Based in the Skagit Valley town of Sedro-Woolley, North Cascades Institute has an exemplary staff working in the office as well as the field. Staff turnover is low, though as permanent and seasonal positions become available, we will post them below. Of course, we always enjoy learning about new people, so please introduce yourself via a resume and a letter describing your skills and interests. We keep resumes on file for one year. Internship listings at www.ncascades.org/internships.
North Cascades Institute is seeking motivated undergraduate students to be spring and fall interns at its Environmental Learning Center (ELC), located on the shores of Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park. The Environmental Education intern will work under constant supervision by Institute staff and graduate students. The internship is designed to provide job training in environmental education with the practical application of learned skills. As such, interns will receive continuous support from supervisors and mentors, who will observe, advise, and assist as needed. Primary duties will include shadowing and co-teaching our residential environmental education program, Mountain School; assisting with Learning Center operations; and participating in Institute events, staff meetings, and program debriefs. In addition, interns will be responsible for completing an independent project of their choice that is relevant to their college degree program and to their internship experience. This is an unpaid internship and is a full-time position. Interns should expect to work five days (approximately forty hours) each week. Some weekend work may be required. There is some flexibility with responsibilities based upon individual university requirements, skills and interests. It is the responsibility of the intern to complete paperwork with his or her college or university necessary to receive credit for the experience.
The Youth Leadership Coordinator’s role is to plan, develop and implement the Youth Leadership Adventures program, in partnership with North Cascades National Park and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. This position coordinates backcountry leadership development and field science courses for high school students that serve over 100 students per year, including a Youth Leadership Reunion, a Youth Leadership Conference and student-led community service projects. The coordinator is responsible for staff and graduate student hiring, training and supervision, overall student recruiting and enrollment, course planning and logistics, risk management and curriculum development. In addition, this position manages a large alumni base and conducts regular outreach to alumni to connect them to next-step opportunities through our Pathways for Youth Initiative. The coordinator also assists with program evaluation, fundraising, strategy, budgeting, administration and partnership development.