Seasonal Naturalist and Skagit Tour Guide

North Cascades Institute seeks qualified, enthusiastic individuals to become Seasonal Naturalists and Skagit Tour Guides as part of our education team. Based out of the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center in North Cascades National Park (Diablo, Washington), this position will teach in our Mountain School program during spring the and will be a primarily a guide for Skagit Tours, a partnership program with Seattle City Light and North Cascades National Park, comprised of boat and field tours in the summer. 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 biodiverse places in the world. As a Skagit Tour Guide you will teach to diverse audiences about the history of the Skagit Hydroelectric Project, as well as the natural and cultural history of North Cascades National Park while boating on Diablo Lake in the Alice Ross III or visiting points of interest along the North Cascades Highway corridor in a tour vehicle. North Cascades Institute also provides incredible experiential programs to adults and families at the Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake. Participants experience Northwest ecosystems through art, photography, literature, natural and cultural history appreciation, recreational activities and other programs. Naturalist will also serve as instructional staff for these programs and will be involved in planning, physical set-up and breakdown, and program logistics.


* Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Environmental Education, Environmental Science, History, Education, Biology, Ecology or related field
* Enthusiasm for learning and teaching about cultural history and the natural world
* Experience teaching adults, families and other audiences, preferably in an environmental education setting (Residential environmental education experience a plus)
* Excellent public speaking skills
* Ability to adjust teaching methods and styles to accommodate different audiences
* Must be creative, energetic, flexible, motivated and professional
* Must possess a sense of humor and enjoy working as a cooperative team player
* Ability to work flexible hours including evenings; weekend work will be required
July – September when working as a Skagit Tour Guide
* Ability to work and live comfortably in a small community
* Current Wilderness First Responder certification
* A pre-employment or post-hire background screening and criminal history check
* Valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record for the past three years
* Experience driving 15 passenger vans/buses a plus
* Ability to lift 50 pounds
* Ability to hike over varied elevation and terrain for extended periods

* Teach engaging natural and cultural history or other lessons during classes and evening programs for various ages
* Lead hikes, canoeing and other naturalist activities for groups
* Create a safe, positive learning environment for youth and adults with positive reinforcement, role-modeling and cultural sensitivity.  
* Serve as primary instructional staff for Skagit Tours, teaching natural and cultural history and Skagit Hydroelectric Project history to diverse audiences
* Provide leadership in risk management before, during and after classes (e.g., respond to emergencies, administer first aid, maintain medical kits, complete incident reports)
* Manage program logistics including driving participants in 15 passenger vans/buses
* Create and maintain program educational materials, including coordinating educational equipment (e.g., field guides, binoculars, etc.) and helping participants use them during classes
* Represent the Institute during classes by sharing publicity information and promoting future courses, membership and involvement
* Participate in Institute team meetings (e.g., program, risk management)
* Assist for or teach natural and cultural history or other lessons during classes and evening programs for various ages
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.

Start/ End Date
March 1 – September 9, 2013 (March 1 - end of June primarily Mountain School instructor naturalist, July 1 -September 9, 2013 primarily Skagit Tour Guide)

This is a seasonal/temporary full time exempt position with paid holidays. $1800 per month, plus training, shared housing and meals when programs are in session.  Housing is provided and all Seasonal Naturalists are required to reside in staff housing during the duration of the position. Pets and smoking are not allowed in the program, housing, or any Environmental Learning Center facilities.

Until filled.

To Apply
Please send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to:

North Cascades Institute
Seasonal Naturalist/Skagit Tour Guide Search
810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284-1239

Phone: (206) 526-2599

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.