This position coordinates education programs at the Environmental Learning Center. Program Coordinators provide leadership for Institute programs, supervise Program Instructors at the Learning Center, and offer instructional support as necessary. This position will coordinate the logistics and delivery of the Mountain School program during the school year, and Family Getaways during the summer. They may also support other Learning Center programs from time to time. A successful candidate may hail from a variety of professional backgrounds but loves teaching, being outdoors, and is inspired to work with children.

Position Location and Description
The work location for the Program Coordinator is at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center (ELC) located in the heart of the North Cascades National Park on the shore of Diablo Lake. Mountain School takes place from February to the beginning of June. Family Getaways and other programs (see below) proceed from June to early September. Mountain School resumes in September and continues to mid-December.

This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position subject to a winter furlough (unpaid) of one month.
● The pay rate is $18-$19 per hour, depending on experience and training.
● Overtime pay is 1.5x base pay and will occasionally be required.
● Most weeks, coordinators will work 40 hours. Some weeks, especially around season transitions and school holidays, will have lighter hours.

Benefits include:
● Paid holidays: 12 days per year
● Sick leave: ~8 hours accrued per month
● Vacation leave: 10 days accrued in first year, with increasing days in successive years
● Service days: 2 days
● $300 annual stipend to participate in Institute programs
● Ability to participate in Institute pro deals
● Medical/dental insurance, long and short-term disability insurance, and tax-deferred annuity and contribution retirement plan

There are also opportunities for occasional attendance/participation at conferences or other professional development opportunities.

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

Key Dates
Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible
Anticipated Furlough: December 16, 2024 – January 15, 2025

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Conservation, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Support Staff, Teaching/Education


● Experience working successfully in teams
● Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification, or higher
● Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and ages
● Ability to communicate kindly, clearly, and productively via email, in person, and over the phone
● Strong customer service skills
● Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
● Ability to work and live in a small, rural community

Required Skills:

Final offer of employment is 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 check. Valid driver’s license and driving record check must have no more than one moving violation in the past three years, no DUI, reckless driving or serious moving violations, etc.

Preferred Skills:

● A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in related field
● Experience working or living in communities that are historically marginalized or underrepresented in the field of environmental education
● Experience working at residential learning centers, camps, schools, or similar facilities
● Previous supervisory experience
● Possession of current driver’s license; acceptable driving record for past 3 years
● 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

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 resume and a cover letter.