North Cascades Institute seeks a qualified, enthusiastic professional Food Services Manager to lead our Kitchen Team. Based out of the Institute’s field campus in North Cascades National Park, this position supports food services at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, which serves up to 80 children and/or adults per day on a five to seven-day-a-week schedule. This position works closely with many Institute staff, partners and contractors to support a wide array of educational programs. This includes the Foodshed Project, the Institute’s initiative to incorporate local, organic products in the operation of the Learning Center.

Work Environment
• Willingness to commute to and work in a remote National Park including experiencing snow-covered roads, avalanches, wildfire, smoke, wild animals, and flooding.
• This job operates in an indoor kitchen environment. This role routinely uses standard kitchen equipment such as stoves, freezers, dishwashers, knives, etc.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.
• The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
• This position requires the ability to often lift kitchen products and supplies, up to 50 pounds.

This is a regular, full-time (40 hours per week), exempt position. Wage is $55,000-$60,000 annually, DOE. Benefits include paid time off, holiday pay, health insurance, long and short-term disability and life insurance, tax deferred annuity and contribution retirement plan, and a yearly stipend to participate in Institute  programs. Shared staff rental housing may be available at $150-300 per month. Pets and smoking are not allowed in housing or on campus.

Start Date 
As soon as possible

Tagged as: Cooks and Food Service, Full Time


• Enthusiasm for and experience with “Foodshed” principals and the “Slow Food” movement.
• At least five years’ culinary experience, which includes kitchen management, recipe development, budgetary oversight and supervision.
• Enthusiasm for the mission of North Cascades Institute.
• Basic first aid training.
• High level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation.

Required Skills:

• Ability to comply with a smoke- and drug-free work environment.
• Ability to lift 50 pounds consistently.
• A high level of computer skills including Microsoft Office.
• Ability to motivate staff and foster a positive calm workplace environment.
• Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks with exemplary time management and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to very accurately track the many details of Institute programs.

Preferred Skills:

• Previous food service experience at other residential learning centers, camps, schools or similar facilities.
• Professional food service experience in an institutional setting, preparing diverse, health-conscious meals for children and adult groups, including foods that incorporate fresh, local and/or organic ingredients.
• Fluency in multiple languages, Spanish preference.

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  Position will remain open until filled. To Apply Please apply online on our website: https://ncascades.org/jobs Complete the online application and upload a resume and a cover letter pertinent to this position.