NORTH CASCADES INSTITUTE
Environmental Education Internship
Title: Mt. Baker Snow School Education Internship
Supervised by: School Day Programs Coordinator
Term: Winter Quarter: January—Mid-March 2019
North Cascades Institute, in collaboration with the Mt. Baker Ski Area, is seeking interns with the Mt. Baker Snow School program. Mt. Baker Snow School combines hands-on science education with snowshoe-powered outdoor exploration for middle school students at the Mt. Baker Ski Area. During a one-day field trip, students investigate and learn about winter ecology, snow science, watersheds, mountain safety and public lands.
Snow School interns will work under close supervision by the School Day Programs Coordinator. Primary duties will include facilitating a positive outdoor experience for small groups of youth and teaching applied science in the winter mountain environment. Interns will receive training in program curriculum and logistics
and will have continuous support from the supervisor who will observe, advise and assist as needed.
This is an unpaid internship and is a part-time position. Interns should expect to teach 2 field days per week
(Wednesdays and Fridays) for the entire Snow School season. Interns are required to attend Snow School training January 12 -13. Interns are responsible for providing their own food, housing, health insurance and transportation (carpooling may be available). It is the responsibility of the intern to complete paperwork with
his or her university necessary to receive credit for the experience.
● Enthusiasm for engaging youth in environmental education in an outdoor winter setting
● Attend Snow School training Saturday, January 12 at Mt. Baker Ski Area office and Sunday, January 13
at Mt. Baker Ski Area
● Ability to teach all sessions during the Snow School season
● Familiarity with the winter alpine environment and physically able to work in all weather conditions
● Ability to hike and snowshoe for 2 miles in uneven, snowy terrain while carrying a 10 lb pack
● Excellent organization and communication skills
● Ability to use independent judgment to ensure safety of program participants
● Ability to practice and enforce policy and safety practices as trained
● Reliable, independent worker and team player
● Reliable transportation to and from the carpooling site
● Must be 18 years of age or older at the start of the internship
● Acceptable background screening and criminal history check
● Some coursework in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Education, Biology or related field
● CPR/First Aid Certification or advanced certification (Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder)
● Experience working with youth
Teaching (80%): Instruct and guide groups of students at Mt. Baker Snow School. Ensure safety and well-being of program participants. All teaching will be under the close supervision of Institute staff. Administration and operations (10%): Attend weekly Snow School meetings; set-up and take-down for the
Snow School program; assist with the maintenance of program supplies, equipment and facilities. Assist with other duties as required.
Training and Evaluation (10%): Attend Snow School training, end-of-season debriefs and exit interview; participate in instructor observations and feedback. Training will include group facilitation techniques, risk management, mountain safety, natural/cultural history lessons and program logistics. If gaining academic
credit, complete a written, in-depth reflection and personal evaluation paper at end of internship.
Professional Development Opportunity:
● Receive professional development through mentorship of professional teaching staff
● Gain teaching experience working directly with middle school students
● Promote a healthy, active lifestyle through winter recreation by teaching students outdoors at the Mt. Baker Ski Area
● Receive approximately 200 hours towards academic credit
November 21, 2018. Additional applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Please send a letter of interest, resume and the names of three references with current contact information to
Recruiting and retaining diverse staf ing is a high priority at North Cascades Institute. The Institute does not
discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and
expression, military or marital status, age, sensory, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any
other basis prohibited by law in any of its policies or programs
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