Employment

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.

Mountain School Education Internship

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.

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Sous Chef

Work, live and play inside North Cascades National Park, one of the most beautiful mountain settings in the country! North Cascades Institute – voted “Best Place to Work” in the 2013 Bellingham Alive – seeks a qualified, enthusiastic individual to become its Sous Chef at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, an award-winning educational field campus in northwestern Washington. Supervised by the Chef/Food Service Manager, this position works closely with Institute staff, partners and contractors to support a wide array of educational programs for people of all ages. You’ll be an important part of the Foodshed Initiative, the Institute’s exciting program that incorporates local, organic products in the food service operations of the Learning Center. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop and deliver educational programs about food choices, sustainable agriculture, wild edibles and culturally-important foods in the Pacific Northwest. The Learning Center is located in North Cascades National Park near Diablo and is approximately 20 miles from the nearest gas station and post office, 60 miles from towns with full amenities.

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Learning Center Naturalist

North Cascades Institute seeks qualified and enthusiastic individuals to become Learning Center Naturalists and part of our education team. Based out of the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center in North Cascades National Park (Diablo, Washington), our Learning Center Naturalists will teach in our Mountain School program during spring and fall. Mountain School is a nationally recognized residential environmental education program for elementary through high school students. Most students spend three days at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake with their school class, teacher, and chaperones hiking under towering trees, exploring terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and learning about the rich natural and cultural history of one of the most bio-diverse places in the world. The Learning Center is located in the beautiful North Cascades National Park near Diablo, WA and is approximately 20 miles from the nearest gas station and post office, 60 miles from towns with full amenities. North Cascades Institute also provides incredible experiential programs to adults and families at the Environmental Learning Center. Participants experience Northwest ecosystems through art, photography, literature, natural and cultural history appreciation, recreational activities and other programs. The Learning Center Naturalist will be part of the education team who teaches in Base Camp, Family Getaways and other Institute summer programs. Learning Center Naturalists are key members of our instructional community and are involved in planning, teaching, set-up and breakdown of these programs.

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Naturalist Field Instructor

North Cascades Institute seeks a qualified and enthusiastic individual to become a Naturalist Field Instructor, and part of our education team. This position is a nine-month position with two distinct roles during Spring/Fall (Learning Center Naturalist) and Summer (Youth Leadership Instructor). Both portions of the position will be based from North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center, working with the Institute’s Mountain School and Youth Leadership Adventures programs. The Learning Center is located in the beautiful North Cascades National Park near Diablo, WA and is approximately 20 miles from the nearest gas station and post office, and 60 miles from towns with full amenities. Each portion of the position is described in further detail below.

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Naturalist Educator and Tour Guide

North Cascades Institute seeks a qualified, enthusiastic individual to become a Naturalist Tour Guide, and part of our education team. Based out of the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center in North Cascades National Park (Diablo, Washington), this position will span nine months, and have two distinct roles. During the spring and fall seasons, the Naturalist Tour Guide will teach in our Mountain School program, and for the summer season, will serve as a guide for the Skagit Tours program as well as an instructor for other educational programming at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. The Learning Center is located in the beautiful North Cascades National Park near Diablo, WA and is approximately 20 miles from the nearest gas station and post office, 60 miles from towns with full amenities.

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Youth Leadership Adventures Intern

This is a Field-based internship, with primary responsibility to assist Youth Leadership Coordinator and other program staff in ensuring Youth Leadership programming fulfills the educational mission of the Institute. Attend all trainings, assist with spring program prep as available, and assist two 8-day and one 16-day courses. Complete pre-trip student contacts, provide logistical support to other programs when needed, and follow-up with students to strengthen Youth Leadership opportunities. There is some flexibility with responsibilities based upon individual university requirements. It is the responsibility of the intern to complete paperwork with his or her college or university necessary to receive credit for the experience.

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