Summary of Position
Based out of the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center in North Cascades National Park, the Program Instructor position functions as a professional member of our instructional team. This position primarily supports the Mountain School program in the fall and assists with other Institute programming throughout the 4-month Fall season. The ideal candidate is a creative, energetic, professional, motivated, cooperative team player willing to work hard, have fun and make a difference. They possess a strong motivation to grow professionally as an outdoor education instructor and as a key staff member of a mission-driven organization. There are multiple Mountain School Instructor positions available.
This is a temporary/seasonal, full-time, non-exempt position. The wage is $15.50-$15.75 per hour (depending on experience). Benefits include sick leave and holiday pay.
Shared rental housing may be available for the duration of the position, either at the Learning Center or in the neighboring town of Marblemount. Meals are provided when programs are in session; otherwise, instructors are responsible for providing their own food. Employees are responsible for their own health insurance and transportation (which is strongly encouraged). Smoking is not allowed in housing, during programs, or on the Institute’s campus. Pets are not allowed on the Institute’s campus.
August 23, 2022
August 23 – December 14, 2022
• Enthusiasm for learning and teaching about the natural world
• Previous experience in teaching roles, group leadership and facilitation
• Good judgment, flexibility and ability to work independently and reliably
• Current Wilderness First Aid (minimum) or a more advanced certification (WAFA, WFR, etc.) upon date of hire.
• Final offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check that may include employment history, national criminal background check, nation
• Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and ages
• Ability to lift and carry 30 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
• Working collaboratively with individuals from different identity groups, including historically excluded groups
• Teaching and/or leading elementary and middle school youth, as well as working with teachers and parent chaperones
• Employing different teaching methods and styles to accommodate different audiences and learning styles
• Developing lesson plans
• Leading wilderness programs and associated risk management protocols
• Creating and identifying safe learning environments
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.