The Learning Center Program Instructor will be based at the Environmental Learning Center for the summer and will gain experience teaching and assisting with the coordination of a variety of educational programs to further the mission of the Institute, including Family Getaways, Adult Seminars, Base Camp, Conferences and Retreats, Kulshan Creek Mountain School, and special events. This position has a focus on the delivery of Family Getaway programs, which may reach around 40 participants each Getaway. Family Getaways is our intergenerational education program, which operates with the goal of equipping and empowering children, parents, and grandparents to want to learn from nature and get out together.

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. 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 available 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,
● Develop, implement, and assist coordinating the curriculum delivery for Family Getaways and other Learning Center programs. Topics may include: Natural and cultural history, nature art, map and compass navigation, aquatic ecology, sound mapping, and other topics based on instructor’s background, passion and participant interest.
● Work in ELC programs up to five days a week from June 7, 2021 and ending Sept 6, 2021, with weekend work required.
● As needed, assist with coordinating schedules and logistics for Family Getaway, including scheduling activities throughout program, distributing and collecting evaluations, updating Family Getaway Flicker account, and attending staff debriefs
● Create a physically and emotionally safe learning environment for participants

Tagged as: Teaching/Education


● Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification or above upon date of hire; Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is preferred.
● Proven ability to meet deadlines and work effectively with team members.
● Must be 18 years of age or older at the start of employment.
● 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

Required Skills:

● Passion for the Institute’s mission to conserve and restore Northwest environments through education.
● Culturally appropriate and responsive approach to working with diverse participants and coworkers
● Passion for working with families and bridging generational gaps.
● 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
● Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification
● Ability to teach and model culturally responsive skills and practices
● Ability to lead hands-on, inquiry-based lessons that encourage intergenerational learning

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.