Program Instructor


Keystone Science School


Keystone, CO



Kelly Conway

Department: Education Programs

Employment Class: Temporary

Pay Status: Exempt

Expected Hours: TBD

Start Date of Employment: Tentative August-September 2020

End Date of Employment: TBD depending on programming demand

Housing Available: Yes

Application Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis

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 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 may include but are not limited to: environmental science (aquatic ecology, forest ecology, earth science, snow studies, winter ecology, weather and climate), leadership, social emotional learning, community building, STEM, outdoor skills, and health.

The Program Instructor will facilitate day programming for school-aged children to support learning opportunities during COVID-19 and to foster educational opportunities for Summit County visitors.   Programs could be held on the Keystone Science School campus or alternate locations throughout the county. 

The Program Instructor is a position responsible for assisting students with virtual curriculum delivered through their school district and developing their own experiential-based lesson plans using the variety of curricula options offered by KSS. Due to the dynamic nature of balancing programming with COVID-19, Keystone Science School will need to pivot and adjust for how schools are being impacted and balance community needs.  Instructors will need to show initiative, be self starters, humble, dynamic, be active problem solvers, and collaborative within a team.  

Keystone Science School programming has changed dramatically during this pandemic, as has the environmental education industry. We are striving to meet the needs of our local communities and school district while investing in programming that will support the longevity of this organization.

Main areas of focus:

  • 70% Teaching and supporting virtual learning;
  • 15% Lesson planning and curriculum development;
  • 15% Support staff duties (e.g. completion of manual labor tasks);

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, prepare, and teach grade appropriate curricula;
  • Supervise and teach a group of school-aged students;
  • Provide academic support in a tutoring capacity;
  • Facilitate adult and family visitor-based programs;
  • Assist students in virtual school curricula, assigned by the school district;
  • Supervise and maintain high standards of health and safety, and follow Risk Management policies in all activities;
  • Uphold guidance from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment around COVID-19 standards;
  • Facilitate team, leadership, health, and character building activities;
  • Program facilitation includes ‘support staff’ duties such as campus re-set, health and safety checks, and routine cleaning.
  • Facilitate and provide support for a wide variety of KSS programs and activities, including after school programs, onsite day programs, and offsite visitor-based programs;
  • 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 potentially drive program participants in a 15-passenger van;
  • Abide by and uphold the policies and procedures set forth by KSS;
  • 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 and adults;
  • 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

  • Minimum of 2 years experience teaching students in an outdoor setting;
  • Experience with risk management practices in 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

Travel within Summit County and 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.


Instructors will be compensated either a daily rate of $96/day or half day rate of $48/half day. Additional compensation is offered to candidates with Spanish speaking ability. Housing is available for all instructors. 

Application Instructions

Please submit the Employment Application found at 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

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.