Alumni Careers

If you want to change the world, you have to be preparedAlumni of our Graduate Program earn their Master of Education in Environmental Education from Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University and Certificates in Leadership and Nonprofit Administration and Northwest Natural History from North Cascades Institute, positioning them for rewarding careers post-graduation.


Grad Employment Sector Graph

Bottom line? North Cascades Institute alumni get rewarding jobs after graduating! Here are a few examples:

Robby Astrove - Cohort 3: “The graduate program provided the pedagogical ingredients and confidence for me to succeed as a naturalist and field educator. Equally valuable, the program offered insight, mentoring, and hands-on experience to sustain, grow, and lead environmental education programs.”

Park Ranger, Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, Lithonia, GA; Board of Directors, Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia

Cece Bowerman – Cohort 10: “The graduate program was instrumental in acquiring my current position in so many ways. I had the opportunity to use North Cascades Institute as a model for nonprofit administration, including the expertise of fundraising staff members. All of this fed into knowing what I wanted to do after graduation, and now I get to raise funds and build support for preserving organic farmland in Washington State with an amazing group of people.”

Development Assistant, PCC Farmland Trust

Darek Staab – Cohort 2: “The graduate program helped to strengthen my skills, background and résumé through providing a wealth of hands-on, tangible experiences, which provided lessons and examples for navigating the world of running a non-profit program. The combination of a masters degree and certificate in non-profit leadership complemented my past academic and career experience and helped me succeed in a very competitive job market.”

Project Manager, Upper Deschutes Home Rivers Initiative, Trout Unlimted, Bend OR

Lauren Marziliano is an alumni who graduated from North Cascades Institute's Graduate M.Ed. Program in 2004. In this short video, she shares why she signed up for the program, what she got out of it and what opportunities awaited her when she graduated and started looking for a job.

Where Alumni Go


  • Restoration Program Manager
    Nature Consortium
    Seattle, WA

    Brightwater Education Manager
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    Advisory Council Chair 
    Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

    Lummi Nation School, Explorations Academy

    Geography Instructor
    Douglas College
    British Columbia

    Program Coordinator
    Multicultural Affairs Center
    Truman University, Missouri

    Development Director
    Bellingham Technical College
    Bellingham, WA 

    Education Program Manager
    Samish Indian Nation

    Education and Outreach Specialist
    Thurston County Public Works
    Thurston County, WA 

    Program Coordinator
    North Cascades Institute
    Sedro-Woolley, WA

    Environmental Educator/Field Instructor
    Yosemite Village CA

    Environmental Educator/Field Instructor
    Mount Rainier Institute
    Pack Forest, WA

    Environmental Educator/Field Instructor
    Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
    Linville, NC

    Environmental Educator/Field Instructor
    Young Woman Empowered
    Kirkland, WA


Looking for more? Read The Picket Post, our graduate alumni newsletter