Employment at Alderleaf

Alderleaf has been growing every year. We can accept resumes at any time of the year and can keep them on file for when new positions open. Typically the hiring process for instructors takes place in the spring for new positions that start in the summer.

Resident Assistant (RA)

(Currently open and accepting applications!)

We are looking for an outstanding RA! Mentor residents of dormitory-style housing associated with Alderleaf Wilderness College, while living on a beautiful property in the forested foothills east of Monroe, WA. Join the Alderleaf team where we strive to inspire and empower people to be lifelong stewards of the natural world.

The Resident Assistant (RA) is responsible for facilitating a positive intellectual, emotional, and educational living environment which contributes to the personal growth and success of each resident. This position is responsible for the professional day-to-day supervision of the residents at Tualco Housing LLC located at the Stishem House, Alderleaf Farm, and the Tualco River House (which are primarily student housing for Alderleaf Wilderness College students).

Required Qualifications:
-High School Graduate or GED
-Ability to communicate effectively in English
-Be able to physically lift 30 pounds comfortably up and down stairs
-Available most nights, weekends, and holidays
-Exceptional customer service skills
-Exceptional organizational skills
-Be able to comply with all housing rules
-Be a positive role model

Desired Qualifications:
-Prior experience as an RA or property manager
-Mediation training and/or experience

Position Responsibilities and Duties include, but are not limited to:

Resident Support, such as:
Being regularly available for assisting and addressing residents with their concerns, especially during evening hours. Following up on resident concerns and requests for information. 

Community Development, such as:
-Helping to develop and facilitate community events for the residents.
-Conducting periodic house meetings for the purpose of distributing information and explaining house policies and procedures.
-Mediating housemate conflicts as necessary. 

Administrative Duties, such as:
-Responding to resident behavior which violates housing agreements or house rules, and/or expectations, approaching discipline in an educational and developmental manner. Addressing all violations immediately, fairly, and consistently.
-Checking in weekly with the property owners.
-Assisting property owners with room/house showings, walk-throughs, monthly payment reminders to residents, etc. . .

Maintenance Duties, such as:
-Implementing the house cleaning schedule that involves all residents.
-Reporting any security issues to the property owners.
-Performing or coordinating performance of preventative property maintenance to keep the property functioning in good condition such as clearing any debris or snow from entryways, checking lighting in all common areas and replacing bulbs as necessary, etc... 

Live-in: The RA must live in a designated room within the Stishem property house. The designated room rents for $650/month plus utilities (which currently are $74/month). Please review the housing descriptions, sample housing agreement and sample house rules.

Hours: Part-time, variable, averaging approximately 12 hrs per week (approximately 54 hrs per month).

Compensation: $864 per month. Free weekend classes at Alderleaf Wilderness College while employed. Free rent is not included in compensation, however the net pay (when factoring in typical payroll tax deductions) equates to an amount that is approximately equivalent to the room rental cost.

Please email a completed employment questionnaire, resume, and cover letter to jasonk@wildernesscollege.com.

We are accepting applications for the Resident Assistant position until the position is filled. Top candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview and complete a background check.

Core Instructor Positions
(No current openings, however we are now accepting applications for spring interviews for possible positions starting summer 2017)

Core instructors are the primary instructors for Alderleaf courses. They are year-round positions that include teaching at our core programs (including field trips), as well as various other courses (including weekend classes, custom courses, and summer programs). Core instructors are involved with all aspects of the programs, from lead teaching to coordinating trips, mentoring apprentices, and overseeing student progress. Core instructors also assist with outreach including writing blog posts & web articles, taking photos & video, as well as caring for classrooms & the land, and various other support tasks.

We are considering applications for both full-time (averaging 5 days/week) and full-time (averaging 4 days/week) instructor positions. Instructor positions are exempt, salaried positions.

Core instructor responsibilities include:

  • Instructing at Alderleaf courses
  • Coordinating program logistics
  • Assisting with outreach and other support tasks

Core Instructor Qualifications:


  • Experience instructing in at least several of our core curriculum areas: wilderness survival; ethnobotany (edible/medicinal wild plants); naturalist skills; wildlife tracking; permaculture/sustainability; and outdoor education.
  • Good leadership, communication and writing skills
  • Wilderness first aid certification
  • Computer / office skills
  • Willingness to work a variable schedule and periodic weekends

Preferred (though not required):

  • Bachelor or Master's degree in an environmental or education field
  • Management experience
  • Videography skills - experience producing short videos for the web
  • Outreach experience - marketing, sales, and advertising
  • Familiarity with Alderleaf's courses and curriculum

Core Instructor Compensation:

  • Annual salary range of $36,000 to $40,000 for full-time positions averaging 5 days/week; annual salary range of $28,800 to $32,000 for full-time positions averaging 4 days/week (depending on experience & qualifications).

To Apply for a Core Instructor Position:

Send a cover letter, resume, completed general employment questionnaire, and instructor questionnaire to: jasonk@wildernesscollege.com, or mail to:

Alderleaf Wilderness College
Attn: Jason Knight
18715 299th Ave SE
Monroe, WA 98272

Top candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview.


(360) 793-8709

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