Seasonal Program Instructor (Fall)


Keystone Science School


Keystone, CO


Applications will be reviewed starting after May 17th, and the application will be open until all positions are filled.

Job Title: Seasonal Program Instructor

Department: Education Programs

Employment Class: Seasonal Part-time, Exempt

Dates of Employment: August 16, 2021 – late October 2021 (with potential for extension)

Expected Schedule: 5 days per week

Reports To: Programs Manager

Number of Positions Available: 8

Housing Available: Yes (staff are not required to live on campus)

Compensation: Base Rate: $110 per day - Bilingual Spanish Base Rate: $122 per day

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 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. In Fall 2021, KSS will offer residential and day field trips for visiting and local school groups, after school programming, 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 Program Instructor is a seasonal position responsible for teaching the wide variety of curricula options offered by KSS. Program Instructors will lead groups of up to 13 students in outdoor education programs. Program Instructors are responsible for lesson planning and organizing curriculum for each program. They are also responsible for the facilitation of meals, evening programs, and the completion of manual labor tasks on a rotating basis. Program Instructors will also take turns being “Lead Instructors” for each program. Additionally, it is the responsibility of Program Instructors to facilitate programs within the other areas of KSS including but not limited to: CATCH After School Programs, facility rental programs, and local community programs. Program 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:

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

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervise and teach a group of up to 13 K-12 students on their own
  • Plan, prepare, and teach grade appropriate environmental education curricula
  • Facilitate team building, leadership, and social emotional learning activities
  • Program facilitation includes ‘support staff’ duties such as teaching evening programs, campus cleaning, meal set-up and clean-up and on-call responsibilities
  • Lead Instructor duties include, but are not limited to: development of curriculum in collaboration with Group Lead Contacts, serve as a liaison between Groups and KSS, and all general lesson, activity, and basic logistic planning
  • Supervise and maintain high standards of health and safety, and follow Risk Management policies in all activities
  • Attend and help facilitate all staff meetings and trainings as assigned
  • Facilitate and provide support for a wide variety of KSS programs and activities
  • Drive a 15-passenger van and successfully complete Van Driver Training
  • 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
  • Have an interest in, respect for, and ability to work with people with diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to create an inclusive learning environment for students from a wide range of backgrounds
  • 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 using different educational methods
  • Experience with risk management practices of the outdoor and environmental education industry
  • Ability to be creative, adaptable, and flexible while managing children in a variety of situations
  • Strong work ethic and will work until the job is complete
  • Motivation to contribute positively to the KSS at-large community
  • 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'
  • Ability to work in a busy environment with many distractions

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 Skills

  • Ability to communicate verbally and teach in Spanish
  • Wilderness First Responder Certification
  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in a related field such recreation, education, or a subject in the human services field
  • Proficiency with Google Drive and CampSite camp management software
  • Previous employment experience at Keystone Science School


The base pay rate is $110 per day for all instructors, and $122 per day for bilingual Spanish speaking instructors.


Housing is provided at no additional cost. A housing deposit may be collected. Food will be provided only while working with clients.

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.

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

Please submit the Employment Application found at 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

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.