Overnight Camp Instructor


Keystone Science School


Keystone, CO



Human Resources

Employment Class: Seasonal Part-time

Pay Status/Range: Exempt, $105-117 per day

Schedule: 5 to 6 days per week

Dates of Employment: May 24, 2021 - August 14, 2021

Reports To: Programs Manager

Housing Available: Yes

Number of Positions Available: 3 boys dorm positions, 3 girls dorm positions, 1 tent village position

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 overnight programs on the Keystone Science School campus and at satellite camping locations around Summit County. Overnight programs are age-specific, full-week programs offering education, adventure and recreational activities based upon weekly science and adventure themes. Each week campers will participate in hands-on science activities, hikes, arts and crafts, games, leadership, community building, and much more! Residential camps are offered to campers entering 2nd grade through 8th grade.

The Overnight Camp Instructor works on-campus with Discovery Camp and is the primary caregiver for each child attending programming. This is a teaching position responsible for teaching the wide variety of curricula and activities offered at KSS. They are also responsible for guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills. Each Overnight Camp Instructor will live in either the dorms or tents to provide support to the Lead Instructors and the Overnight Camp program. Overnight Camp Instructors will be expected to adhere to dynamic health guidance and policy set forth by KSS while working with children during a global pandemic, which may include living with other Instructors in a communal living environment.

Main areas of focus:

  • 75% Teaching/Facilitating;
  • 10% Lesson planning and curriculum development;
  • 15% Support staff duties (e.g. taking photos of campers, facilitation of meals, set up/clean up, transportation, student free time).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervise up to 32 children with other instructors in one dormitory during each 4-12 day session;
  • Supervise up to 13 children with another instructor on daily activities, an overnight wilderness camping trip, and challenge hikes each session;
  • Plan, prepare, and teach age appropriate activities;
  • Provide a fun and memorable experience for campers (songs, skits, costumes, etc.);
  • Supervise and support a wide variety of KSS programs and activities, which includes but is not limited to: camper choice activities/free play, meals, evening programming, special events, the end of season celebration, etc.;
  • Participate as a mentor in the Counselor Assistant Program (CAP), and write a letter and evaluation for each CAP;
  • Lead in camper behavior management;
  • Maintain high standards of health and safety, and follow Risk Management policies in all activities;
  • Actively interact with and engage children during KSS programs;
  • Provide an electronics-free experience for all children and enforce an electronics-aware environment with Instructors;
  • Gather and submit pictures and videos to reflect the experience children have during KSS programs;
  • Set up before children arrive and clean up after children depart from program campus;
  • Maintain storage of all KSS equipment, including teaching materials, gear, keys, toys, etc.;
  • Attend and help facilitate all staff meetings and trainings as assigned;
  • Drive a 15-passenger van and successfully complete Van Driver Training;
  • Facilitate and complete set up/take down projects at the end of every Day Camp session as assigned;
  • Abide by and uphold the policies and procedures set forth by KSS;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – Minimum Requirements

  • Willingness to be ‘on call’ 24 hours a day while working Discovery Camp programs;
  • Have an interest in, respect for, and ability to work with children in a residential setting;
  • Have an interest in, respect for, and ability to work with people with diverse backgrounds, opinions, beliefs, abilities, and experience;
  • Strong work ethic and will work until the job is complete;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Demonstrate 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.

Required Education, Experience, and Certifications

  • Prior experience working with school-age children: at least three (3) months (460 hours) of full- time or equivalent part-time satisfactory and verifiable experience with school-age children;
  • Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain before the first day of employment;
  • Must be able to successfully pass a comprehensive background check.

Preferred Skills

  • Ability to communicate verbally and teach in Spanish;
  • Age 21+ with a minimum of 5 years driving experience, excellent driving record, and a valid driver's license;
  • Proficiency with Google Drive and CampSite camp management software;
  • Waterfront Lifeguard certificate.

Travel Expectations

In many situations, KSS will provide transportation to satellite programming locations. However, staff may be asked to use personal vehicles to travel within Summit County. Any travel mileage outside Summit County may be reimbursed.

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 16 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. Staff will be expected to adhere to dynamic health guidance and policy set forth by KSS while working with children during a global pandemic. 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.


Housing and food are provided at no additional cost. A housing deposit may be collected.

Ready to find yourself at the heart of Science. Adventure. Fun? Apply now!

Please submit the Employment Application (Seasonal Positions) found at KeystoneScienceSchool.org/Employment. All applications will require a cover letter, resume, and 3 references. In your cover letter, please indicate your desired salary/wage. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. For more information, please contact the Human Resources department 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.