Mountain School Education Internship

North Cascades Institute is seeking motivated undergraduate students to be spring and fall interns at its Environmental Learning Center (ELC), located on the shores of Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park. The Environmental Education intern will work under constant supervision by Institute staff and graduate students. The internship is designed to provide job training in environmental education with the practical application of learned skills. As such, interns will receive continuous support from supervisors and mentors, who will observe, advise, and assist as needed. Primary duties will include shadowing and co-teaching our residential environmental education program, Mountain School; assisting with Learning Center operations; and participating in Institute events, staff meetings, and program debriefs. In addition, interns will be responsible for completing an independent project of their choice that is relevant to their college degree program and to their internship experience. This is an unpaid internship and is a full-time position. Interns should expect to work five days (approximately forty hours) each week. Some weekend work may be required. There is some flexibility with responsibilities based upon individual university requirements, skills and interests. 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 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

Teaching (50%):
Shadow 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%):
Attend 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%):
Complete 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 internship.

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 deadlines
Spring internships: January 10th
Fall internships: Open until filled

To Apply
Please send a letter of interest, resume, and the names of three references with current contact information to:

       Email (preferred):
       North Cascades Institute
       Mountain School 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.