Alumni Resources

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

Check out some of the amazing opportunities listed below! Remember that your Youth Leadership Instructors are great people to use as references.

High School

YMCA Environmental Symposium

YMCA, Seattle WA

The Symposium is an opportunity for high school students to engage in hands-on workshops with environmental experts and teens from around the Puget Sound. Workshop topics include environmental justice, waste reduction, water quality and more! Youth will be networking with passionate peers and adults as well as gaining tools to create real, positive change for their communities. Lunch is provided, with vegetarian options available.

When: Friday March 23, 9:00-2:00pm.

Where: University of Washington campus, Seattle.

Cost: FREE!

If you are interested in attending and receiving transportation from North Cascades Institute, please contact Julie Stone at You can access the Symposium Registration Packet here.

Post-High School

Youth Leadership Internship

North Cascades Institute, North Cascades National Park, WA

North Cascades Institute is seeking motivated candidates for the Youth Leadership Adventures (YLA) Internship this June-August 2018. Interns will attend all YLA trainings, participate in course preparation, and assist in leading two 8-day and one 12-day Youth Leadership Adventures backcountry courses. Additionally, interns will gain leadership experience by providing student mentorship before, during, and after each course, supporting other North Cascades Institute programs as available, and developing their teaching and lesson-planning skills. This position is designed to provide job training as well as the practical application of learned skills. There are two Intern positions available. Benefits include housing, meals, Wilderness First Aid training, and a prorated $400 monthly stipend plus an end of season $1,250 bonus stipend.

Please apply online at: In order to be considered, applications must include the completed website application, a cover letter, a current resume, and contact information for three references. The application deadline is Sunday, March 18.

 In My Backyard (IMBY) Internship

Seattle area National Park sites, Seattle WA

The National Park Service (NPS) In My Backyard program enables intern mentors (19-25 years old) to give back to the park’s shared community through facilitation of youth programming. A Place at the Park (APAP) was developed by IMBY interns with the specific goal of fostering better relationships between diverse youth (13-17 years old) and the National Park Service. NPS staff and intern mentors will help guide high school students to discover their own sense of place within public lands, regardless of background or experience. Intern mentors will be the primary facilitators of the APAP program which includes leading activities, discussions, and workshops that correspond with designated weekly themes. Intern mentors are rewarded with a total $2,700 stipend distributed weekly during the entirety of the 25-week commitment. The ideal candidate will be between 18-25 years old.

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to by March 25, 2018. Please include any relevant experience, skills, and special interests in submission materials.

Washington Conservation Corps AmeriCorps positions

Washington Conservation Corps, WA

Washington Conservation Corps (WCC)  is now recruiting 6-month WCC AmeriCorps members!  This is your chance to gain hands-on experience in the environmental field. As an AmeriCorps program, we create future leaders through community involvement and mentorship. We have more than 350 members and experienced staff statewide who restore critical habitat, build trails, and respond to local and national disasters.

The majority of our AmeriCorps member positions are 11-month crew positions, in which members serve on crews of five members led by a WCC crew supervisor. There are limited 6-month and 3-month positions offered in spring and summer. We also provide 14 full-time Individual Placement positions that are typically limited to summer recruitment only. Members earn Washington's minimum wage and an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successfully completing a term. 

Please learn about our AmeriCorps member positions before continuing to our application map to apply online.


Volunteer Opportunities


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 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