More Best Places to Work: NOLS

Wilderness education school

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Location: Lander, Wyoming
Number of Employees: 1,000
Digs: Corporate HQ is a 40,000-square-foot building that features, naturally, plenty of eco-conscious elements, like self-dimming lights, recycled carpeting, and unfinished surfaces. Like HQ, NOLS schools around the globe have a range of choices for relaxing, from gyms to rock-climbing walls to an ocean-side soccer field.
Culture: People who like experiencing outdoor adventures and people who like sharing outdoor adventures—that’s who works at NOLS. Around the globe, various branches play volleyball, kickball, ultimate Frisbee, and soccer together during the day or go rock climbing, biking, or skiing. At the Lander HQ, bikes are available for employees to run mid-day errands. And all employees are given free time to participate in NOLS-sponsored volunteer efforts, such as trail repair or community garden support.
Sweet Perks: All branches have outdoor gear that is free for employees to use. In the Pacific Northwest, staff can take the keelboat out on personal trips. The New Zealand branch has surfboards. Australia has mountain bikes. Alaska has sea kayaks.
Now Hiring: NOLS hires over 100 seasonal employees at various locations each year

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