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8 Dec 2017

Trek & Backpack Adventure Programs Lead Instructor

Keystone Science School – Posted by HR Assistant Keystone, Colorado, United States

Job Description

Job Title: Adventure Programs Lead Instructor
Department: School Programs; Camp Programs
Employment Class: Full-time Regular
Pay Status: Exempt
Expected Hours: Minimum 40 hours/week
Dates of Employment/Start Date: January 21, 2018
Reports To: School Programs Director; Camp Programs Director
Housing Available: No
Number of Positions Available: 1

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.

The employees of Keystone Science School collectively work for the Mission, and truly live the Vision and Values! We offer competitive health and welfare benefits. Our campus is located at 9,200 feet on the site of Old Keystone Village in Keystone, Colorado. Our historic 23-acre campus serves as the ultimate outdoor laboratory and is the home base for our diverse suite of programs. Our facilities include modern log-style dormitories, a central dining hall, an outdoor amphitheater, a state-of-the-art observatory, and a geothermal field. Visit to learn more!

Program Overview and Job Summary:
KSS offers a range of programs that provide a balance of hands-on science activities, field-based exploration, and adventure programming. All programs are based upon a theme including but not limited to aquatic ecology, forest ecology, earth science, snow science, health, and leadership.

The Adventure Programs Lead Instructor primarily works with the School and Camp departments in residential, adventure, and wilderness based programs. The Adventure Programs Lead Instructor is primarily responsible for coordinating and executing trip itineraries, emergency action plans, permitting, and lesson planning. The Adventure Programs Lead Instructor is expected to develop and implement systems that will support programmatic growth for adventure programs. This position is responsible for planning daily lessons along with developing curriculum for programs. When the Adventure Lead Programs Instructor is not teaching or planning, they are expected to provide support during meals, evening programs, and work on campus projects. The Adventure Programs Lead Instructor will provide the necessary tools for Instructors to maintain a positive and safe environment for students during all adventure programs. They are also responsible for guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills.

Our ideal candidate will focus on the following essential duties and responsibilities:
• Plan, prepare, and teach grade appropriate curricula;
• Maintain quality programming by focusing on program development, delegation, implementation, training, and evaluation;
• Supervise and maintain high standards of health and safety, and follow Risk Management policies in all activities;
• Supervise, mentor, motivate, and inspire Instructors;
• Lead wilderness trainings for Instructors, and attend all staff meetings and trainings as assigned;
• Oversee the successful execution of logistic and operational tasks for adventure programs, which includes but is not limited to: documenting and managing trail use of National Forest/BLM lands by KSS, assisting in the creation of adventure-based program schedules and itineraries, maintenance and management of wilderness gear and supplies inventory, etc.;
• Oversee permitting (trail, camping, commercial use, backcountry site, parking, etc.);
• Oversee preparation for adventure program trips (food, gear, Emergency Action Plans, etc.);
• Assign task-based projects to Instructors and ensure completion by the given deadline;
• Develop science and education curricula and lesson plans, with the ability to adapt instruction and lessons to meet a wide variety of learners utilizing different educational philosophies;
• Administer client medications and manage First Aid;
• Ensure that adventure programs operate within the designed budget;
• Provide an electronics-free experience for all children;
• Set up before children arrive and clean up after children depart from KSS campus;
• Maintain storage of all KSS equipment, including teaching materials, gear, keys, toys, etc.;
• 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;
• Other duties as assigned.

The minimum requirements in knowledge, skills, and abilities for the candidate of our choice:
• Ability to work a flexible schedule, including days, nights, and weekends;
• Have an interest in, respect for, and ability to work with children;
• 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;
• Disciplined in thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence;
• 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 furnished in written or oral 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;
• Effectively interact with people of diverse backgrounds and different levels of experience;
• Ability to work in a busy environment with many distractions;
• Write incident reports and lesson plans with attention to detail.

Our required education, experience, and certifications:
• Adult leadership experience in an administrative or supervisory position at a camp or education facility;
• 12 months of employed adult leadership experience with groups of children since attaining the age of 18;
• Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree;
• Candidates must complete a pre-employment physical exam;
• Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and CPR certifications, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain before the first day of employment;
• Medication Administration training and certification, 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.

In addition to the above required talents, our ideal candidate will have these preferred skillsets:
• Desired computer skills include proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.) and Adobe;
• Comprehension of the Spanish language via written and/or verbal form;
• Six months or two seasons of trip leading experience;
• Six months or two seasons of trip coordinating experience;
• Experience with risk management practices of the outdoor and environmental education industry;
• Bachelor’s degree in recreation, outdoor leadership, outdoor education, or related;
• Experience teaching students in an outdoor setting.

Travel Expectations:
There will be significant travel in Summit County and around Colorado, and some travel outside the state.

The 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 must be able to lift and carry at least 40 pounds for an extended duration. The employee is occasionally 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.

Our 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 his/her teammates. 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 frequently works outside in various weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Annual salary, plus a generous benefits package: medical, dental, vision, vacation time, sick time, and paid holidays.

How to Apply

Ready to find yourself at the heart of Science. Adventure. Fun? Apply now! Please submit the online 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. This application deadline for this position is December 15, 2017, however materials will accepted until the position is filled. For more information, please contact the Human Resources department at

Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Trek & Backpack. Job Tags: adventure, camp, educator, instructor, teacher, and wilderness.

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