Job Title: Adventure Logistics Specialist
Department: Adventure Programs
Schedule: 6+ days per week
Dates of Employment: May 15, 2023 – August 18, 2022
Reports To: Adventure Programs Manager; Adventure Program Coordinator
Housing Available: Yes
Number of Positions Available: 1
Compensation: $524 per week base rate, 10% boost for Spanish speakers, 3% boost for returning staff.
Program Overview and Job Summary
Keystone Science School’s Adventures are designed to build a novice’s skill and excitement to explore the outdoors. Adventures are either 6-day programs designed to expose students to the possibilities of outdoor recreation or 12 day programs designed to build competency in outdoor living and leadership skills. Depending on the Program we do a mix of car camping, backcountry, rock climbing, backpacking, stand-up paddleboarding, and paddling programs. The unique locations for our Adventures cater well to place-based environmental education as students explore beautiful landscapes and ecosystems. We believe that students can utilize lessons learned on an Adventure in their future including: relationships with friends, projects at school, and future work opportunities.
The Logistics Specialist position is responsible for helping manage logistics and packing for off-site adventure programs. This includes: Preparing, labeling, maintaining, cleaning, and upkeeping all adventure equipment, packing food and supplies, repairing gear, maintaining facilities, driving vans and trailers, assisting with adventure programing as needed. This position will be around students on the first and last days of programming helping check gear in and out. This position will include picking up students from the airport and also could include picking up students in an emergency or evacuation.
Main areas of focus:
85% Support staff duties (e.g. packing/ maintaining gear, facilitation of food packing, transportation, being around students during free times).
10% Professional Development
5% Helping Support all KSS Programming
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Clean, pack, and inventory gear after trip completion as well as before and after the summer season;
Work Closely with KSS Kitchen to packing adventure foods and collecting food menus from instructors
Plan and help with all Adventure logistics including schedules, menus, transportation etc.;
Supervise and maintain high standards of health and safety, and follow Risk Management policies by engaging with incident prevention and response;
Attend trainings for Instructors, and attend all staff meetings and trainings as assigned;
Perform student health screens, and utilize first aid skills;
Gather and submit pictures and videos to reflect the experience young people have during KSS programs;
Participate in self and peer feedback system;
Provide an electronics-aware experience for all children;
Maintain storage of all KSS equipment and repair outdoor gear as necessary;
Drive a 15-passenger van with a trailer and successfully complete Van Driver and Trailer Training;
Abide by and uphold the policies and procedures set forth by KSS;
Able to carry pack weights of up to 35-60 pounds
Able to maintain composure, exercise sound judgment, and assess and mitigate risk under periods of stress
Participates in required staff training
Commits to own professional growth as well as improving technical and interpersonal skills
Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – Minimum Requirements
Have an interest in, respect for, and ability to work with young people in a backcountry setting;
Have an interest in, respect for, and ability to work with people with diverse backgrounds, opinions, beliefs, abilities, and experience;
Ability to be creative, adaptable, and flexible while in a variety of situations;
Strong work ethic and will work until the job is complete;
Growth oriented mindset and willingness to give and receive feedback;
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, with the ability to be creative and think ‘outside the box’;
Strong 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;
Experience with risk management practices of the outdoor education industry;
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;
Equipment familiarity with all aspects of outdoor climbing.
Ability to properly inspect software and hardware used for outdoor climbing.
Able to build safe and clean sport anchors for top rope belays.
Familiarity with tying knots and hitches related to climbing.
Demonstrated background in working with youth in an outdoor setting.
Ability to lift 50 pounds and hike steep terrain with equipment.
Strong ability to manage groups of youth
Ability to communicate verbally and teach in Spanish;
Previous experience driving with a trailer;
Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.) and Adobe;
Experience on personal backcountry trips;
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.
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 at the beginning of employment and refunded at the end of contract contingent upon inspection of living spaces by operations manager or other approved administrator.
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.