Youth Leadership Lead Instructor
Want to spend the summer outdoors in the North Cascades hiking, canoeing, camping and doing service projects? Want to work with amazing students from all over the world? Want to help inspire the next generation of conservation leaders? Learn more about this transformative program at www.ncascades.org/youth!
YOUTH LEADERSHIP ADVENTURES OVERVIEW
- Bachelor’s degree in education, conservation, environmental science, or related field 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 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/field 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 field 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 during the summer, and occasionally evening/weekend work during the rest of the year
- 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, acceptable driving record, and experience (or willingness to be trained) with driving 14-passenger small buses
- Ability to pass a criminal history disclosure and background check
- Current Wilderness First Responder certification required - applicants will not be considered without this training
- Ability to lift up to 75lbs occasionally, carry at least a 50 lb. backpack, and hike over uneven terrain
- Recruitment and Enrollment (25%): Recruit and enroll high school students for summer courses, Youth Leadership Conference, and winter reunion including coordinating and developing relationships with teachers, giving presentations, conducting interviews, and processing applications and paperwork. Coordinate participant travel arrangements and registration paperwork. Collaborate with registration staff as needed.
- Leadership and Teaching (25%): Serve as instructional lead in teaching and supervising high school students during four 8- and 16-day canoe camping and backpacking trips, winter reunion, and Youth Leadership Conference, including mentorship of interns/apprentices, graduate students, and staff and completion of pre- and post-trip duties. Support training, supervision, and management of Youth Leadership graduate students, interns/apprentices, and co-instructors.
- 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 help to 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. 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. Help lead some Saturday day trips. 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.
- Events Implementation (10%): Support development and implementation of Youth Leadership Conference, winter reunion, and other events, as needed.
- Course Planning/Curriculum Development (5%): Support development and management 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.