NOLS Rocky Mountain Equipment Coordinator - Tenders Global

NOLS Rocky Mountain Equipment Coordinator

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

The Equipment Coordinator assists in creating a welcoming, supportive Equipment & Outfitting department for students, faculty, and community members at NOLS Rocky Mountain. They facilitate gear preparation and maintenance for expedition courses. They inspect, maintain, and repair clothing and equipment. They ensure that students and instructors are prepared with proper gear and also feel support and connection through that process. Finally, the Equipment Coordinator serves as an extension of the field experience and strives to offer focused support to students and instructors with that intention in mind. 

Key Logistical Information:

  • Employment dates: May – September 2024
  • Employee housing is not available.
  • Applicants must have legal working rights in the United States.

Questions? Please email Katie Craig, Rocky Mountain Operations Manager, at [email protected]

What does an Equipment Coordinator do?

  • Support students and field faculty during course briefings, starts, transitions, and deissues.
  • Explain and demonstrate proper use and care of equipment when outfitting students.
  • Collaborate in leading, training, and supervising a seasonal team of summer employees.
  • Check, clean, prepare, maintain, and repair outdoor equipment across a variety of course activities, including backpacking and rock climbing. If unfamiliar with any of these skills, a desire to learn and practice these skills is essential.
  • Maintain equipment rental sheets and process student equipment charges through our Point of Sale system
  • Receive and inventory incoming orders of gear and participate in ongoing/biannual inventorying.
  • Provide instruction and training in equipment repair and maintenance for staff, students, and instructors, while promoting a sense of ownership and care.
  • Maintain general cleanliness and organization of outfitting facilities.
  • Provide timely and growth-oriented feedback to supervisor and co-workers.

What makes a great Equipment Coordinator at NOLS Rocky Mountain? 

We are looking for people who share our values and are keen to learn and develop their expertise. We are looking for candidates with the skills listed below. We expect to provide training and development support in some of the areas.

  • Experience with the use and function of Rocky Mountain equipment, including gear associated with backpacking, fly fishing, and rock climbing.
  • Effective organizational and communication skills.
  • Consistent and self-driven work ethic with high attention to detail.
  • Ability to work effectively on a team, delegate appropriately, and complete tasks independently.
  • Positive, friendly approach to student-service.
  • Ability to work flexible and irregular hours, including weekends, with a goal of maintaining a 40-hour work week.
  • Familiar with the Google Suite (Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Sheets).
  • Capable of lifting up to 50 pounds, working while standing for extended periods of time.

Who are we and what can we offer you?

NOLS is a nonprofit global wilderness school that seeks to help people step forward boldly as a leader.

We believe that anyone can be a leader; it is our role to provide the environment and training to help people discover their full potential. We do that in classrooms close to home and in remote wilderness areas around the world. We are an organization with heart, expertise, and wildness, and these qualities help us support powerful, authentic experiences.

Founded in 1965, NOLS Rocky Mountain (the “RM”) is located in Lander, WY on the ancestral lands of the Eastern Shoshoni, Northern Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Crow. The RM offers urban amenities paired with direct access to world class climbing in Sinks Canyon and Wild Iris, as well as wilderness travel and fishing in the Wind River, Absaroka, and Big Horn ranges. The RM is a central hub for many NOLS courses in the Rocky Mountain West, offering extended semesters and standalone expeditions that focus on many skill types such as backpacking, mountaineering, canyoneering, backcountry skiing, horsepacking, whitewater boating, and rock climbing. In addition to supporting Rocky Mountain students in the field year-round, the RM also provides operational support for four other locations: Teton Valley, Three Peaks Ranch, River Base, and East Africa. The core team at NOLS Rocky Mountain is deeply invested in student and instructor experiences and inspired by the power of transformative experiences at NOLS. 

NOLS really is a great place to work:

  • We have locations in seven U.S. states, and six countries; and courses in all 50 U.S. states and over 10 countries.
  • We have fantastic employee discounts on top outdoor gear brands
  • We offer employees free outdoor gear rentals
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits are available at a special NOLS rate to seasonal employees.  
  • All employees accrue “wellness time” that may be used for many HR-approved reasons throughout the season.
  • All employees may take advantage of the Employee Assistance Program, which provides access to counselors who are available 24/7 to assist employees with work-life balance concerns.

Next steps

Click the “Start your application” button at the top of this screen to get your application started through the “Applied” platform.

Please note, the Applied platform asks some optional demographic questions before you start your application. We at NOLS never see the responses to these demographic questions with your application. We only see summary statistics to help us check if our candidate pool is balanced and if everyone has an equal chance to get hired irrespective of their background. If you prefer, you can easily opt out of answering these questions.

Additional Information

Pre-Employment Check

  • A criminal background check is required from all NOLS employees.
  • NOLS participates in E-verify for U.S. employees, and other relevant employment verification systems based on location. Applicants must have legal working rights in the location for the position they are applying for.
  • Current NOLS employees please note it is NOLS policy to conduct an internal reference check with human resources and/or your current supervisor as part of the reference check process. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact [email protected].

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.

Reasonable Accommodation

NOLS values community and fosters a sense of belonging for our employees and applicants. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations in the workplace because they embody these values, as well as our operating principle of promoting a positive, safe, and learning environment. Reasonable accommodations may be requested for disability; limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition; religion; and domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or harassment. Reasonable accommodations may be requested at any point of the employment process, including during recruitment. Please email [email protected] with your request.


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