Snow School Field Instructors

Are you interested in working with youth outside?

Mt. Baker Snow School is an outdoor winter learning adventure for middle school students combining applied science education with snowshoe-powered exploration. While in the field at Mt. Baker Ski Area, students and their teachers engage in research and hands-on learning around the themes of weather, watersheds and climate. Instructors will support students as they become citizen scientists--collecting real-world data about watershed health through the lens of snowpack analysis, snow algae sampling, and snow/water equivalency. 

Mt. Baker Snow School instructors consist of undergraduate interns, graduate students and community volunteers. Instructors work alongside snow scientists from the Northwest Avalanche Center and biologists from Western Washington University to engage participants in an exploration of the winter environment.

As a Mt. Baker Snow School instructor, you will...

  • Work directly with middle school students 
  • Teach students in a winter mountain environment at the Mt. Baker Ski Area
  • Receive academic credit for internship hours
  • Receive professional development and educational opportunities
  • Be eligible for skiing and snowboarding benefits at the Mt. Baker Ski Area

Mt. Baker Snow School runs Thursdays and Fridays each week from 8am-4pm at the Mt. Baker Ski Area. Volunteers must be available for training days and a minimum of one consistent field day per week for the duration of the Snow School season.

Important Dates

 2020 Training Dates 

    • January 11th in Bellingham (location TBD)
    • January 12th at Mt. Baker Ski Area (field day)

2020 Program Dates 

All dates listed are for the 2020 season, Thursdays and Fridays. 

Applications for instructors are closed for 2020

Internship Duration: January 11-March 20, 2020 

Application Deadline: November 22, 2019 or until filled. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis and will conclude on November 27, 2019.

Please contact our School Day Programs Coordinator for more information on upcoming internship opportunities.

Entry into the program is on a first-come, first-served basis. This is a part-time, unpaid internship. Instructors are responsible for providing their own food, housing, health insurance and transportation (shuttle and carpooling possibly available). It is the responsibility of the intern to complete paperwork with their university to receive credit for the internship.

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