North Cascades Institute (NCI) seeks an Operations Assistant (OA) to be an integral part of our Operations Team. In this role, the Operations Assistant works in the Housekeeping and Kitchen departments to help maintain operations. The ideal candidate is someone who is excited about the opportunity to gain experience in both departments. While housekeeping, this position will assist in maintaining our high quality cleanliness standards of our beautiful and earth-friendly facilities and premises and while in the kitchen they will work in key roles of dining operations. This position is based out of the Institute’s field campus in North Cascades National Park at the Institute’s Environmental Learning Center (ELC). The jobsite is in a remote National Park which can experience snow-covered roads, avalanches, wildfire, smoke, wild animals, and flooding. This is a seasonal, full time position supervised by the Operations Manager for housekeeping operations and the Food Service Supervisor for kitchen operations.

This is a seasonal, full-time, non-exempt position. This is a split wage position, with the job scheduled as assigned. For Housekeeping duties, the pay rate is $18.00-$19.00 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience. For Cook duties, the pay rate is $20.00 – $22.00 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience. This position is subject to a $1 increase for utilizing non-NCI housing. The job location for this position is at the Environmental Learning Center.

BENEFITS include the following:
● Paid holidays: 8 days
● Sick leave: ~8 hours per month
● Vacation leave: 4 days
● Service Days: 2 days per year
● Ability to participate in Institute pro deals
● Yearly stipend to participate in Institute programs.
Benefits are prorated for employees working less than 40 hours per week. Employees are responsible for their own health insurance.

This is a bargaining unit position represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District Lodge 751. All terms and conditions of employment are subject to change in accordance with a collective bargaining agreement.

Subsidized housing available. Private rooms in shared houses are often available. In some cases, roommates in shared rooms may be required.

February 20 – December 15, 2024

Tagged as: Conservation, Cooks and Food Service, Full Time


● Experience working as a housekeeper or similar position.
● One year or more professional food service experience or equivalent.
● Strong prioritization and time management skills.
● Ability to accommodate a varied work schedule including longer days, evenings, weekends and holidays.
● Reliable transportation to and from work.

Required Skills:

● Ability to work with little supervision and maintain a high level of performance
● Ability to model safe work habits and follow risk management practices.
● Ability to work with diverse or underrepresented populations.

Preferred Skills:

● Previous housekeeping experience at other residential learning centers, camps, schools or similar facilities.
● Recycling, composting and waste handling experience.
● Experience using cleaning chemicals and following MSDS standards.
● Previous food service experience at other residential learning centers, camps, schools or similar facilities.
● Recycling, composting and waste handling experience.
● 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 at: https://ncascades.org/jobs Complete the online application and upload a cover letter and resume.