variable

In-town Compensation: $340/week plus a reimbursement for travel up to $500. Travel reimbursements will be paid out in two installments: 50% at the beginning of the Fellowship for travel to the NOLS Rocky Mountain location, and 50% upon successful conclusion of the Fellowship for travel from the NOLS Rocky Mountain location.
Instructor-In-Training Compensation: $50/week while on contract

Each Fellow will be provided a one-room cabin and communal use of bathroom, kitchen, and living areas during the in-town portion of the program. Meals are provided when students are at the NOLS Southwest location, about 15% of the time. Other food is purchased and prepared by the Fellows. Food and lodging is not provided for the Instructor-In-Training portion.


The NOLS Fellowship is a 2-step application process.

E-mail cover letter, resume and one (1) professional reference to:
Sydney Clark, NOLS Diversity and Inclusion Manager



In-town Duration: December 29, 2017– May 7, 2018, approximately 18 weeks, the duration of the NOLS Southwest operating season. The finish date may shift a few days in either direction
Instructor-In-Training Duration: ~3 – 10 weeks between May 7, 2018 and August 30, 2018, depending on course staffing needs. Applicants must be available for contract work within the specified time period. All Instructors-In-Training should expect to be staffed on hiking courses. Placement on NOLS courses as an Instructor-In-Training and quantity of contracts is not guaranteed, and depends on the Fellow’s performance during the in-town portion of the program