Alumni Opportunities

Youth Leadership Stewardship
I just had an amazing experience in the North Cascades…What do I do next?”

Check out these next-step opportunities! Remember that your YLA Instructors are great people to use as references.

General Opportunties

High School

SCA Youth Programs

Are you a high school student who is passionate about conservation? Do you like working as part of a team to get things done? Do you just love being outdoors?

Join an SCA camping or commuting crew and plug yourself into SCA’s nationwide network of young conservationists. SCA offers a range of programs for youth ages 15-19. Whether you want to serve in your local community or explore public lands across the country, SCA has something for you! Learn more here.

Post-High School

City of Bellingham- Parks Restoration Educator 

The Parks Restoration Educator engages community members of all ages in the environmental restoration of Bellingham's Parks through hands-on stewardship and environmental education. The AmeriCorps member will develop and lead volunteer work parties for the public and teach environmental stewardship programs for school-aged students with the goal of protecting and enhancing parklands, increasing biodiversity, and improving wildlife habitat. This is a great position for anyone interested in building their skills in environmental education, habitat restoration, and volunteer coordination and you would get to work with Amy Brown, our former Youth Programs Manager! Applications are due December 16.

US Forest Service- Volunteer Snowshoe Rangers

 The Snowshoe with a Ranger Program is based out of Snoqualmie Pass, and wholly dependent on the volunteer snowshoe rangers who lead interpretive snowshoe hikes for the public every weekend (Fri-Sun) from January through March. New volunteers – of all experience levels – are welcome to join to the volunteer cohort prior to the start of the season.  In their first year, volunteers are asked to support, rather than lead, these interpretive walks, according to their availability throughout the season (e.g., assisting with overall safety on walks, ensuring no one gets separated from the group, helping visitors put on or adjust snowshoes). New volunteers must be able to attend the Volunteer Orientation on Saturday,  December 14th & Sunday,  December 15th  in order to participate in this year’s program. Contact Contact the Snowshoe Program Volunteer Coordinator, Jane-Ellen Seymour at smokeybear978@gmail.com for more information and to answer any questions

Bellingham Community Boating Center- Program Manager

This position develops all on-water and on-land programs for both adults and youth. They administer the hiring, scheduling, training and supervision of program instructors, and teach with instructors on an as needed basis.  More information is available here.

Salish Sea Expeditions- Program Coordinator and Marine Science Educator Positions

Salish Sea Expeditions hiring for Spring 2020 season. There are typically six crew members on all expeditions. Including Marine Science Educator & Program Coordinator positions. More information is available here

Adopt A Stream Foundation- Stream and Wetland Technician I

This position constructs stream and wetland restoration projects and surveying physical and biological characteristics of streams.  Enters field information into a computer database.  Constructs a variety of stream and wetland restoration projects ranging from the installation of log grade control structures and fish ladders to stream bank restoration.  Supervises crews of volunteers and/or partner laborers. More information is available here

 WSU- Puget Sound Beachwatcher Coordinator

Responsible for leading the development, implementation, ongoing evaluation and refinement of the Program including research, education and stewardship projects primarily in Snohomish County. This position provides Puget Sound ecosystem and water resources expertise and implements multiple events. More information is available here

Puyallup Tribe- Fisheries Scientific Technician II

The Scientific Technician II will work under direction of the Puyallup Tribal Fisheries staff to monitor juvenile salmon during spring emigration using a rotary screw trap on the Puyallup and White Rivers. More information is available here

Harvest Pierce County- Food Access Coordinator

This position will support our Farm Foundations training, which educates new and beginning farmers on organic production techniques, with an opportunity to practice and develop skills on our community farm. The position also supports Community Work Days, where we invite the community to come to the farm for both education and food access throughout the growing season. The Americorps member would gain skills with outreach, engagement and education on topics of sustainable agriculture. More information is available here

Harvest Against Hunger- VISTA Lead

 Harvest VISTA members coordinate volunteer groups to glean and harvest produce, find creative solutions to issues and challenges related to supply chain management, like the transportation and distribution of gleaned produce. All gleaned produce, which is often nutritionally dense and locally grown, is distributed to food insecure populations through our food bank partners. More information is available here

Community Boating Center- Program Manager

The CBC Programs Manager (PM) develops all on-water and on-land programs for both adults and youth. They administer the hiring, scheduling, training and supervision of program instructors, and teach with instructors on an as needed basis. The PM develops all course curriculum and class schedules, establishes course outcomes, and administers pre- and post-course evaluations. More information available here

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery- Program Coordinator

This full time, year-round position involves a wide variety of duties, including teaching, scheduling programs, publicity and marketing, leading tours and other interpretive and outreach activities, and training and coordinating volunteers. More information is available here

The Mountaineers- Advocacy and Engagement Manager

The Advocacy & Engagement Manager is a new role that will provide focused support to build on our core value of conservation advocacy and further our conservation mission to protect the outdoor experience. They’ll contribute to the organization’s conservation and advocacy program through thoughtful content development, tracking public lands planning and legislative processes, and catalyzing member engagement on these issues.  More information is available here

Volunteer Opportunities

Regional

North Cascades National Park

Washington Department of Ecology

Northwest Youth Corps

Washington Trails Association

The Nature Conservancy

Skagit County, Washington

Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group

Skagit Land Trust

King County, Washington

King County Parks & Recreation

Salmon Watchers Program

Mountain to Sound Greenway

Seattle Audubon Society

WHATCOM COUNTY (Washington)

Whatcom County Parks & Recreation

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association

Northwest Wildlife Rescue & Rehab

Whatcom Land Trust

Clatsop County  (Oregon)

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Nature Conservancy

1000 Friends of Oregon

Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

If you would like to add an opportunity to this page, please email youth@ncascades.org.