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:

No Current Openings

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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