The Skagit Tours Instructor will be based at both the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) on Diablo Lake and Skagit Information Center in Newhalem. There are 2 Skagit Tour Instructor positions available.

This summer position has three roles within the Tours program. The primary role is leading one-and-a-half-hour boat tours on Diablo Lake, and a second role is supporting tour staff and ELC operations. These tours provide participants an inside look at the relationship between humans and the landscape of the upper Skagit River. General topics of the boat tour include natural history, hydroelectric projects, early European settlement, and pre-contact life on the landscape. The third role is as a Retail Associate at the Skagit Information Center. The ideal candidate is a creative, energetic, professional, motivated, cooperative team player willing to have fun. They possess a strong work ethic with motivation to grow professionally as an instructional staff member of a mission-driven organization.

This is a seasonal/temporary, full-time, non-exempt position, eligible for overtime pay. The wage is $15.50-15.75/hr. Benefits include sick leave and holiday pay. Skagit Tours Instructors should expect to work five days (approximately 40 hours) each week.

Housing may be available for the duration of the position for $300/month for a private room. Housing may be available for staff either in the town of Newhalem or in the neighboring town of Marblemount. Staff are responsible for providing their own food and are responsible for their own health insurance. Given the remote location, personal transportation is 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 6, 2022

June 6 – September 30, 2022

• The location is remote, in the forested mountains of the North Cascades ecosystem, and is home to many forms of wildlife – flora and fauna that require knowledgeable and responsible cautionary behavior. Employees are required to use appropriate safety equipment and follow standard safety practices.
• Weather can vary from hot and dry to cold, rainy, and snowy. Outerwear can be provided by North Cascades Institute if needed.
• The position requires occasional travel by car to other worksites or meeting places.
• Working hours occasionally include evenings, weekends, and overtime

Tagged as: Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


• Valid driver’s license and driving record check must have no more than one moving violation in the past three years, no DUI, reckless driving or serious moving violations, etc.
• 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
• Ability to lift and carry 30 pounds and to walk up to 4 miles each day

Required Skills:

• Ability to work with people from diverse learning types, backgrounds, cultures, and ages
• Confidence presenting to large groups, using microphone, props, and other materials
• Enthusiasm for learning and teaching about the natural world
• Previous experience in instructional roles
• Good judgment, flexibility and ability to work independently and reliably
• Ability to work with people from diverse learning types, backgrounds, cultures, and ages

Preferred Skills:

• Working collaboratively with individuals from different identity groups, including historically excluded groups
• Developing lesson plans
• Leading wilderness programs and associated risk management protocols
• Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification or above upon date of hire; Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or above is preferred
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience 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 Review of applications will begin immediately. Positions will remain open until filled. TO APPLY Please apply online on our website at: https://ncascades.org/jobs. Complete the online application and upload a cover letter and resume.