The Sous Chef provides leadership within the kitchen environment, supports the Head Chef and plays a key role in maintaining the exceptional standard of meal service that the Environmental Learning Center is known for. This role models professionalism and standards established by the Head Chef to other kitchen staff during work shifts and assists in training and directing seasonal staff during the peak season. This person collaborates frequently with the Head Chef to shape the kitchen environment and to offer suggestions for improving daily operations. The Sous Chef also implements the Foodshed Program, the Institute’s initiative to incorporate local, organic products in the operation of the Learning Center.

Tagged as: Cooks and Food Service, Full Time


● At least four years of professional food service experience
● Ability to lift 50 lbs
● 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
● 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 check

Required Skills:

● Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks with exemplary time management and problem-solving skills.
● Ability to receive respectful critical feedback with willingness to make efforts towards growth in areas identified by Head Chef as needing improvement.
● Ability to interact with a diverse clientele including school children.

Preferred Skills:

● Previous food service experience at other residential learning centers, camps, schools or similar facilities
● Interest in organic, local, and slow food
● Recycling, composting and waste handling experience
● Previous experience preparing diverse, health-conscious meals for children and adult groups (up to 80 at a time), including foods that incorporate fresh, local and/or organic ingredients
● Washington State food handler’s permit
● Current certification in first aid, CPR, or as a WFR

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 Open until filled TO APPLY Please apply online on our website: http://ncascades.atsondemand.com/ Complete the online application and upload a cover letter and resume.