Overnight Camp Manager

Job Description

Department: Camp Programs

Employment Class: Seasonal Part-time

Pay Status: Exempt

Expected Hours: Minimum 40 hours/week

Dates of Employment: May 18, 2020 - August 14, 2020

Reports To: Camp Programs Coordinator

Housing Available: Yes (staff in this position are required to live on campus)

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.

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 KeystoneScienceSchool.org 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. Keystone Science School’s Overnight Camp programs combine weekly curriculum themes with traditional summer activities like hiking, camping, songs, skits, archery, and more! Students stay overnight in dorms or canvas tents.

The Overnight Camp Manager works with overnight programs, serving a maximum of 88 students per session. The primary responsibility of the Overnight Camp Manager is to provide the necessary tools for Instructors to maintain a positive and safe environment for children. They are responsible for creating schedules and trail groups, communicating with outside contractors, teaching, coordinating, and facilitating a variety of summer program activities. They are also responsible for guiding children in their personal growth and daily living skills.

Main areas of focus:

  • 20% Teaching;
  • 20% Lesson planning and curriculum development;
  • 20% Support staff duties (e.g. facilitation of meals, setup/clean up, transportation, student free time);
  • 30% Administrative tasks;
  • 10% Coaching and staff management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan and prepare grade appropriate activities;
  • Maintain quality programming by focusing on program development, delegation, implementation, training, and evaluation;
  • Supervise, mentor, motivate, and inspire the Discovery programs team;
  • Train Instructors on the every-day processes of the Discovery Camp program during workshops throughout staff training;
  • Supervise and maintain high standards of health and safety, and follow Risk Management policies in all activities;
  • Complete all logistic and operational tasks for Discovery programs, which includes but is not limited to: parent communications, paperwork, check-in, creating weekly program schedules, etc.;
  • Communicate program schedules to the Customer Experience Team for parent newsletters;
  • Complete program evaluations with clients at the end of each camp session;
  • Oversee staff preparation for wilderness trips (trip itineraries, gear, Emergency Action Plans, etc.);
  • Communicate with KSS kitchen staff to plan overnight camp meals and wilderness trip food;
  • Plan, lead, supervise, and support all aspects of Discovery programs, which includes but is not limited to: opening campfires, evening programs, "Camper Choice" activities, large group activities, imagination stations, etc.;
  • Lead and/or support Instructor training sessions and meetings;
  • Assign task-based projects to Instructors and ensure completion by the given deadline;
  • Collaborate with the Summer CATCH Camp Manager, Day Camp Manager, and Camp Programs Coordinator to schedule Summer Instructors;
  • Prevent multi-session children from experiencing "burnout" by ensuring program variation;
  • Provide an electronics-aware experience for all children and enforce an electronics-aware environment with Instructors;
  • Complete a Coaching Worksheet and check-in with a minimum of 1 instructor each week;
  • 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.;
  • 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;
  • 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 12 months (1820 hours) of verifiable leadership experience in an administrative or supervisory position, with groups of children five (5) years of age or older, since reaching the age of eighteen (18);
  • Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) 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;
  • Must be able to successfully pass a comprehensive background check.

Preferred Skillsets

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

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 $480/week. Housing and meals are available at no cost.

Job Availability: 

1 position available.

To Apply

Application Instructions

Please submit the Employment Application found at KeystoneScienceSchool.org/Employment. 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].

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.

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Keystone, CO
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