Youth Leadership Lead Instructor

North Cascades Institute seeks a qualified, enthusiastic professional to become its Youth Leadership Lead Instructor to assist the Youth Leadership Coordinator in managing the North Cascades Wild and Cascades Climate Challenge programs throughout the course of the season, from student recruitment, leading summer courses, post-season cleanup and follow-up with students. During the summer, this position will lead two 8-day and one 15-day canoe camping, backpacking, field science and stewardship courses for high school-age youth. This position will assist with overall student recruiting and enrollment, trip planning, staff training, curriculum development and student mentorship. The position is based out of the administrative office in Sedro-Woolley, WA from March 4-May 31 and based out of the Institute’s field campus in North Cascades National Park from June 3-August 30, 2013 (those primary job responsibilities for this time period are bolded).



- Bachelor's degree, preferably in Environmental Education, Education, Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology or related field and minimum of two (2) years relevant experience and/or training.

- Experience teaching adolescents, preferably in a wilderness or residential setting.

- Exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to work independently and make decisions when necessary.

- Knowledge of basic scientific principles, North Cascades natural and cultural history and ability to teach them.

- Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

- Enthusiasm for learning and teaching about the natural world.

- Must be willing to work outdoors, energetic, flexible, motivated and professional.

- Must be willing to work full days and evenings, including multiple overnight camping trips during the summer program.

- Ability to monitor and model safe work habits on extensive overnight backcountry trips. Must be familiar with backcountry and risk management practices.

- Current Wilderness First Responder Certification required.

- Ability to lift up to 75lbs. occasionally, carry up to 50lbs. backpack and hike over uneven terrain, strong canoeing skills and ability teach canoeing, water safety.

- Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record that meets Institute policies.

- Final offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal history and background check that may include employment history, national criminal background check, and national sex offender registry search.



- Work with program coordinator and other staff to ensure that youth leadership program fulfills educational mission of the Institute.

- Lead, teach and supervise high school students during three 8 and 15-day canoe camping and backpacking trips.

- Assist in developing, implementing and evaluating program’s themes, content and itineraries in coordination with National Park and Forest Service partners.

- Recruit and register students for program, including conducting interviews and processing applications and paperwork.

- Coordinate participant travel arrangements and registration paperwork.

- Research, develop, implement and document lessons to supplement program curricula.

- Assist with training, supervision and management of youth leadership graduate students and staff.

- Implement and evaluate safety and emergency response procedures.


- Assist in development and management of detailed course itineraries, including managing service projects and coordinating with visiting instructors and personnel.

- Complete all pre- and between-trip duties, including but not limited to contacting students, compiling paperwork, completing incident reports, additional food purchasing and gear repair.

- Assist in management of program menus and food planning.

- Manage inventory, maintenance and storage of program equipment and supplies.

- Mentor and supervise graduate students and staff throughout program, as needed; ensure they are completing their duties, as assigned.  

- Mentor alumni including following up with job placement, college applications, internships and professional development opportunities, helping to create a “path for youth.”

- Complete necessary reports and written outputs for program, as needed, including writing media releases, program reports, blogs, grant proposals and other public outreach materials.

- Communicate with all Institute coordinators, managers, directors, partners, program participants and other individuals as needed to coordinate program activities.

Disclaimer: This job announcement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.



Compensation and Housing

March 4 – May 30, 2013: Working from the Institute’s administrative office this position is Seasonal/Temporary full time non-exempt. The wage range is $12.12-13.27 per hour, including holiday pay.

June 1 – August 31, 2013: Working from the North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center this position is Seasonal/Temporary full time exempt, with a salary of $2,100 – $2,300 per month, including holiday pay.

Application Deadline

Position will remain open until filled.

Job Duration

March 4 – Aug 30, 2013

To Apply

Please send letter of interest, resume, and names of three references with current contact information to:

North Cascades Institute

Youth Leadership Lead Instructor Search

810 State Route 20

Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284


Equal Opportunity Employer:

Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a high priority at North Cascades Institute. The Institute does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, marital status, age (over 40), veteran status, physical or mental disability, ex-offender status or any other basis prohibited by law in any of its policies or programs.

North Cascades Institute:

Our mission is to conserve and restore Northwest environments through education. Since 1986 we have helped connect people, nature and community through science, art, literature and the hands-on study of natural and cultural history. Our goal is to help people of all ages experience and enjoy the mountains, rivers, forests, people and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest – so all will care for and protect this special place.

North Cascades Institute is committed to innovation and excellence in environmental learning and leadership in the nonprofit community. We believe that sustainable communities are built on healthy environments, vibrant economies and social equity.