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. Current and future openings are listed below:

Resident Assistant (RA) Position

Now Open and Seeking Qualified Applicants

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 and comfortably walk 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 and all federal, state, and county laws, be a positive role model

Desired Qualifications:

  • Prior experience as an RA
  • Excellent reference from an RA supervisor
  • 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... 


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 $58/month). Please review the housing descriptions, sample housing agreement and sample house rules.

Hours: Part-time, 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.

Reports to: Property owners.

Please email a completed employment questionnaire, resume, cover letter, and at least three professional references to: jasonk@wildernesscollege.com, or mail to:

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

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.

The following positions are not currently open, however we accept applications to keep on file for future openings:

Core Instructor Positions

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, assisting guest teachers, and overseeing student progress. Core instructors also assist with outreach including writing articles for the Alderleaf website, taking photos & video clips, as well as caring for classrooms & the land, and various other support tasks.

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. (currently the strongest needs are in ethnobotany and permaculture)
  • Good leadership, communication and writing skills
  • Wilderness first aid certification
  • Computer / office skills
  • Willingness to work a variable schedule and periodic weekends
  • Ability to perform moderate physical work, lifting up to 50 pounds

Preferred (though not required):

  • Familiarity with Alderleaf's courses and curriculum, AWCP graduate
  • Bachelor or Master's degree in an environmental or education field
  • Basic videography skills - experience producing short videos for the web

Core Instructor Compensation:

  • Annual starting salary range of $38,000 to $42,000 for full-time positions averaging 5 days/week (depending on experience & qualifications). Benefits: Paid time off for five major holidays plus additional paid vacation/sick time.

To Apply for a Core Instructor Position:

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

Top candidates will be contacted to schedule.

Admissions Assistant Position

The half-time admissions assistant position plays a key role in supporting the Office/Admissions Manager and Program Director by communicating with prospective students and occasionally filling in for the Office/Admissions Manager. 

Admissions Assistant Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Responding to inquiries from prospective students interested in the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program (AWCP) 
  • Reaching out with calls, emails, and texts to many prospective students each day, to learn about their goals and share about the experience of AWCP
  • Creating and updating records on each prospective student
  • Being the “face” of the school with prospective students

Secondary Responsibilities (when supporting or filling in for the Office/Admissions Manager) Include:

  • Registering students, processing payments, invoicing, data entry
  • Interviewing students, giving tours, processing applications, assisting students
  • Keeping the office and classrooms neat, clean, and organized
  • Assisting with various outreach tasks and projects
  • Miscellaneous projects and tasks to assist with the general functioning of the organization

Admissions Assistant Job Requirements:

  • Professional demeanor
  • Upbeat and positive attitude at all times
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Clear and concise communication, both written and verbal
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Comfortable working independently on tasks
  • Good time management skills
  • Values environmental education

Admissions Assistant Required Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma
  • Fluent in English
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and web-based email
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time at a desk and use a keyboard and computer screen are essential
  • Ability to be on the phone for most of the work day

Preferred Qualifications (though not required):

  • AWCP graduate, or attended other Alderleaf classes, or other environmental education (such as NOLS or Outward Bound, etc…)

Admissions Assistant Work Schedule: 

Half-time (20 hours per week). There is some flexibility in the design of the weekly schedule (for examples: could be half days Monday through Friday; or full days on Mondays and Fridays with half days on Wednesdays; or fit around attendance of AWSP). Work location is at our office on our campus outside Monroe, WA.

Admission Assistant Compensation: 

Hourly (non-exempt position), $16-17 per hour, depending on experience. Benefits: Paid time off for five major holidays plus additional paid vacation/sick time.

To Apply for the Admissions Assistant Position:

Email a cover letter that expresses your qualifications for the position, a resume, and a completed general employment application to jasonk@wildernesscollege.com. 

Top candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview.

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