Fall Instructor

Organization:

Keystone Science School

Location:

Keystone, CO

Deadline:

Contact:

Katherine Bush

Department: Education Programs
Employment Class: Seasonal Part-time
Pay Status: Nonexempt
Expected Hours: 32-40 hours a week
Dates of Employment: August 5, 2020 – October/November, 2020
Reports To: Education Programs Manager
Housing Available: Yes (staff are not required to live on campus)
Number of Positions Available: 10 total (7 employees will work 2-month terms + 3 employees will 
work 3-month terms)
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020

At Keystone Science School, we believe that the power of inspiring curiosity and critical thinking, 
through the lens of science, changes lives and strengthens communities. We create future leaders 
who can problem solve and work together in an ever-evolving world and workplace environment.

Located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Keystone Science School’s historic campus serves as base 
camp for our diverse suite of inquiry-based learning programs. We combine hands-on science 
education with outdoor adventure to create engaging experiences for our students. At KSS, we change 
lives, we bring fun and laughter to everything we do, we care about each other and those we serve, 
we strive for excellence, we offer competitive compensation and generous benefits, and we are 
committed to serving students from diverse backgrounds. We’re proud to be Summit County’s #1 Best 
Non-Profit and #2 Best Place to Work (2019)! Visit KeystoneScienceSchool.org to learn more!

Program Overview and Job Summary
KSS offers a range of programs that balance hands-on science activities, field-based exploration, 
and adventure programming. Curriculum themes include but are not limited to: environmental science 
(aquatic ecology, forest ecology, earth science, snow studies, winter ecology, weather and 
climate), leadership, community building, STEM, outdoor skills, and health. The Education Programs 
team offers residential and day field trips for visiting school groups, workshops, teacher 
trainings, and retreats. Programs are 1-7 days in length (generally 3 days), and may be held 
on-campus, at an off-site facility, or at a camping-based location.

The Fall Instructor is a seasonal position responsible for teaching the wide variety of curricula 
options offered by KSS. Program Instructors are responsible for lesson planning and developing 
curriculum for incoming schools. They are also responsible for the facilitation of meals, evening 
programs, and the completion of manual labor tasks on a rotating basis. It is the responsibility of 
Program Instructors to facilitate programs within the other areas of KSS.

The Fall Instructor is a seasonal position responsible for teaching the wide variety of curricula 
options offered by KSS.  Fall Instructors are responsible for lesson planning and developing 
curriculum for incoming schools. They are also responsible for the facilitation of meals, evening 
programs, and the completion of manual labor tasks on a rotating basis. It is the responsibility of 
Program Instructors to facilitate programs within the other areas of KSS.

Main areas of focus:

  • 60% Teaching (includes Lead Instructor duties);
  • 15% Lesson planning and curriculum development;
  • 25% Support staff duties (e.g. facilitation of meals, evening programs, and completion of 
  • manual labor tasks);

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, prepare, and teach grade appropriate curricula;
  • Supervise and teach a group of up to 13 K-12 students;
  • Supervise and maintain high standards of health and safety, and follow Risk Management 
  • policies in all activities;
  • Facilitate team, leadership, and character building activities;
  • Lead Instructor duties include, but are not limited to: development of curriculum in 
  • collaboration with Group Lead Contacts, development of pre-visit activities, communication of 
  • curriculum to KSS Instructor team, serve as a liaison between groups and KSS, and all general 
  • lesson, activity, and basic logistic planning;
  • Program facilitation includes ‘support staff’ duties such as campus, re-set, meal set-up and 
  • clean-up and on-call responsibilities.
  • Maintain storage of all KSS equipment, including teaching materials, gear, keys, toys, etc.;
  • Attend and help facilitate all staff meetings and trainings as assigned;
  • Participate in and pass Van Driver Training, and drive program participants in a 15-passenger 
  • van;
  • Abide by and uphold the policies and procedures set forth by KSS;
  • Facilitate and provide support for a wide variety of KSS programs and activities;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – Minimum Requirements

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including days, nights, and weekends;
  • Have an interest in, respect for, and ability to work with children;
  • Have an interest in, respect for, and ability to work with people with diverse backgrounds, 
  • opinions, beliefs, abilities, and experience;
  • Proven ability to creatively develop science and education curricula and lesson plans;
  • Ability to adapt instruction and lessons to meet a wide variety of learners utilizing 
  • different educational philosophies;
  • Ability to be creative, adaptable, and flexible while managing children in a variety of 
  • situations;
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals and educational methods;
  • Strong work ethic and will work until the job is complete;
  • Motivation to contribute positively to the KSS at-large community;
  • Interpret a variety of instructions provided in written or verbal form;
  • Multi-task efficiently while managing a high-volume workload in a fast-paced, changing 
  • environment;
  • Superior customer service skills, with the ability to be creative and think 'outside the 
  • box';
  • Strong command of communication, writing, and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work in a busy environment with many distractions;
  • Write reports, correspondence, and lesson plans with attention to detail.

Required Education, Experience, and Certifications

  • Bachelor's or Associate's degree;
  • Minimum of 6 months of experience teaching students in an outdoor or classroom setting;
  • Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications, from an approved vendor, or the 
  • ability to obtain before the first day of employment;
  • Age 21+ with a minimum of 5 years driving experience, excellent driving record, and a valid 
  • driver's license;
  • Must be able to successfully pass a comprehensive background check.

Preferred Skillsets

  • Experience teaching students in an outdoor setting;
  • Experience with risk management practices of the outdoor and environmental education 
  • industry;
  • Desired computer skills include proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.);
  • Ability to communicate verbally and teach in Spanish.

Travel Expectations
Limited travel throughout the state of Colorado.

Physical Demands of this Position
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to 
successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to 
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the 
duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands and fingers to feel, 
handle, or hold objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. The 
employee often stands for up to 8 hours per day, but may be required to stand longer in emergency 
situations. The employee must be able to lift and carry at least 40 pounds for an extended 
duration. The employee is frequently required to travel for extended periods over rugged terrain. 
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust 
focus.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by 
an employee while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be 
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position 
requires the employee to work in close contact with their teammates and children. The office space 
is small and the employee must have the ability to stay focused while others are working in close 
proximity. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but varies seasonally due 
to programs and staffing on campus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee often 
works outside and drives vehicles in various weather conditions.

Compensation
Starting at $12/hour. Additional compensation is offered to candidates with higher level medical 
certifications (WFR, W- EMT), master’s degree or teaching certification, and Spanish speaking 
ability. Housing and meals are available at a rate of $50/month.

Application Instructions
Please submit the Employment Application found at KeystoneScienceSchool.org/Employment
Applications require a cover letter, resume, and 3 references. In your cover letter, please address 
your philosophy of education, and describe how your previous experiences have prepared you for this 
position. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. For more 
information, please contact Human Resources at HR@KeystoneScienceSchool.org.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Keystone Science School is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and 
we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a wide variety of 
backgrounds. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type, without regard to race, color, 
national or ethnic origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, 
religion, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic
protected by law.