The Food Services Supervisor provides leadership within the kitchen environment, supports the Chef/Manager and plays a key role in maintaining the exceptional standard of meal service that the Environmental Learning Center is known for. This role models professionalism and standards established by the Chef/Manager to other kitchen staff during work shifts and assists in training and directing kitchen staff during the peak season. This person collaborates frequently with the Chef/Manager to shape the kitchen environment and to offer suggestions for improving daily operations. The Food Services Supervisor also assists in developing and implementing the Foodshed Program, the Institute’s initiative to incorporate local, organic products in the operation of the Learning Center.

Pay rate is $22.00 – $25.00/hour. This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position subject to a possible winter furlough (unpaid) of one to two months.

BONUS – North Cascades Institute is pleased to offer bonuses for this Food Services Supervisor position. An employee who successfully works for one month of employment from their start date will be eligible for a $500 Sign On Bonus. If the employee works until the end of Fall 2023 programming on December 15, 2023, they will be eligible for a $1500 Season Completion Bonus

We offer a competitive compensation package. Benefits include the following:
• Sick Leave – 8 hours per month
• Vacation Leave – 10 days per year one. Positions with furloughs may accrue less than 10 days
• Holiday Leave – 12 days maximum per year
• Service Days – 2 days per year
• Other paid time-off such as family leave, pregnancy leave, bereavement leave, etc.
• Medical/dental insurance, long and short-term disability insurance, tax-deferred annuity and contribution retirement plan
• Yearly stipend to participate in Institute programs.
Benefits are prorated for employees working less than 40 hours per week.

Good quality housing is available through the Institute for $350/month, considerably below market rates. Private rooms in shared houses are sometimes available, but not guaranteed. In some cases, roommates in shared rooms may be required, at $175/month. The Institute has housing available in Marblemount or at the Learning Center on Diablo Lake. Smoking is not allowed in housing, during programs, or on the Institute’s campus. Pets are not allowed in the Institute’s campus housing, but a few rooms in one of the Marblemount houses allow for pets.

As soon as possible

Tagged as: Cooks and Food Service, Full Time


• At least 2-3 years of professional food service experience that includes the following: catering and/or institutional style of food preparation; maintaining cleanliness and function of foodservice facilities and equipment; placing food orders and maintaining inventory.
• Minimum 1 year experience supervising staff in a restaurant or institutional food service setting.

Required Skills:

• Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks with exemplary time management and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to receive respectful critical feedback with willingness to make efforts towards growth and improvement in areas identified by Chef/Manager.
• Ability to interact with a diverse clientele including school children.
• Ability to lift 50 pounds occasionally and walk over uneven terrain.

Preferred Skills:

• Previous food service experience at other residential learning centers, camps, schools or similar facilities.
• Interest in organic, local, and slow food.
• Recycling, composting and waste handling experience.
• Previous experience preparing diverse, health-conscious meals for children and adult groups (up to 80 at a time), including foods that incorporate fresh, local and/or organic ingredients.
• Current certification in basic first aid.

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

Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will remain open until filled. Please apply online on our website: https://ncascades.org/jobs. Please complete the online application and upload a cover letter and resume.