Youth Leadership Lead Instructor


The Youth Leadership Lead Instructor’s role is to support the Youth Leadership Coordinator and Youth Leadership Manager in implementing the Youth Leadership Adventures program. This position will help with overall student recruiting and enrollment, course planning, staff training, curriculum development and student mentorship, including implementation of Kulshan Creek Neighborhood community field trips for Mount Vernon youth, fall reunion and Youth Leadership Conference. During the summer, this position will lead two 8-day and one 16-day canoe camping, backpacking, stewardship, leadership development and field science courses for students ages 14-18. The position’s work location is the administrative office in Sedro-Woolley, WA from February through mid-May and then again September through November. In the summer (approximately May 15- August 31), this position’s work location changes to the Institute’s Environmental Learning Center in North Cascades National Park.

- Master’s degree in education, conservation, environmental science or related field or Bachelor’s degree with minimum of two years relevant experience and/or training
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and time management skills with strong attention to detail
- Ability to prioritize effectively and handle multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously
- Good judgment, flexibility and ability to work independently and reliably
- Energetic, flexible, motivated and professional
- Experience teaching youth, preferably high school-aged, in wilderness, canoe-based, service and residential programs
- Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and cultures
- Enthusiasm for learning and teaching about the natural world and knowledge of North Cascades natural and cultural history
- Experience leading service projects in the backcountry, including trail and campground maintenance and citizen science projects
- Knowledge of basic scientific principles and ability to teach them
- Willing to work outdoors and full days and evenings, including multiple overnight camping trips
- Ability to monitor and model safe work habits on extensive overnight backcountry trips. Must be familiar with backcountry and risk management practices
- Strong ability to teach canoeing and water safety skills
- Comfortable working in both office and remote environments that require traveling long distances
- Current driver’s license and acceptable driving record
- Ability to pass a criminal history disclosure and background check
- Wilderness First Responder certification

- Ability to lift and carry up to 50lbs, backpack and hike over uneven terrain

- Recruitment and Enrollment (25%): Recruit and register high school students for summer courses, fall reunion and Youth Leadership Conference, including coordinating with teachers, giving presentations, conducting interviews and processing applications and paperwork. Coordinate participant travel arrangements and registration paperwork.
- Leadership and Teaching (25%): Serve as instructional lead in teaching and supervising high school students during three 8 and 16-day canoe camping and backpacking trips, fall reunion and Youth Leadership Conference, including mentorship of interns and staff and completion of pre and post-trip duties. Support training, supervision, and management of Youth Leadership graduate students, interns and seasonal staff.
- Mentorship (15%): Mentor alumni including helping students develop and deliver community service projects post-course, assist with job placement, college applications, internships and professional development opportunities, and further develop and strengthen pathways for youth to participate in next-step opportunities. Develop and coordinate post-course service projects with teachers and community partners, as needed. Maintain social media pages and communicate opportunities to alumni regularly through blogs, emails and social media updates.
- Kulshan Creek (10%): Coordinate with partners, staff and graduate students to implement year-round field trips for Kulshan Creek Neighborhood youth ages 5-18 from Mount Vernon. Strengthen pathway for Kulshan Creek youth to engage in Youth Leadership courses and events.
- Food/Gear Management (10%): Plan program menus and food packing. Manage inventory, maintenance and storage of program equipment and supplies.
- Fall Events Implementation (10%): Support development and implementation of fall Reunion and Youth Leadership Conference.
- Course Planning/Curriculum Development (5%): Support development of detailed course itineraries, including managing service projects and coordinating with visiting instructors and personnel, as needed. Research, develop, implement and document lessons to supplement program curricula.
- Other duties, as assigned.

This is a regular, full-time, exempt position with an annual furlough from December 1 through January 31. The monthly salary is $2300-2500, depending on qualifications and experience. We offer a competitive compensation package; benefits include paid time-off, medical/dental insurance, long and short-term disability insurance, tax-defined annuity and contribution retirement plan and a yearly stipend to participate in Institute programs. During the summer and working from the Learning Center, this position will have shared housing and some meals. Given the remote location, personal transportation is required. Pets and smoking are not allowed in on-site housing, during programs or on the Institute’s campus.

October 31, 2013. Application review will begin in late October and will remain open until filled.

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 program.