NOLS Recognized as a Top Nonprofit

Posted by: Rich Brame on Feb 9, 2011


Sure, we're biased, but NOLS staff, graduates and volunteers all think the school is a great institution. Apparently, we're not alone. A number of national organizations have recently recognized that NOLS is an outstanding place to work.


Something that fell into place recently was NOLS’ inclusion on the list of 15 best nonprofits to work for nationwide, according to Opportunity Knocks, the online non-profit employment resource.

Opportunity Knocks collects entries from non-profit employees nationwide explaining why their company should make the list. According to an employee-submitted entry, one word sums up the reasons for NOLS’ excellent work environment: Passion.

Passion is definitely not something that NOLS is short on. One lap around the Lander, WY based International Headquarters and this quickly becomes apparent. Passion is the quality that keeps all employees and staff glued to NOLS’ mission, which is to be the leading source and teacher of wilderness skills and leadership that serve people and the environment. Shared passion makes the work environment extremely low-key yet highly productive. When everyone works towards a common goal, all the rest falls into place.

While the award does not come as a surprise to us, it is a wonderful feeling to receive national recognition for the institution that we live to work for day in and day out.


Rich Brame came to NOLS in the 80's as a Fall Semester in the Rockies student and worked his first NOLS course at Wind Cave National Park in 1984. Since then, he's worked varied NOLS trips and courses on five continents—with a few more on the way. Rich does some frontcountry shenanigans for NOLS, too. He's headed up NOLS' public policy, research, LNT, Yukon programs and most recently in the Alumni Relations Department.