Day Camp Lead Instructor

Job Description

Department: Camp Programs

Pay Status: Exempt

Expected Hours: Minimum 40 hours/week

Dates of Employment: May 20, 2020 - August 14, 2020

Reports To: Day Programs Manager

Housing Available: Based on availability

Number of Positions Available: 3

  • 1 Lead for Twinkle Day Camp – Ages 5-6
  • 1 Lead for Stellar Day Camp – Ages 7-10
  • 1 Lead for Adventure Day Camp – Ages 8-12

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. Day Camp programs are age-specific, full-day programs offering educational and recreational activities based upon weekly science or adventure themes.

Each Day Camp Lead Instructor works with their specific camp program:

  • Twinkle Day Camp for children ages 5-6
  • Stellar Day Camp for children ages 7-10
  • Adventure Day Camp for children ages 8-12

The Lead Instructor is a teaching position responsible for teaching and facilitating the wide variety of curricula and activities offered at KSS. This position is the primary caregiver for each child. The Day Camp Lead Instructor will need to be completely familiar with the daily schedule, the daily attendance of children, and the overall energy of their Day Camp program. This position is responsible for planning, teaching, coordinating, and facilitating a wide variety of summer program activities in conjunction with the other Day Camp programs. They are also responsible for guiding children in their personal growth and daily living skills.

Main areas of focus:

  • 50% Teaching;
  • 20% Lesson planning and curriculum development;
  • 30% Support Staff duties (e.g. facilitation of meals, setup/clean up, transportation, student free time).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, prepare, and teach age appropriate activities;
  • Supervise up to 13 children each day—the overall capacity for the Twinkle and Stellar programs is 39 students and the overall capacity for the Adventure Day Camp program is 26 students;
  • Maintain quality programming by focusing on program development, delegation, implementation, training, and evaluation;
  • Supervise, mentor, motivate, and inspire the Day Camp team of instructors;
  • Supervise and maintain high standards of health and safety, and follow Risk Management policies in all activities;
  • Oversee the successful execution of logistic and operational tasks for Day Camp programs, which includes but is not limited to: schedules, attendance, parent newsletters, camper med forms, etc.;
  • Plan, 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.;
  • Actively interact with and engage children during KSS programs;
  • Provide an electronics-aware experience for all children and enforce an electronics-aware environment with Instructors;
  • Assign task-based projects to Instructors and ensure completion by the given deadline;
  • Provide support for overnight programs 2 evenings per week;
  • Gather and submit pictures and videos to reflect the experience children have during KSS programs;
  • Participate in and appropriately dress for theme days on campus;
  • 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 and help facilitate all staff meetings and trainings as assigned;
  • Attend Day Camp program "Family Nights" weekly on Thursdays;
  • 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;
  • Facilitate and complete set up/take down projects at the end of every Day Camp session as assigned;
  • Abide by and uphold the policies and procedures set forth by KSS;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – Minimum Requirements

  • 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, opinions, beliefs, abilities, and experience;
  • 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 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;
  • Demonstrate the ability to be creative and think 'outside the box';
  • Strong command of communication, writing, and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work in a busy environment with many distractions;
  • Write incident reports and lesson plans with attention to detail.

Required Education, Experience, and Certifications

  • Candidates will be asked to provide verification of 460 hours of experience working with school-age children;
  • Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain before the first day of employment (the Lead Instructor working with the Twinkle Day Camp program is only required to hold a First Aid and CPR certification);
  • Excellent driving record and a valid driver's license;
  • Must be able to successfully pass a comprehensive background check.

Preferred Skillsets

  • Ability to communicate verbally and teach in Spanish;
  • Waterfront Lifeguard certification;
  • Desired computer skills include proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.) and Adobe.

Travel Expectations

There will be significant travel in Summit County and throughout Colorado, but no travel outside the state.

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. 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 often works outside and drives vehicles in various weather conditions.


Starting salary of $460/week.

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.

Job Availability: 

3 positions available.

To Apply

Please submit the Employment Application found at Applications require a cover letter, resume, and 3 references. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. For more information, please contact Human Resources at [email protected].

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Keystone, CO
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High school
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