North Cascades Institute is seeking a dynamic, energetic leader to be its new Mountain School Manager. Working from the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake in the heart of North Cascades National Park, the Mountain School Manager is responsible for leading NCI’s school age programs. The Mountain School Manager will build upon our strong reputation as a place-based educational institution with broad regional and national reach.

Candidates must have a strong connection to the Institute’s mission to inspire environmental stewardship through transformative learning experiences in nature. The ideal candidate is collaborative, transformational leader, with strong program management skills and a passion for creating and coaching great teams. They understand the power of connection, community and place. They possess a strong work ethic with motivation to grow professionally as a key team member of a mission-driven organization.

Supervised by the Program Director, this position works closely with their Mountain School team, other Institute staff, partners and contractors, to support a wide array of youth, family, and adult educational programs that occur at the Learning Center. The Institute continually 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.

The work location for the Mountain School Manager is at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center located in the heart of the North Cascades National Park near Diablo, WA. This region of North America has been inhabited by native tribes for over 9,000 years and continues to be a meaningful location for thousands of visitors each year. Opened in 2005, the Learning Center is a collaboration between North Cascades Institute, the National Park Service, and Seattle City Light, the public utility that owns and operates the hydroelectric project that includes Diablo Lake and provides electricity to the residents of Seattle. The Learning Center is in a remote location, 22 miles from basic amenities, and 60 miles from a city.

Wage range is $20.00-$21.50/hour, depending on experience. This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position, eligible for overtime in busy seasons. We offer a competitive compensation package; benefits include paid time-off, medical/dental insurance, short and long-term disability, tax-deferred annuity and defined contribution retirement plans. Institute housing may be available for rent. Pets and smoking are not allowed on-site at the Learning Center or at field programs. Staff housing may be available and one unit does allow pets.

Ideal start date is April 1, 2022.

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


• Ability to work overnight supervision shifts on average once a week, during peak program seasons.
• Willingness to commute to and work in a remote National Park including experiencing snow/ice covered roads, avalanches, wildfire, smoke, wild animals, and flooding.
• 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 ability to coach and motivate staff and foster a positive, inclusive workplace.
• At least two years of experience in environmental or place-based education.
• At least two years of experience supervising adults.
• At least two years of experience working with school aged children.
• Ability to accommodate a varied work schedule including evenings, nights, and weekends.
• Current Wilderness First Responder certification or higher, or ability to obtain upon hire.

Preferred Skills:

• Masters or Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Education, Education, Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, Humanities, Social Science or a related field.
• Residential learning centers, camps, schools or similar facilities.
• Teaching interdisciplinary natural and cultural history, science. BEETLES curriculum.
• Partnerships, particularly government agencies, non-profits, and/or higher education.
• Leading and teaching in place-based, field and backcountry settings.

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