North Cascades Institute seeks a skilled logistics coordinator, supervisor and educator to join our Youth Leadership team. The Youth Leadership Coordinator’s role is to support the Youth Leadership Manager in implementing the Youth Leadership Adventures (YLA) program. The YLA Coordinator will collaborate with an array of partners, including schools and public land management agencies to plan trip itineraries and recruit participants.

The work location for the Youth Leadership Coordinator is based out of our Sedro Woolley office in the fall, winter and spring (largely remote due to the pandemic) and in-person at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center for the summer. The Learning Center is located in the heart of the North Cascades National Park near Diablo, WA. The Learning Center is approximately 20 miles from the nearest gas station and post office, and 60 miles from towns with full amenities.

This position will require driving institute vehicles. A 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. 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.

Position runs from start date – December 15, 2023. The position has a regular furlough from December 16-31, 2023 and begins again January 1, 2024. Winter, spring work and fall work are typically Monday-Friday during office hours. Summer work is much more varied and may require working early mornings, late nights and weekends while groups are in the field.

This position is a regular, nonexempt (meaning hourly), full-time position at $18/ hour. The Youth Leadership Coordinator will be full time (40 hours/ week) from the start date through October and move to 32 hours/ week November 1- December 15. This position will likely earn overtime pay in the summer months.

We offer a competitive compensation package; benefits include paid time-off, medical/dental insurance, long and short-term disability insurance, life insurance, tax-deferred annuity and contribution retirement plan, and a yearly stipend to participate in Institute programs. Meals are provided when programs are in session; otherwise, staff are responsible for providing their own food.

Shared rental housing is available in Marblemount or at the Diablo Learning Center June-August for this position at no cost. Shared rental housing may be available the rest of the year at $300/month or staff can provide their own housing. Smoking is not allowed in housing, during programs, or on the Institute’s campus. Pets are not allowed on the Institute’s campus.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Full Time, Support Staff, Teaching/Education


• One or more seasons of experience as a supervisor or peer mentor with demonstrated skill in mentorship or coaching.
• One or more seasons of experience leading trips in wilderness, canoe-based, service, and residential/field programs.
• Comfortable working in both office and remote environments that require traveling long distances.
• Current Wilderness First Responder certification (or ability to obtain before June 2023).
• Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. occasionally, carry at least a 50-lb.

Required Skills:

• Demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice in the education and environmental field.
• Knowledge of the climate crisis and interest in teaching youth about climate change.
• Experience teaching or mentoring teens.
• Excellent communication, public speaking, interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills with strong attention to detail.
• Ability to monitor and model safe work habits on overnight backcountry trips. Familiar with backcountry and risk management practices.

Preferred Skills:

• Experience living in and working with communities who are historically underrepresented in the outdoors.
• One or more seasons managing logistics and field support of backcountry programs or operations.
• Experience training and mentoring staff in backcountry leadership, risk management, teaching, and curriculum development.
• Bilingual or multilingual. Spanish language proficiency is preferred.

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 is January 8, 2023. Expected interview dates are January 10 - January 18, 2023. Please apply online on our website at: https://ncascades.org/jobs and complete the online application and upload a cover letter and resume.