NOLS Named Among Best Nonprofits to Work for Third Year in a Row

LANDER—For the third year in a row, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) has earned a spot on the NonProfit Times’ list of the Best NonProfits to Work For.

“Leaders at organizations that topped the list of Best Places to Work appear to share some common approaches, such as empowering employees and encouraging them to find their own creative solutions,” the release from NonProfit Times stated.

The selection process for this short list of 50 organizations is rigorous. A questionnaire considers benefits, policies and practices, while the employee engagement and satisfaction survey assesses culture and workplace experience. NOLS earned the 39th overall ranking and the 18th spot among the 25 medium-sized nonprofit organizations.

“This is the ninth different national recognition of NOLS as a best employer in the last five years,” NOLS Executive Director John Gans noted in an announcement to the staff. “I want to thank all of you for your work to build NOLS into a nationally recognized and awarded organization.”

In addition to being recognized by the NonProfit Times the past three years in a row, NOLS has also been on Outside Magazine’s “Best Places to Work” list six years in a row.

About NOLS

Since legendary mountaineer Paul Petzoldt founded the school in 1965, more than 230,000 students have graduated from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), the leader in wilderness education. Whether through field-based courses offered in some of the most awe-inspiring locations in the world or classroom-based courses, the school provides transformative educational experiences to students of all ages. Graduates emerge as active leaders with lifelong environmental ethics and outdoor skills. To discover the NOLS experience or to bring a course to your business or organization, call (800) 710-NOLS (6657) or visit