North Cascades Institute seeks a qualified, enthusiastic professional to become a member of our Operations team at the Environmental Learning Center. Based at the Institute’s campus in the North Cascades National Park on Diablo Lake, this position assists with facilities for the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, which may serve up to 92 children and/or adults per day on a seven-day-a-week schedule, up to ten months a year. Supervised by the Facilities Manager, this position works closely with all other staff, partners and contractors to support a wide array of educational programs.

This is a seasonal/temporary, full-time, non-exempt position. The wage is $17.00 per hour. Seasonal benefits include the following:
• Sick Leave – 8 hours per month
• Holiday Pay – 4 holidays between May 15 – September 15, 2023
• Paid Service Days – 2 days total (16 hours)
Benefits are prorated for employees working less than 40 hours per week.

Good quality housing is available through the Institute for $350/month, considerably below market rates. Private rooms in shared houses are sometimes available, but not guaranteed. In some cases, roommates in shared rooms may be required, at $175/month. The Institute has housing available in Marblemount or at the Learning Center on Diablo Lake. Pets are not allowed in the Institute’s campus housing, but a few rooms in a Marblemount house allow for pets. Smoking is not allowed in housing, during programs, or on the Institute’s campus.

May 15, 2023

May 15, 2023 – September 15, 2023.
There is a possibility of returning to the position each year based on interest, experience, and program need.

Repair and Maintenance
• Assist with prescribed major maintenance.
• Perform maintenance and repairs on buildings, equipment and furnishings as needed.
• Perform minor maintenance and repairs on company vehicles.
• Assist with renovation, remodel and construction projects as assigned.
• Maintain an orderly maintenance shop. Stock appropriate spare parts and tools.
• Works directly with contractors SCL and Park Service when on site.

Administrative Tasks
• Maintain inventory of equipment, supplies and parts as assigned.
• Contribute to maintenance log keeping, such as the green slip system and major maintenance hours and general service logs.
• Research solutions to maintenance issues as assigned.
• Orders materials and supplies as requested.

Grounds and Restoration
• Perform routine grounds keeping (removing weeds, fallen debris from trails, and snow.
• Maintain recycling and composting materials.

• Cleans, sweeps/vacuums and mops office, classrooms, participant lodges and dining hall.
• Cleans and restocks restrooms in the office, classroom area, dining hall and participant lodges.
• Gathers, washes, folds and distributes laundry for participant lodges and other accommodations as assigned.
• Cleans Institute vehicles as assigned.

Tagged as: Full Time, Support Staff


• Minimum 2 years of work experience in general facilities maintenance.
• Ability to comply with a smoke- and drug-free work environment.
• Ability to work and walk over uneven terrain.
• Ability to lift 50 pounds and walk over uneven terrain.
• Ability to model safe work habits and follow risk management practices.
• Willing to work outdoors in all weather.

Required Skills:

• Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks with exemplary time management skill and strong attention to detail.
• Uses and maintains equipment properly as trained.
• Self-motivated and able to work both independently and collaboratively within a team environment.
• Recycling, composting and waste handling and snow removal experience.
• Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and time management skills.
• Working knowledge of electrical, plumbing, carpentry and light metal fabrication.

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.