North Cascades Institute is seeking candidates who enjoy working in the outdoors and want to contribute to our mission of inspiring environmental stewardship through transformative learning experiences in nature. Youth Leadership Adventures (YLA) Instructors teach and lead teens in a backcountry wilderness leadership program for high school students in the North Cascades. There are 6 Youth Leadership Instructor positions available: 4 positions running June 8th through September 3rd and 2 positions running June 8th through August 5th.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Instruction and Guiding, Mountaineering Skills, Teaching/Education, Water Skills


● One or more season(s) serving as lead instructor on backcountry canoe camping and/or backpacking trips for youth
● Experience mentoring, teaching or leading teens
● Demonstrated ability to evaluate group and individual needs & make appropriate risk management decisions in a backcountry setting
● Commitment or experience to educating with a focus on equity, diversity & inclusion
● Bachelor’s degree (any field) OR 3+ years of relevant professional experience in education or youth mentorship

Required Skills:

● Ability to collaborate and work effectively as part of a small team
● Ability to foster a community where each member feels included and valued
● Ability to lift and carry 50 pound pack, perform physically demanding work for multiple days in a row, backpack, and hike over uneven terrain
● Comfort living and working in a remote, backcountry setting
● Must be available for full seasonal employment period including weekends and extended overnights

Preferred Skills:

● Experience leading groups in service and manual labor projects
● Experience teaching through a social-emotional lens
● Ability to speak multiple languages (preferred Spanish fluency)
● Ability to teach canoeing and water safety skills
● Ability to drive Institute vehicles, including a 14-passenger bus. Training is provided.

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

TO APPLY Please apply online on our website at: http://ncascades.atsondemand.com/ Complete the online application and upload a cover letter and resume.