Assistant Program Instructor: North Cascades Institute — Application closing 4/30/18

Job position / title: Assistant Program Instructor

Name of business / employer: North Cascades Institute
North Cascades Institute is seeking motivated candidates to be summer Assistant Program Instructors at its Environmental Learning Center (ELC), located on the shores of Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park. Primary duties will include shadowing and co-teaching natural history educational programs for youth and adults, assisting with Learning Center operations, and participating in Institute events, staff meetings, and program debriefs. The Assistant Program Instructor will work under the supervision of program staff and graduate students. This position is designed to provide job training as well as the practical application of learned skills. Assistant Program Instructors will receive continuous support from supervisors and mentors who will observe, advise, and assist as needed. The goal is to provide a system of training, support, and experience to help Assistant Program Instructors along their career paths towards a career in environmental education, conservation, or related fields.
This is a paid, full-time, seasonal position starting June 12, 2018 and ending September 3, 2018. Assistant Program Instructors should expect to work five days (approximately 40 hours) each week, some of which may include evenings, weekends, and holidays. There is some flexibility with scheduling – including end dates. There is also some flexibility in responsibilities based upon individual skills, interests, and medical certifications.
– Teaching and Program Development (75%):
Shadow and teach lessons and activities for ELC programs such as Family Getaways, Base Camp, Skagit Tours and Adult Programs. Work with a mentor to develop and evaluate teaching methods. Assist with creation and maintenance of educational programming and materials. Assist with program support for Youth Leadership Adventures. Perform other duties as assigned.
– Training and Evaluation (15%):
Attend training prior to working with ELC programs. Training will be specific to position and will include such topics as group facilitation techniques, risk management, natural and cultural history, and program logistics. Attend weekly check-ins with supervisor and/or mentor, end-of-season debriefs, and exit interview. Participate in peer observations and feedback.
– Administrative and Operations (10%):
Assist with facility operations and gear maintenance while under the supervision of staff; attend weekly meetings and participate in hands-to-work. Support programs in the field and assist with program setup and cleanup.
Adult Seminar: classes and field excursions (Year-round)
Since 1986, North Cascades Institute has been providing hands-on learning adventures for adult learners. Classes and field excursions explore a wide variety of topics including wildlife biology, art, geology, poetry, botany, photography, forest ecology and recreational activities.
Base Camp (Year-round)
Base Camp offers visitors to the North Cascades a flexible, affordable program option. Visitors may choose to stay one or more nights and participate in a variety of guided activities or choose their own adventure.

Successful candidates will have a commitment to the mission of North Cascades Institute and the organization’s effort to promote diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the Institute’s culture, work and partnering relationships to ensure that the Institute and its programs are welcoming, relevant and accessible.
• Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and ages
• Ability to feel confident working in an outdoor educational environment
• Enthusiasm for learning and teaching about the natural world
• Willingness to live in a remote area
• Ability to lift and carry 30 pounds
• Ability to talk and instruct while backpacking and hiking over uneven terrain
• CPR/First Aid Certification (more advanced certifications preferred)
• Must be 18 years of age or older at the start of employment to apply
• 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 a driving history check
• Demonstrated commitment to equity work and culturally relevant institutional change
• Ability to teach and model culturally responsive skills and practices
• Experience on a Youth Leadership Adventures ( trip or similar outdoor youth leadership program
• Completed an internship in outdoor/environmental education or have at least one season of experience teaching or leading in this field
• Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder and CPR Certification
o NCI can support Assistant Program Instructors in attending a Wilderness First Aid training (2-day course) in/near Seattle in May or June.
• Experience living in a small, tight-knit, rural community
• Some coursework or experience in environmental/outdoor education or environmental science

Person or department to contact: Cindy Lee
Business address: 810 State Route 20, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

Phone: 360.854.2654
Please apply online on our website at:
Complete the online application and upload a cover letter and resume.
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