Equipment Manager - River Base


Employment Type Full time Seasonal position from March 11th to September 1st, end day flexible.
Location On site · USA Vernal, Utah
Salary $33,000 - $36,000 (USD) Annualized
Team NOLS River Base
Seniority Mid-level
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 17th Nov 2023 MST

Job Description

The River Base Equipment Manager oversees all river equipment and maintenance. They provide instruction on preparation, use, and maintenance of river and camping equipment. They oversee equipment issue and de-issue processes for students and field faculty.

Key Logistical Information:

  • Seasonal position from March 11th to September 1st, end day flexible.

  • A current driver's licence with excellent driving record is required for this position.

  • Benefits: Limited health, dental and vision benefits are available.

  • Questions: Please contact

What does an Equipment Manager do?

This role is part of our River Base operations team. This role is at Individual Contributor II, which means you will be involved in the following activities:

  • Oversee all aspects of the field equipment at the River Base including: budget, purchasing, inventory management, maintenance, rentals, and sales.

  • Work with the NOLS Equipment Lead to create a long-term purchasing strategy that includes equipment rotation and an annual spring equipment sale.

  • Supervise instructors, students, and staff on best practices and maintenance.

  • Maintain a Point of Sale cash register and adhere to NOLS financial procedures. Perform associated bookkeeping duties and track expenses.

  • Work with the program team on meeting student and staff equipment needs.

  • Periodically, supervise one to three other River Base employees within the equipment department.

  • Assist with operations, including transportation, rations, evacuations, and facilities maintenance/clean-up.

  • Perform transportation tasks and other duties as assigned.

What makes a great Equipment Manager at NOLS? 

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.

  • Lead and organize an in-town operational support team

  • Working knowledge of the technical equipment used for canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. 

  • Desire to interact positively with students, field faculty, and staff.

  • Enthusiasm for working in a small community.

  • Affinity to work independently with high attention to detail.

  • Communicate clearly and be able to give/receive feedback.

  • Proficiency with Google Suite and ability to learn new software. 

  • Able to work flexible hours, including weekends and holidays.

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.

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

  • Free outdoor equipment rentals

  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits are available at a special NOLS rate to seasonal employees. 

  • Wellness Time: Accrued leave that may be used for many HR-approved reasons throughout the season.

  • Employee Assistance Program: Access to counselors that are available 24/7 to assist employees with work-life balance concerns.

Next steps

All you need to do is start the process by clicking on the yellow button on the top right.

You’ll answer some questions that are related to your day-to-day job. After the job closes, your answers will go through our sift process: all answers will be anonymized, randomized and then reviewed by a panel of reviewers. If you are shortlisted, we’ll invite you to the next step, which includes an interview. 

Additional Information

Pre-Employment Check

  • 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.

  • 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

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 with your request.

Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Sat 18th Nov 2023


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Sat 18th Nov 2023