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Seasonal Camp Programs Assistant Manager

Company: Keystone Science School

Job Type: Seasonal

Job Description

Job Title: Seasonal Camp Programs Assistant Manager

Departments: Camp

Pay Status: Exempt

Salary Range: $967 – 1,211/week depending on years of experience, education, tenure with the organization, and bi-lingual Spanish speaking/writing ability.

Dates of Employment: April 3rd, 2023 – September 1, 2023

Expected Hours: Average of 40 hours/week ; 60+ during Summer Camp season

Dates of Employment/Start Date: Open Until Filled

Reports To: Program Managers

Housing Available: No

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! 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, an observatory, and a geothermal field. Visit www.KeystoneScienceSchool.org to learn more!

Job Summary:

The Seasonal Camp Programs Assistant Manager is a five month position responsible for the successful implementation of Keystone Science School’s Camp Programs. The Camp Programs Assistant Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day camp operations and staff oversight with support from the Program Manager. Camp programs include but are not limited to Residential Summer Camp Programs, Summer Day Camp Programs, and Offseason Overnight, and Day Programs. The 2 Camp Programs Assistant Managers will each oversee 1 program area; either day camps or overnight camp. As part of the Camp Programs team, the Seasonal Camp Programs Assistant Manager will oversee logistics, develop curriculum, serve as points of contact to clients, collaborate with other administrative staff, support program needs as they arise, and assist in managing seasonal staff. This position will also provide oversight, mentorship, and management to program staff, which includes hiring, training, and coaching.

Our tagline Science. Adventure. Fun! summarizes what we seek in our employees: passionate about our work, willing to seek adventure, and take risks to improve KSS, and able to laugh along the way. We work hard so we can play hard!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The main areas of focus for this position are:

  • 20% Logistics and Planning

  • 70% Staff Oversight

  • 10% Customer Service

Logistics and Planning

  • Work with Program Manager to develop and improve programming for all Camp programs;

  • Work with Program Manager to oversee, plan, and improve logistics and systems for Camp programs;

  • Manage employee time cards and hours

  • Maintain high standards of health and safety, and follow Risk Management policies in all Camp activities;

  • Drive a 15-passenger van and successfully complete Van Driver Training;

  • Support the Program Manager to manage the camp budget, including management of a credit card and oversight of other camp credit cards.

Staff Oversight

  • Lead day-to-day camp operations ensuring that campers are having safe, life-changing camp experiences.

  • Act as the bridge between seasonal staff and administrative staff to monitor Camp culture and strive to meet staff needs.

  • Provide direct supervision and management to summer seasonal staff; including Program Coordinators and Lead Program Instructors;

  • Support Program Manager to oversee program specific staffing including interviewing, training, coaching, and feedback;

  • Act as afterhours “on-call” administrative staff to assist in emergencies on a rotating basis;

  • Support the Program Managers and Human Resources in the performance evaluation process for program staff.

  • Gather program feedback from seasonal staff.

  • Work with Program Manager to schedule program staff and approve vacation and sick time requests as needed;

  • Develop and facilitate staff training with support from the Program Manager.

Customer Service

  • Serve as the Assistant Manager for specific programs, which includes serving as the point of contact for clients and other staff during a program;

  • Partner with the customer experience team to ensure client needs are properly met and communicated to the staff team and clients;

  • Maintain professional relationships with outside contractors and vendors.

  • Communicate directly with guardians and other program leads to meet program goals.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – Minimum Requirements

  • Exceptional Leadership skills and ability to mentor program staff;

  • An understanding of education pedagogy and curriculum, and the ability to adapt instruction and lessons to meet a wide variety of learners utilizing different educational philosophies;

  • Experience with risk management as it pertains to outdoor education;

  • Strong work ethic and will work until the job is complete;

  • Motivation to contribute positively to the KSS at-large community;

  • Multi-task efficiently while managing a high-volume workload in a fast-paced, changing environment;

  • 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 variety of locations within Colorado and some work outside of Colorado;

  • Ability to work in a busy environment with many distractions;

  • Superior customer service skills, with the ability to be creative and think ‘outside the box’

  • Have an interest in, respect for, and ability to work with children.

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including days, nights, and weekends;

Required education, experience, and certifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree;

  • Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and CPR certifications, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain within the first 90 days of employment;

  • Minimum of 6 months experience managing staff;

  • Candidates will be asked to provide verification of the following: Must be at least 21 years of age. Must have 12 months (1820 hours) of verified leadership in an administrative or supervisory position with groups of children five years of age or older at an organized camp since attaining the age of 18 years.

  • Excellent driving record and a valid driver’s license; Candidates age 20+ with a minimum of 4 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;

  • Must be able to successfully pass a comprehensive background check.

Preferred skills:

  • Experience teaching in outdoor education programs or camp programs.

  • Ability to communicate verbally and teach in Spanish;

  • Previous Camp Experience in a leadership role

  • Previous experience as a staff member at Keystone Science School;

  • Experience teaching in a K-12 classroom

  • Experience facilitating tent-camping and backcountry education programs;

  • Proficiency with Google Drive and CampSite camp management software.

Travel Expectations:

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.


Housing is not offered for this position.

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. 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.

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.

Availability:  Expected Hours: Average of 40 hours/week ; 60+ during Summer Camp season

How to Apply

To apply, please utilize the application portal found in the full job description
Posted on: December 5, 2022
Job Type: Seasonal
Job Starting Date:
April 3, 2023
Application Closing Date:
December 10, 2023
Job Salary Range:
967.00 to 1211.00
Years of Experience: 1 – 2 years
Population(s) Served: Youth - General
Job Category(ies): Summer Camp
Region(s): US