Transportation Manager - River Base


Employment Type Full time 3 month position starting May 27th, possibility to extend.
Location On site · USA Vernal, Utah
Salary $33,000 - $36,000 (USD)
Team NOLS River Base
Seniority Mid-level, Senior
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 20th Apr 2024 MDT

Job Description

The objective of the River Base Transportation Manager role is to maintain the vehicle fleet and train staff to provide reliable transportation. The Transportation Manager oversees the flow and logistics of vehicle use as it pertains to course needs for drop-offs, pick-ups, and re-rations. Assist in facilities upkeep and daily operations of River Base. Contribute to a positive, supportive work environment driven by student service.

Key Logistical Information:

  • Seasonal 3-month position from May 27th, 2024. Possibility to extend.

  • 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 a Transportation 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:

  • Contribute to an environment that encourages instructors and students to feel relaxed, supported, and focused going into the field.

  • Coordinate vehicle and trailer use and maintenance for River Base operations.

  • Coordinate with the Rocky Mountain transportation department.

  • Coordinate with multiple shuttle companies to plan and implement shuttles.

  • Maintain and continually update communication systems (email, calendars, logistics sheets) to keep operations and program staff informed of transportation plans.

  • Perform vehicle maintenance and repair as skills and resources allow.

  • Drive students and equipment.

  • Supervise Defensive Driver training for staff.

  • Maintain a flexible and supportive atmosphere.

  • Maintain a willingness to step into different roles, take on additional tasks.

  • Assist with River Base operations – outfitting, rations, meal preparation, and facilities upkeep as necessary to maintain excellent student service.

What makes a great Transportation Manager at NOLS River Base? 

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.

  • Curiosity about basic vehicle maintenance and ability to learn these skills.

  • Must be at least 21 years old and able to pass a Motor Vehicle Report check. 

  • Excellent driving skills. Comfort with driving and camping in remote areas. 

  • Class B CDL with passenger endorsement preferred.

  • Positive attitude, flexible, and solution-oriented approach to challenge.

  • Excellent communication skills; clearly and concisely present logistical plans to other managers, operations assistants, and instructor teams.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced and sometimes unpredictable environment. 

  • Desire to interact with students, build positive working relationships with others, and work in a small community.

  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including some 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 Sun 21st Apr 2024


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 Sun 21st Apr 2024