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 managing NCI’s overnight school programs. We expect the Mountain School Manager to build upon our strong reputation as a leading place-based educational institution with broad regional and national reach.

Candidates must have a strong connection to, and passion for, the Institute’s mission to inspire environmental stewardship through transformative learning experiences in nature. The ideal candidate is a creative, energetic, professional, cooperative team player. They must possess a strong work ethic with motivation to grow professionally as a key staff member of a mission-driven organization.

Supervised by the Program Director, this position works closely with Institute staff, partners and contractors to support a wide array of youth, family, and adult educational programs. 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.

Position Location
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 approximately 24 miles from a gas station and private housing and 40 miles from the nearest grocery store.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Full Time, Teaching/Education


● Demonstrated ability to coach and motivate staff & foster a positive, inclusive workplace environment.
● 2 years of experience in environmental or place-based education.
● 2 years of experience supervising adults.
● 2 years of experience working with school aged children.
● Ability to accommodate a varied work schedule including evenings, nights, & weekends.
● Ability to work overnight supervision shifts, on average once a week.
● Current Wilderness First Responder certification or higher

Required Skills:

● Ability to comply with a smoke- and drug-free work environment.
● Ability to travel over uneven terrain.
● Criminal history disclosure form and background check will be required.
● Willingness to commute to and work in a remote National Park including experiencing snow/ice covered roads, avalanches, wildfire, smoke, wild animals, and flooding.

Preferred Skills:

● Masters or Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Education, Education, Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology or related field.
● Residential learning centers, camps, schools or similar facilities.
● Teaching interdisciplinary natural and cultural history.
● Partnerships, particularly agencies and/or higher education.
● Leading and teaching in place-based, field and backcountry settings.
● Environmental education with urban or tribal communities
● 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

Please apply online on our website at: http://ncascades.atsondemand.com/ Complete the online application and upload a resume and a cover letter.