Alumni Careers

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.

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.

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


Grad Employment Sector Graph


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

where alumni go


Executive Director, Cahaba Environmental Learning Center, Birmingham, AL

Education Director, Montana Natural History Center, Missoula

Education Director, Sound Experience, Seattle

Education Director, Nature Consortium, Seattle

Education Coordinator, The Watershed Project, Richmond, CA

Education & Outreach Coordinator, Puget Sound Restoration Fund, WA

Membership Coordinator, Chelan Douglas Land Trust, Chelan County, WA

Program Coordinator, Canoe Island French Camp, San Juan Islands, WA

Education & Outreach Coordinator, Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, MT

Education Coordinator, Palouse-Clearwater Institute, Moscow, ID


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



Education Specialist, Mount Rainier National Park

Program Coordinator, Trees Atlanta, GA

Outreach Coordinator, North Cascades Institute, WA

Education Coordinator, Anza-Borrego Foundation, Borrego Springs, CA

Program Managers, North Cascades Institute, WA

Restoration Program Manager, Nature Consortium, Seattle, WA

Brightwater Education Manager, Islandwood, Bainbridge Island, WA

Chair of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council


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

Teachers at Lummi Nation School, Explorations Academy

Geography Instructor, Douglas College British Columbia

Program Coordinator, Multicultural Affairs Center, Truman University, Missouri

Development Director, Bellingham Technical College

Education Program Manager, Samish Indian Nation

Education and Outreach Specialist, Thurston County Public Works

Program Coordinator, North Cascades Institute

Environmental Educators, Field and Lead Instructors at a variety of nature centers and field science institutes, including Naturebridge, Yosemite Village CA; Mount Rainier Institute, Pack Forest, WA; Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, Linville, NC; Young Woman Empowered, Kirkland, WA
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Joshua Porter: Graduate Program Director

big_quotation_mark.pngIf you want to be a leader in Environmental Education, we designed this program with you in mind. I invite you to come visit the North Cascades Environmental Study-JoshuaLearning Center and see for yourself!

You can also contact me at or (206) 526-2568 with any questions.