- Enthusiasm for the mission of North Cascades Institute
- Junior or Senior status at a university or college
- Some coursework in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Education, Biology or other related field
- Experience working with children
- Willingness to live in a rural area
- Ability to hike four miles with a backpack
- CPR/First Aid Certification (more advanced certifications preferred)
- Criminal history disclosure form and background check will be required
- Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder Certification. Strong
preference will be given to applicants with this certification. Interns
without this certification will have more limited responsibilities.
- Experience living in a small community
- Experience working at a camp or residential education center
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office
- Ability to complete the full term of the internship
or team-teach Mountain School; work with a mentor to evaluate teaching
methods; assist with at least one weekend program. All teaching will be
under constant supervision of Institute staff.
Training and Evaluation (20%):
training prior to assisting with Mountain School or other NCI programs.
Training will be specific to and will include such topics as group
facilitation techniques, risk management, natural and cultural history,
and program logistics. Attend weekly check-ins with supervisor or
mentor, professional development day, end-of-season debriefs and exit
interview; participate in peer observations and feedback.
Administration and Operations (15%):
Attend weekly Mountain School meetings, staff meetings and hands-to-work; assist with facility operations and gear maintenance.
Independent Project (15%):
an independent project of the intern’s choice related to natural
history, environmental education, stewardship or the operation of an
Environmental Learning Center. Topics are flexible based upon the
requirements of the intern’s degree program, as well as individual
interests and skills. The project should be approved by the supervisor
and submitted to North Cascades Institute upon completion of the
Housing and Meals
This is an unpaid, full-time internship. Housing will be provided for the duration of the internship. Housing is
either at the Environmental Learning Center or in the neighboring towns
of Diablo or Newhalem. Interns may be asked to share a room for part or
all of the internship. Meals are provided when programs are in session;
otherwise, interns are responsible for providing their own food.
Interns are responsible for their own health insurance and
Spring internships: January 10th
Fall internships: May 1st
Please send a letter of interest, resume, and the names of three references with current contact information to:
Email (preferred): firstname.lastname@example.org
North Cascades Institute
Mountain School Education Intern Search
810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
and retaining diverse staffing is a high priority at North Cascades
Institute. The Institute does not discriminate on the basis of gender,
race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender
identity and expression, military or marital status, age, sensory,
physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other basis
prohibited by law in any of its policies or programs.