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

Environmental Leaders Summit

We are inviting local teens and adults from around the Puget Sound to discuss the environmental issues facing our communities. Join us to share ideas, talk with environmental professionals, and connect with your peers about the environmental topics you care about. Get connected and take action at the Summit’s Opportunity Fair, where environmental organizations will share ways to get involved. Collaborate with community leaders and young environmentalists for a day of dialogue, discussion, and doing as we strive to create more sustainable schools and neighborhoods! This year, YMCA Earth Service Corps, North Cascades Institute, Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, and the National Parks Service are teaming up to host. There is no cost for this event, but registration is required and space is limited. For questions, please contact Chelsey Wheeler at cwheeler@seattleymca.org or 206-466-1048.

To Register:

  1. Visit ymcaearthservicecorps.org and click “Register Now” button
  2. Select Environmental Leaders Summit – Youth Registration, then “Register for this session”
  3. Sign in or Create an Account
    1. When creating an account, please list a parent/guardian as the primary contact and list attending youth as an additional contact
  4. Complete registration as an individual

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

North Cascades Institute-Program Instructor

This position primarily supports the Mountain School program in the spring and fall, and may assist with other Institute programming throughout the 10-month season. This is a paid, full-time, seasonal position starting February 17, 2020 and ending December 15, 2020, with a summer furlough from June 6th through August 30th. There is a possibility of summer employment with North Cascades Institute summer programs based on interest, experience, and need. Priority application deadline is November 14th, 2019.

North Cascades Institute- Assistant Program Instructor

 The Assistant Program Instructor will work under the supervision of program staff and be mentored by other program instructors during our Mountain School season.  This position is designed to provide mentorship for the applicant as well as practical support for the instructor team. This is a paid, full-time, seasonal position starting February 17, 2020 and ending June 5, 2020, with a possible option extension to September 1, 2020 in support of summer programs. Priority application deadline is November 14th, 2019.

North Cascades Institute- Environmental Education Interns

Seeking interns for Mt. Baker Snow School.The program combines hands-on science education with snowshoe-powered outdoor exploration for middle school students at Mt. Baker Ski Area. Interns receive lift tickets at Mt. Baker Ski Area for each day worked, professional training and experience and up to 100 hours of academic credit.  Applications are due November 22, 2019. More information is available here

North Cascades Institute- Environmental Education Volunteers

Seeking volunteer instructors for Mt. Baker Snow School.The program combines hands-on science education with snowshoe-powered outdoor exploration for middle school students at Mt. Baker Ski Area. Volunteers receive lift tickets at Mt. Baker Ski Area for each day worked, professional training and experience teaching middle school students. Applications are due November 22, 2019. More information available here

North Cascades Institute- Marketing and Development Coordinator

The Marketing and Design Coordinator is part of our Marketing Team, who promotes Institute programs and fundraising through creative campaigns that include print and web publications, events and outreach, media relations, merchandise, promotional displays and community engagement. Institute marketing is intertwined with education, natural and cultural history interpretation, storytelling, art and promotion of environmental sustainability, making for an exciting and varied role for the Marketing and Design Coordinator. Applications are due November 22, 2019. More information is available here

Washington Conservation Voters- Field Organizer

This person is responsible for supporting WEC’s grassroots advocacy and coalition-building efforts and WCV’s c4 political organizing and accountability efforts. Our Field Organizers work on individual projects and as part of a close-knit field team.This position is full-time, based in Seattle, WA and involves some travel (up to 30% of time) to different parts of Washington state. More information 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

Citizens for a Healthy Bay- Climate Justice Organizer

This position engages and mobilizes the public and coalition partners on climate justice and other priority environmental issues, coordinates volunteer events, builds community conversation and oversees outreach efforts for Citizens for a Healthy Bay. More information is available here

King County Parks- Park Specialist II

Maintain parks, trails, athletic fields ands other green spaces in King County.  More information is available here.  

Seattle Aquarium- Ocean Policy Assistant

Seattle Aquarium is seeking a temporary Ocean Policy Assistant. Find more information on their employment page here.

Washington Bus- Multiple Positions

Check out two positions available with the Washington Bus- Field Director and Field Coordinator. Washington Bus is a youth-led organization dedicated to engaging young people in civic life and “gives them the tools to be organizers, legislators and leaders.” More information about Washington Bus and employment opportunities is available here.

Tilth Alliance- Community Education Manager

Tilth Alliance is looking for a Community Education Manager. The Project Manager is part of the Community Education Team at Tilth Alliance, which engages youth, adults and families in hands-on classes, volunteer opportunities and other programming in Seattle and King County, around growing food, environmental stewardship, and cooking and sharing food in community. 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.