This position primarily supports the Mountain School program in the fall and spring, and can continue into other programs areas in the summer. A successful candidate may hail from a variety of professional backgrounds, but loves teaching and being outdoors, is inspired to work with children and is passionate about different ways of knowing including science, art, play, creativity and nature connection. 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 grow professionally as an instructor and as a key staff member of a mission-driven organization.
Compensation and Duration
Pay range is $14.25-$14.75 per hour depending on experience and benefits include sick leave and holiday pay. Successful applicants to this position can choose to serve in various roles at different seasons of the year. At a minimum, a Mountain School Instructor would work from September to early December. By mutual agreement, they can return to work for the spring Mountain School semester from Mid-February to Early June. Following the end of Mountain School in early June, they may continue into other employment opportunities at NCI.
Private rooms in shared houses are usually available, offered for rental at below local housing rates, either in Marblemount or at the Learning Center on Diablo. Good Meals are provided for free 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.
September 8, 2021
September 8, 2021 – Mid-December, 2021
*By mutual agreement, employees in this position can return to work after a winter furlough for the spring 2022 Mountain School semester from Mid-February to Early June. Following the end of Mountain School in early June, they may continue into other employment opportunities at NCI.
● 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
● Successful applicant will be required to obtain either Wilderness First Responder (preferred) or Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification as soon as possible. NCI can support certifications through as cost share provisions, local trainings and other strategies
● Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and ages
● 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
● 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.