Based out of the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center in North Cascades National Park, the Program Instructor position functions as a member of the North Cascades Institute’s program instructional team. This position primarily supports Adult and Family programs. The ideal candidate is a creative, energetic, professional, motivated, cooperative team player willing to have fun. They possess a strong work ethic and flexible attitude with motivation to grow professionally as an instructor and as a key staff member of a mission-driven organization.

There are 5 Adult and Family Program Instructor positions available. There is a possibility of fall employment with North Cascades Institute Mountain School programs based on interest, experience, and need. Program Instructors should expect to work five days (approximately 40 hours) each week, some of which may include evenings, weekends, and holidays. It is possible to work less than 40 hours due to Covid program restrictions.

This is a temporary/seasonal, full-time, non-exempt position, eligible for overtime pay. The wage is $15.50-15.75 per hour. Benefits include sick leave and holiday pay.

Housing may be provided for the duration of the position for $300/month for a private room. Housing is either at the Environmental Learning Center or in the neighboring town of Marblemount. Meals are provided when programs are in session; otherwise, staff are responsible for providing their own food. Program Instructors are responsible for their own health insurance. Given the remote location, personal transportation is required. Pets and smoking are not allowed in housing, during programs, or on the Institute’s campus.

June 6, 2022

June 6 – September 5, 2022

Tagged as: Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


• Current Wilderness First Responder (preferred) or Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification upon date of hire
• Must be 18 years of age or older at the start of employment to apply
• 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
Fluency in multiple languages, Spanish preference

Required Skills:

• Enthusiasm for learning and teaching about the natural world
• Previous experience in instructional roles
• Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds
• Ability to talk and instruct while hiking over uneven terrain
• Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends
• Ability to work and live in a small, rural community
• Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and ages

Preferred Skills:

• Working collaboratively with individuals from different identity groups, including historically excluded groups
• Fluency in multiple languages, Spanish preference
• Leading wilderness programs and associated risk management protocols
• Creating identify-safe learning environments
• Inquiry-based teaching and learning
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in related field
• Knowledge of basic scientific principles and how to teach them
• Knowledge of the North Cascades natural and cultural history

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. Positions will remain open until filled. HOW TO APPLY - Please apply online on our website at: https://ncascades.org/jobs. Complete the online application and upload a cover letter and resume.