This position teaches, leads and supports youth, adult, and family programs at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) for a ten month period, from mid-February 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. There are multiple Instructor positions available.

COMPENSATION AND VALUE (updated 1/12/23)
Pay rate is $16.50 – $16.75/hour. This is a temporary/seasonal, full-time, nonexempt position. 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.

Bonus – North Cascades Institute is pleased to offer a Recruitment Incentive Bonuses to new employees in the Environmental Program Instructor position. An employee who successfully completes work from February 13, 2023 through March 15, 2023 will earn a $1,000 sign on bonus.

Seasonal 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 – 9 holidays total between February 13-December 14, 2023
• Paid Service Days – 2 days total (16 hours)
• Wilderness First Aid Certification provided by the Institute

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.

February 13, 2023

February 13 – December 14, 2023.
During Mountain School seasons, work schedules may be reduced for spring break (April), Thanksgiving (November), and the end of the season (December).

Tagged as: Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, 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. If needed, the Institute will provide training at no cost, prior to employment.

Preferred Skills:

● Experience teaching and/or leading elementary and middle school youth, as well as working with teachers and parent chaperones
● Experience creating, leading and instructing programs for adult learners
● Experience developing and delivering interpretive programs in park settings
● Experience employing different teaching methods and styles to accommodate different audiences and learning styles
● Experience managing risk in remote settings
● Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in related field

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 Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. To Apply Please apply online on our website at: http://ncascades.org/epi. Complete the online application and upload a resume and a cover letter. When available, a complete, detailed Job Description with the details can be viewed here: http://ncascades.org/epi