Summary of Position
People come to North Cascades Institute (NCI) for transformative experiences and our Adult and Family programs are on the forefront of learning that touches and changes lives. The Manager is responsible for creating and managing NCI’s Adult and Family Programs (AdFam) suite of outdoor education programs that serve people of all ages; children, families and adults, throughout the year. The work location is at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake, and program activities occur at the Learning Center, in the broader community, and occasionally in remote field locations. The Learning Center is located in the heart of the North Cascades National Park, in a remote and beautiful location, approximately 20 miles from the nearest gas station and post office in Marblemount, and 60 miles from towns with full amenities.

Successful candidates may bring experience from a variety of backgrounds, and will have a demonstrated passion for creating and nourishing high performance teams in dynamic environments. Our field is Outdoor Education, so a passion for nature and the environment are key, while strong leadership and program management skills are essential. This role works integrally with both internal partners, like our education, finance, retail, facilities and marketing teams, and external partners, especially North Cascades National Park and Seattle City Light. An ability to see how different pieces of a complex organizational puzzle fit together is necessary. This position reports directly to the Program Director.

The Institute strives to further our identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity in community and curriculum, works to redress historical inequities, and seeks a diverse pool of candidates. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Compensation and Benefits
The pay range for this position is $20.19-$21.00 per hour, depending on experience. This is a regular (non-seasonal), full-time, non-exempt position. This position may be eligible for overtime pay during the summer months, based on program needs. We offer a competitive compensation package; benefits include paid time-off, medical/dental insurance, long and short-term disability insurance, life insurance, tax-deferred annuity and contribution retirement plan, and a yearly stipend to participate in Institute programs. Meals are provided when programs are in session; otherwise, staff are responsible for providing their own food.

Shared rental housing may be available either at the Learning Center or in the neighboring town of Marblemount depending on availability and fluctuating staff needs. Shared rental housing is $300/month or staff can provide their own housing. Pets are not allowed on the Institute’s campus. Smoking is not allowed in housing, during programs, or on the Institute’s campus

Start Date
March 1, 2022

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Full Time, Teaching/Education


• NCI employees are required to have a COVID vaccination and a booster in early 2022.
• Valid driver’s license and driving record check must have no more than one moving violation in the past three years, no DUI, reckless driving, or serious moving violations, etc.
• Final offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check that may include employment history, national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and a driving history.

Required Skills:

• Demonstrated emotional intelligence and ability to lead, coach and connect while fostering a positive, inclusive workplace environment.
• Significant experience supervising adults in leadership and teaching roles.
• Demonstrated ability to design and manage a diverse array of programs and solve scheduling puzzles.
• Ability to thrive in a complex, fast-paced environment, with a seasonably varied work schedule including some evenings, nights, and weekends.

Preferred Skills:

• Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Environmental Education, Education, Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, Social Sciences, Humanities, related fields, or equivalent experience.
• Significant experience in environmental, outdoor, field or place-based education, especially Residential Environmental Learning Centers, camps, schools or similar facilities.
• Teaching interdisciplinary natural and cultural history.

About North Cascades Institute

North Cascades Institute's mission is to inspire environmental stewardship through transformative learning experiences in nature. Since 1986, we have helped connect people, nature and community through science, art, literature and the hands-on study of natural and cultural history. Our goal is to help people of all ages and backgrounds experience and enjoy the mountains, rivers, forests, people and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest – so all will care for and protect this special place.

North Cascades Institute is a respected leader among U.S. environmental education organizations, and we believe that sustainable communities are built on healthy environments, vibrant economies and social equity. The Institute is in sound financial health with a $4 million budget and strong reserves, and 15 four-star ratings with Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Application Instructions

Application deadline is February 1, 2022. Expected interview dates are in early February, with an optimal start date of March 1. To Apply Please apply online on our website at: http://ncascades.atsondemand.com/ Complete the online application and upload a cover letter and resume.