This position teaches, leads and supports youth, adult, and family programs at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) for a 6.5 month period, from June 5 to mid-December. A successful candidate may hail from a variety of professional backgrounds, but loves teaching and being outdoors. They are inspired to share different ways of knowing, engaging science, art, play, creativity, relationship and nature connection, with both children and adults. They are energetic, professional, motivated, and a cooperative team player willing to work hard, have fun, and make a difference. They possess a strong motivation to empower their career, learn and grow professionally as an instructor and as a key staff member of a mission-driven organization.

Pay rate is $16.50/hour. This is a temporary/seasonal, full-time, non-exempt position. Benefits include the following:
● Paid Sick Leave – 8 hours per month (prorated for employees working less than 40 hours per week).
● Paid Vacation – 4 days total (32 hours) for seasonal positions with a job duration of 6 months
● Holiday Pay – 7 holidays total between June 5-December 14, 2023.
● Service Days – 2 days total (16 hours).

The typical work week ranges from 32-40 hours. Some weeks overtime will be available, overtime pay is 1.5x base pay and could occasionally be required.

The Backcountry leadership adventure track positions will be a separate application that occurs in April. Compensation is similar but the details of time and rate are structured differently due to the nature of the position. When available, the full job description can be viewed here: http://ncascades.org/epi.

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. Smoking is not allowed in housing, during programs, or on the Institute’s campus. Pets are not allowed in the Institute’s campus housing, but a few rooms in one of our Marblemount houses allow for pets.

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. If a candidate will drive for the Institute they must have a valid driver’s license and driving record check with no more than one moving violation in the past three years, no DUI, reckless driving or serious moving violations.

June 5, 2023

June 5 – December 14, 2023.

Tagged as: Conservation, Full Time, Teaching/Education


● Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and ages
● Enthusiasm for learning and teaching about the natural world
● Previous experience, professional or volunteer, in teaching roles, group leadership and facilitation
● Successful applicants will be required to have a minimum of Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification by the start of employment; valid through the entire term of employment.

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. To Apply: Please apply online on our website at www.ncascades.org/epi. Complete the online application and upload a resume and a cover letter.