The Sous Chef provides leadership within the kitchen environment, supports the Chef/Manager 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 Chef/Manager to other kitchen staff during work shifts and assists in training and directing kitchen staff during the peak season. This person collaborates frequently with the Chef/Manager to shape the kitchen environment and to offer suggestions for improving daily operations. The Sous Chef also assists in developing and implementing the Foodshed Program, the Institute’s initiative to incorporate local, organic products in the operation of the Learning Center.

July 25, 2022 – August 7, 2022

This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position subject to a possible winter furlough (unpaid) of one to two months. The pay rate is $19.00 to $21.00 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience. We offer a competitive compensation package; benefits include paid time-off, medical/dental insurance, long and short-term disability insurance, tax-deferred annuity and contribution retirement plan, and a yearly stipend to participate in Institute programs. Rental housing may be available. Pets and smoking are not allowed in housing, during programs, or on the Institute’s campus.

• Willingness to commute to and work in a remote National Park including experiencing snow-covered roads, avalanches, wildfire, smoke, wild animals, and flooding.
• This job operates in an indoor kitchen environment. This role routinely uses standard kitchen equipment such as stoves, freezers, dishwashers, knives, etc.

• Seeks to recruit, hire and support a diverse workforce.
• Support programs that are welcoming to and supportive of a diverse audience.
• Supports and actively contributes to the Institute’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives.
• Support equity initiatives at North Cascades Institute and actively contributes as a community of belonging that is welcoming and accessible to everyone. Develop a personal equity, diversity, and inclusion related goal(s) and track progress towards your goal(s) with your supervisor.

Tagged as: Cooks and Food Service, Full Time


• At least 2-3 years of professional food service experience that includes the following: catering and/or institutional style of food preparation; maintaining cleanliness and function of foodservice facilities and equipment; placing food orders and maintaining inventory.
• Minimum 1 year experience supervising staff in a restaurant or institutional food service setting.
• Valid Washington State Food Handlers Permit.
• Valid driver’s license and driving record 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 and improvement in areas identified by Chef/Manager.
• Ability to interact with a diverse clientele including school children.
• Ability to lift 50 pounds occasionally and walk over uneven terrain.

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.
• Current certification in 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

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled. TO APPLY: Please apply online on our website: https://ncascades.org/jobs. Complete the online application and upload a cover letter and resume.