Farm to Table Culinary Internship

North Cascades Institute is seeking motivated undergraduate or vocational degree students to be summer interns at its Environmental Learning Center (ELC), located on the shores of Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park. The Farm to Table Intern will work under constant supervision by Institute staff and graduate students. This internship is designed to provide job training as well as the practical application of learned skills related to what it takes to grow, harvest, transport and prepare local, sustainable food. As such, interns will receive continuous support from supervisors and mentors both in the kitchen and in the field. Duties will include working on local farms in the Puget Sound Basin and assisting kitchen staff with the ordering, transportation, and handling of food from farms to the Learning Center kitchen. Interns will work side-by-side with Institute chefs as they learn how to cook deliciously fresh meals for program participants and staff using sustainable ingredients. Additionally, interns will have the opportunity to engage with adults and children around foodshed education, drawing connections between how food flows from the farm to the table and all the processes in between. Interns will also be responsible for completing an independent project of their choice that is relevant to their college degree or trade program.

This is an unpaid internship and is a full-time position. Interns should expect to work five days (approximately forty hours) each week, including work for their independent project. There is some flexibility with responsibilities based upon individual university or vocational degree requirements. It is the responsibility of the intern to complete paperwork with his or her college or university necessary to receive credit for the experience.

- Enthusiasm for the mission of North Cascades Institute
- Junior or Senior status at a university, or enrollment in a trade school
- Some coursework in Agriculture, Food Science, Culinary, Restaurant Management, Education, Environmental Studies, or other related field
- Experience working in a commercial kitchen or on a farm
- Willingness to live and work in a rural community
- Ability to do manual labor and lift up to 50 lbs.
- CPR/First Aid Certification (more advanced certifications preferred)
- Valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record for the past three years; must be 21 years or older to drive an Institute vehicle
- Criminal history disclosure form and background check will be required

- Experience living in a small community
- Experience working at a camp or residential education center
- Access to a personal vehicle throughout the summer
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office
- Ability to complete the full term of the internship

Farming (30%):
Engage in farm operations as directed by owners or operators, including harvesting, weeding, prepping and planting, irrigation work, cultivation techniques, and making compost. Assist Kitchen/Food Education Manager with transportation of food from local farms to the Institute kitchen; weekly driving will not exceed more than four hours per week.

Kitchen (30%):
Assist with processing, handling, and prepping of food from local farms, including preparation of sustainable, seasonal, and deliciously fresh meals to support program participants and staff at the ELC.

Teaching and Instruction (10%):
Assist in development of foodshed education curriculum and materials; shadow and co-teach guests and staff about foodshed education and trends in the sustainable food movement at the Institute and beyond.

Training and Evaluation (10%):
Attend staff training and complete intern-specific training, including foodshed education and other program logistics, group facilitation techniques, risk management, and customer service; participate in weekly check-ins with supervisor and mentor, end-of-season debriefs and exit interview, and observations and feedback.

Independent Project (15%):
Complete an independent project of the intern’s choice related to the foodshed program at the ELC. Emphasis is flexible, based upon the requirements of the intern’s degree or trade program. The project should be approved by the supervisor and submitted to North Cascades Institute upon completion of the internship

Administration and Operations (5%):
Attend weekly staff meetings and hands-to-work.

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 transportation.

Application deadline
May 15th

To Apply
Please send a letter of interest, resume, and names of three references with current contact information to:
    Email (preferred):
    North Cascades Institute
    Farm to Table Education Intern Search
    810 State Route 20
    Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

Recruiting 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.