Alumni Resources

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

YLAC Olympia Action Day

The Youth Legislative Action Council invites you to their annual Action Day event in Olympia on January 27-28, 2019. Through this Action Day, you will receive training on how to talk with legislators and then will attend meetings where you can advocate for issues that are important to you! Email Ashley Lin at if you are interested in attending!

LEEF Environmental Leadership Program

Leaders in Environment, Equity, and Facilitation (LEEF) is about helping young people grow their voice, develop leadership skills in diverse communities, become adept urban environmental educators, and positively impact their communities as professional challenge course facilitators, naturalists, and leaders. The LEEF program offers participants a combination of mentorship, paid work experience, outdoor opportunities, leadership training, and professional development. Participants may continue their professional development through potential part-time work at Camp Long and other community organizations. LEEF is currently recruiting the 2019 cohort! Learn more and apply here

ReConnect Earth Winter & Spring Trips

Reconnect Earth trips are eye-opening experiences in the outdoors focused on transforming our relationships with the world around us, our communities, and each other. Each Reconnect Earth trip is designed to connect participants with natural and cultural history while harnessing your power as an agent of positive change. Learn more about trips here.

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.

Shadow Go-Green! Youth Internship

This is a great opportunity to be a community contributor, while spending your summer at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve! Learn about environmentalism and nonprofits in a real world setting. SHADOW’s Summer Youth Intern will be responsible for assisting with summer educational programming and events at the Nature Preserve, completion of an independent project, and working with SHADOW staff.

Post-High School

Youth Leadership Coordinator

North Cascades Institute is seeking a skilled youth educator and logistics manager to join our team as the Youth Leadership Coordinator. The Youth Leadership Coordinator will work to recruit teens for our Youth Leadership Adventures program, plan trip itineraries, and manage trip logistics as well as mentor our staff, graduate students and interns throughout the summer season. Position is open until filled--we are still accepting and reviewing applications.

Program Instructor

Based out of the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, this seasonal position is for Mountain School, a nationally recognized residential environmental education program serving approximately 2,400 5th graders annually. Instructors lead trail groups of students, facilitating a safe, hands-on, outdoor learning experience.

Seasonal Assistant LGBTQ+ Trail Crew Leader

Washington Trails Association is seeking a Trail Crew Leader who loves working with people and shares our commitment to trail stewardship and volunteerism. The Trail Crew Leader works outdoors leading volunteers in building and maintaining trails on public lands. The position’s primary responsibility is to lead one-day work parties in NW Washington with a focus on trails managed by Mount Baker Ranger District and other agency partners in Whatcom, Island, San Juan and Skagit Counties. This is a temporary, field-based, full-time position that reports to the NW Regional Manager.

Seasonal Youth Trail Crew Leader

Washington Trails Association is seeking leaders who love working outdoors with teens and share our belief that everyone should feel included in the hiking community. The Youth Trail Crew Leader works outdoors leading high school-aged volunteers in building and maintaining trails on public lands. The position’s primary responsibility is to lead 6-8 day Youth Volunteer Vacations in various frontcountry and backcountry locations in Washington. This is a temporary, field-based position that reports to the Youth Trail Program Manager.

Summer Outdoor Educator

The Outdoor Youth Educator will spend the majority of their time in the field leading groups of elementary to middle school aged children as they explore the natural history of Juneau. This is part of Discovery Southeast’s hands-on outdoor education summer camp, Outdoor Explorers. Educators will work week-long day camps for most of the summer, with the possible opportunity of working one or two overnight camps as well. Overnight camps include a cabin-to-cabin backpacking trip and a sea kayak expedition.

Citizen Science Instructor and Marine Science Instructor

The Seattle Aquarium’s conservation education and learning department is hiring seasonal positions for spring 2019. The conservation education and learning department focuses on providing valuable, inclusive, innovative and entertaining experiences for our audiences. If you are excited about engaging diverse audiences in order to inspire conservation of our marine environment, we want to talk to you! To apply, visit

Education and Volunteer Program Coordinator

Highline College’s MaST Center, located halfway between Seattle and Tacoma, is hiring a full-time, with benefits, Education and Volunteer Program Coordinator.  Applications are due 12/7 and the position is expected to start in January 2019.  The position is currently funded through December 2020.

Sound Salmon Solutions Habitat Specialist and Restoration Technicians

Sound Salmon Solutions seeks hard working, fun-loving, and passionate team members for our riparian restoration crew! We're hiring a Habitat Specialist and a crew of 3-4 Habitat Restoration Technicians to help us with invasive plant control, native plant installation, site maintenance, and project coordination on our project sites beginning February 2019. Check out the job announcements and descriptions on our website.

Pacific Science Center Summer Camps Positions

Do you have a passion for inspiring young minds through curiosity, discovery and exploration? Are you a reliable and enthusiastic team player? Spend your summer on a team that engages youth in the wonders of science! Located at 9 locations across the Puget Sound area, Camps for Curious Minds offers unique opportunities to develop skills and get involved at Pacific Science Center!  

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Restoration & Education Manager

Shadow Lake Nature Preserve is looking for a Restoration and Education Manager in Renton, WA. This is a part-time, hourly position. The Education & Restoration Manager will be responsible for oversight of the Education and Restoration Programs at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve. This includes leading groups of SHADOW volunteers in the field, guiding outdoor education programs, coordinating with local teachers and school districts, and some high-level planning of restoration activities. More information is available here

SEEDS Partnerships For Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Fellowship

The SPUR Fellowship is the highest honor in the SEEDS program, and fellows are encouraged to be the outstanding leaders in the future of ESA. The award supports the undergraduate student in designing and conducting an ecology research project of interest.  SEEDS has established partnerships with field stations and mentors to offer exciting summer opportunities that will be tailored to meet your interests, career objectives and growth as a scientist. For most opportunities, no prior research experiences is necessary. 

SCA Young Adult Programs

Are you a college student or recent graduate age 18 or over with a passion for the environment? Are you ready to travel to new places and take on new challenges? Do you want to find a way to turn your conservation interests into a career?

Whether your dream is to lead public programs as a park ranger, trek the backcountry as a field scientist, or explore new sustainability solutions as an urban planner, Student Conservation Association has something for you. Learn more here.

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

If you would like to add an opportunity to this page, please email Sarah Parker at