The Learning Center Program Instructor will be based at the Environmental Learning Center for the summer and will gain experience planning, teaching, and revising a variety of educational programs to further the mission of the Institute, including Base Camp, Public Programs, Adult Seminars, Family Getaways, Conferences and Retreats and special events. This position has a focus on the delivery of Base Camp. The Base Camp Instructor is responsible for planning their program content, contributing to the planning documents, carrying out programs safely, and communicating with the program coordinator.

This temporary/seasonal, full time, non-exempt position starts on June 7, 2021 and ends September 6, 2021. Instructors should expect to work approximately 40 hours each week, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. It is possible to work less than 40 hours due to Covid restrictions. This non-exempt position is eligible for overtime pay. There is also some flexibility in responsibilities based upon individual skills, interests, and medical certifications.

This is a temporary/seasonal, full-time, non-exempt position, eligible for overtime pay. The wage is $14.25 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 arrangements are required. Smoking is not allowed in housing, during programs, or on the Institute’s campus. Pets are not allowed on the Institute’s campus.

June 7, 2021

June 7 – September 6, 2021

RESPONSIBILITIES are based on public health and safety guidelines
• Support equity initiatives at North Cascades Institute and actively contribute to NCI as a community of belonging that is welcoming and accessible to everyone. Develop a personal equity, diversity, and inclusion related goal(s) and track progress towards your goal(s) with your supervisor.
• Develop and implement curriculum for Base Camp and public programs. Topics may include: Natural and cultural history, nature art, map and compass navigation, aquatic ecology, sound mapping, and other topics.
• Assist with schedules and logistics for Base Camp and Public Programs using Google apps, and potentially distributing and collecting evaluations, updating NCI Flicker account, attending staff debrief and participant follow up.
• Create a physically and emotionally safe learning environment for participants.
• Ensure all materials, classrooms, vehicles and equipment needed for programs are signed out.
• Gather photos, quotes, and stories of participants for use by the Development and Marketing Department.

Tagged as: Teaching/Education


• 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 driving history check
• Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification or above upon date of hire; Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or above is preferred.
• Must be 18 years of age or older at the start of employment to apply

Required Skills:

• Passion for the Institute’s mission to conserve and restore Northwest environments through education
• Culturally appropriate approach to working with diverse participants and coworkers.
• Passion for adult experiential education
• Experience teaching both youth and adults in various capacities; in the field, classroom, canoe or on the trail
• Exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to work independently and make decisions when necessary

Preferred Skills:

● Experience working or living in communities that are historically underrepresented in the field of environmental education
● Experience living in a small, tight-knit, rural community
● Demonstrated commitment to equity work and culturally relevant institutional change
● Ability to teach and model culturally responsive skills and practices
● Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification
● Fluency in multiple languages, Spanish preference

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 April 15, 2021 To APPLY Please apply online on our website at: http://ncascades.atsondemand.com/ Complete the online application and upload a cover letter and resume. North Cascades Institute is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourages applications from candidates who are persons of color. We believe that having a diverse staff that reflects the communities we serve is essential to providing culturally inclusive programs.