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About North Cascades Institute

Founded in 1986, North Cascades Institute (NCI) is the Northwest’s leader in field-based environmental education. Focusing on natural and cultural history, its mission is to conserve and restore Northwest environments through education. The organization teaches students of all ages and encourages hands-on discovery, believing that people need intimate, informed contact with the natural world. NCI teaches natural and cultural history, science, humanities and the arts, emphasizing wilderness, watersheds and biological diversity as unifying themes.

Interns participate in a comprehensive week-long training program in natural history, environmental education teaching methods and positive discipline. Afterwards, they lead elementary and middle school children in daily field classes, including hike-based and evening activities, implementing the Mountain School curriculum, and assisting with other tasks that are involved in the operation and maintenance of an outdoor environmental education program.


NCI seeks motivated interns interested in environmental education. Previous experience is not required, though it is an asset. Knowledge of, or an interest in, learning about the regional ecology is a must. Current first aid and CPR certification is required. Applicants should be at least 18 years of age.

North Cascades Institute

Internship Coordinator
North Cascades Institute
North Cascades Institute
810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Phone: (360) 856-5700


Number of Interns: Less than 10
Compensation/Benefits: Unpaid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: High School Students, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Seattle, WA