North Cascades Institute seeks a qualified, enthusiastic professional cook to join our Kitchen Team. The Lead Cook supports the Head Chef and plays a creative role in shaping kitchen operations at North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. The Learning Center is located on Diablo Lake in the North Cascades National Park, 60 miles east of Sedro Woolley Washington on State Highway 20 (North Cascades Highway). This role oversees other kitchen staff during work shifts and assists in training and directing seasonal staff during the peak season. This person collaborates frequently with the Sous Chef and Head Chef to shape the kitchen environment and to offer suggestions for improving daily operations. The Lead Cook also helps to implement the Foodshed Program, the Institute’s initiative to incorporate local, organic products in the operation of the Learning Center kitchen.

February 1, 2022 (or a soon as January 16, 2022)

This is a regular, full-time non-exempt position subject to furlough. Wage is $17.00 to $18.00 per hour, DOE. Scheduled hours will be 32-40 hours per week. 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 $300.00 per month. Pets and smoking are not allowed in housing or on campus.

Tagged as: Cooks and Food Service, Full Time


• At least 3 years of professional food service experience that includes the following: (1Catering and or institutional style food preparation. (2) Maintaining cleanliness and functionality of food service facilities and equipment (3) Place food orders and maintaining inventory
• 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

Required Skills:

• Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks with exemplary time management and problem-solving skills
• Ability to interact with a diverse clientele including school children
• Ability to lift 50 pounds

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
• Washington State food handler’s permit
• Valid driver’s license and driving record check

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 Open until filled. TO APPLY Please apply online on our website: http://ncascades.atsondemand.com/ Complete the online application and upload a cover letter and resume.