Other Outdoor Crossover Instructor (Camp Counselor)
Pay Status: Exempt
Expected Hours: Minimum 40 hours/week
Dates of Employment/Start Date: May 29, 2019 – August 11, 2019
Reports To: Discovery Programs Managers; Day Camp Manager(s)
Housing Available: Yes
Number of Positions Available:
Drivers (over age 21) = 7 females + 7 males
Non-drivers (under age 21) = 3 females + 3 males
Total positions available = 20
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! 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, luxurious canvas tents, a central dining hall, an outdoor amphitheater, a state-of-the-art observatory, and a geothermal field. Visit KeystoneScienceSchool.org 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, naturalization, health, and leadership.
The Crossover Instructor is a teaching position responsible for teaching and facilitating the wide variety of curricula and activities offered at KSS. The Crossover Instructor works with our day and overnight programs and is the primary caregiver for each child attending programming. The Crossover Instructor role is one of the most popular positions at KSS due to the changing weekly schedule that allows the Instructor to experience a variety of KSS programs and to provide support where it is needed most. This position is also responsible for guiding children in their personal growth and daily living skills.
Main areas of focus:
– 75% Teaching;
– 10% Lesson planning and curriculum development;
– 15% Support staff duties (e.g. facilitation of meals, set up/clean up, transportation, student free time);
Our ideal candidate will focus on the following essential duties and responsibilities:
– Plan, prepare, and teach age appropriate activities;
– Supervise up to 13 children each day;
– Supervise up to 13 children on one overnight wilderness camping trip and challenge backcountry hike each session;
– Supervise and participate in Adventure Day experiences led by professional contractors;
– Supervise and maintain high standards of health and safety, and follow Risk Management policies in all activities;
– Provide support for overnight summer programs a minimum of 2 nights per week when working day camp programs;
– During overnight shifts, supervise up to 16 children in a dormitory or tent;
– Actively interact with and engage children during KSS programs;
– Supervise and support a wide variety of KSS programs and activities, which includes but is not limited to: day program overnights, camper choice activities/freeplay, evening programming, special events, the end of season celebration, etc.;
– 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.;
– Attend all staff meetings as assigned;
– Gather and submit pictures and videos to reflect the experience children have during KSS programs;
– Attend weekly program family slideshow events;
– Live with other instructors;
– Candidates age 21+ with a minimum of 5 years driving experience will be required to participate in and pass Van Driver Training, and they will be required to drive a 15-passenger van;
– Abide by and uphold the policies and procedures set forth by KSS;
– Complete set up/take down projects at the end of every camp session as assigned;
– Other duties as assigned.
The minimum requirements in knowledge, skills, and abilities for the candidate of our choice:
– Have an interest in, respect for, and ability to work with children;
– Proven ability to creatively develop science and education activities 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:
– 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 an excellent driving record and a valid driver’s license* (*six (6) Crossover Instructors will be hired that do not meet this qualification);
– 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.
– Candidates with prior childcare experience will be asked to provide verification of 460 hours of experience working with school-age children.
There will be significant travel in Summit County and throughout Colorado, but no 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 backcountry 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.
How to ApplyReady 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. The first review of applications will begin in January of 2019, however applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. For more information, please contact the Human Resources department at HR@KeystoneScienceSchool.org. Keystone Science School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
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