Other Outdoor Short-Term Program Instructor
Job Title: Short-Term Program Instructor
Employment Classification: Seasonal Part-Time
Pay Status: Nonexempt
Application Deadline: Rolling
Start Date: August 14, 2017
Reports To: School Programs Manager
Keystone Science School Mission:
Keystone Science School educates youth and adults to broaden perspectives and foster appreciation for engaged citizenship. We accomplish this through meaningful and collaborative learning experiences in the natural mountain environment that incorporate non-biased scientific inquiry, leadership development, civic engagement and academic rigor.
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 KeystoneScienceSchool.org to learn more!
Program Overview and Job Summary:
KSS School Programs offers a range of programs that provide a balance of hands-on science activities, field-based exploration, and adventure, all based upon themes including aquatic ecology, forest ecology, earth science, snow science, weather, and climate ecology. Programs can be hosted on the KSS campus, at a school location, or at a camping-based location for a duration of one day to seven days.
The Short-Term Program Instructor is a teaching position responsible for teaching the wide variety of curricula options offered at KSS. This position is part-time, with varying hours based on program needs. Programs may be scheduled for a duration of one to five days. Short-Term Instructors may be responsible for planning daily lessons, attending program trainings, facilitating programming, supporting programming, or completing other tasks as assigned. Short-Term Instructors may also be responsible for the facilitation of meals, evening programs, and the completion of manual labor tasks on a rotating basis.
Our ideal candidate will focus on the following essential duties and responsibilities:
• 50% Teaching
– Short-Term Instructors may be assigned instructor duties in which the employee is expected to facilitate programming as outlined by the program lead. Instruction duration, curriculum theme, location, and expectations vary based on program. All lesson planning is to be performed by Short- Term Program Instructors prior to their scheduled program. Scheduled instructors will receive a digital copy of the curriculum overview. Following the review of the curriculum overview the scheduled instructor will be invited to ask program managers about the specifics of the program.
– Short-Term Instructors may be assigned to various community programs where duties can range from facilitating afterschool, day, or overnight programs. Programs vary in facilitation and academic curriculum demands.
• 20% Grant Funded Programs
– Assignments for grant funded programs range in academic and teambuilding facilitation.
• 30% Support Staff Duties
– Short Term Instructors may be assigned to the facilitation of meals, teaching/leading evening programs, and completion of manual labor tasks.
The minimum requirements in knowledge, skills, and abilities for the candidate of our choice:
• 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 and schools utilizing different educational philosophies;
• Ability to be creative, adaptable, and flexible while managing students in a variety of situations;
• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals and educational methods;
• Motivated to contribute positively to the KSS at-large community;
• We require and expect this person to be disciplined in thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence
• Strong work ethic and will work until the job is complete;
• 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 reports, correspondence, and procedure manuals with attention to detail.
In addition to the above required talents, our ideal candidate will have these preferred skillsets:
• Comprehension of the Spanish language via written and/or verbal form.
Our travel expectations:
Limited travel throughout the state of Colorado.
Our required education, experience, and certifications:
• Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree;
• Minimum of 1 years of experience teaching students in an outdoor setting;
• Experience with risk management practices of the outdoor and environmental education industry;
• Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification or ability to obtain before the first day of employment;
• Excellent driving record and a valid driver’s license;
• Must be able to successfully pass a comprehensive background check.
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 use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear; the employee frequently is required to sit. The employee is often required to stand or walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus. Must have the ability to teach students in an outdoor environment throughout the entire year hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing carrying a backpack weighing up to 40 pounds.
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 occasionally works outside in various weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
How to ApplyCompensation: Short-Term Program Instructors are paid hourly. Hours are dependent on programming needs and are not guaranteed. A typical pay rate starts at $10/hour, depending on experience and qualifications. Room and board may also be available depending on the program location and duration. Want to find yourself at the heart of Science. Adventure. Fun? Apply now! Please submit the Employment Application found on the Keystone Science School Employment Page at www.KeystoneScienceSchool.com/Employment. You will be required to attach your resume and cover letter. Positions are open until filled. For further 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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