Summer CATCH Camp Internship
Department: School-Based Programs
Pay Status: Nonexempt; $14/hour
Expected Hours: 40 hours/week
Dates of Internship: May 28, 2019 – August 16, 2019
Reports To: School-Based Programs Manager
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! Our historic 23-acre campus, located at 9,200 feet in Keystone, Colorado, serves as the ultimate outdoor laboratory and is the home base for our diverse suite of outdoor education 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 www.KeystoneScienceSchool.org to learn more!
Program Overview and Job Summary:
Summer CATCH Camp is full-day Monday through Friday program offered to Summit School District elementary students entering grades 1-5. The Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) curriculum is a nationwide initiative designed to promote healthy physical activity and eating behaviors in children, and it is aimed to equip children with the knowledge and skills to make healthy decisions, all while having fun! Through engaging activities and off-site adventures, including swimming, fishing, tumbling, scavenger hunts, tennis, and biking, Summer CATCH campers will learn as they play, develop new skills, and make friends.
Keystone Science School’s Summer CATCH Camp Internship is a developmental opportunity with the goal of mentoring future outdoor/experiential education or nonprofit professionals. The internship is based on a three-tiered approach to include hands-on learning through work experience, mentoring, and training/professional development opportunities.
- The Work Experience: The Summer CATCH Camp Facilitator is responsible for leading daily programs and implementing the camp curriculum. Essential duties include group management, assisting with curriculum design, implementation and oversight, managing day to day program schedules and timeline, snack preparation, and administrative tasks including: tracking participant attendance, parent sign-in and out, surveys, participant communication, and assisting with student transportation
- Mentoring: Interns will receive regular performance feedback and coaching from their Program Manager and Coordinator. Summer CATCH Camp Interns will participate in job shadowing, team-teaching, and solo teaching.
- The Learning Experience: Summer CATCH Camp Interns will participate in 2 weeks of staff training, during which the Intern will become familiar with curriculum, program logistics, and risk management policies. Throughout the summer, Interns are invited to weekly presentations/conversations with KSS leaders covering the following topics:
- Nonprofit leadership
- Grant writing/fundraising
- Marketing/brand management
- Curriculum & lesson planning
- Risk management
- Career development
Hours & Schedule
This Internship averages approximately 40 hours per week. Programming begins at 8:15am and concludes at 5pm Monday through Friday. Summer CATCH Camp Interns may be scheduled anytime between 7:45am and 6pm, Monday through Friday for the program dates as listed below. Staff Training is required.
- Staff Training:
- May 28-31st, June 3-7, 2019, (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)
- Program Dates (Monday-Friday):
- Session 1: June 10-June 28, 2019
- Session 2: July 8-July 26, 2019
- Session 3: July 29-August 16, 2019
Our ideal candidate will focus on the following essential duties and responsibilities:
- Main areas of focus:
- 80% Program facilitation and group management;
- 10% Activity and curriculum planning;
- 5% Snack preparation;
- 5% Administrative tasks.
- Plan, prepare, and teach grade appropriate curricula;
- Emphasis on daily program facilitation of camp curriculum to a diverse group of elementary aged participants;
- Assist with curriculum design, implementation, oversight, and administrative duties;
- Work collaboratively and professionally with a varied group of colleagues;
- Prepare snack using safe food handling procedures;
- Interact with program participants and families with a high level of energy, enthusiasm, and professionalism;
- Communicate clearly and effectively to express concerns and needs to Program Manager and Lead Coordinator;
- Supervise and maintain high standards of health and safety, and follow Risk Management policies in all activities;
- Participate in and pass Van Driver Training, and drive program participants in a 15-passenger van;
- Abide by and uphold the policies and procedures set forth by KSS;
- Other duties as assigned.
The minimum requirements in knowledge, skills, and abilities for the candidate of our choice:
- Have an interest in, respect for, and ability to work with children;
- 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 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 incident reports and lesson plans with attention to detail.
Our required education, experience, and certifications:
- Candidates will be asked to provide verification of 460 hours of experience working with school-age children;
- Experience with group facilitation in an active and dynamic learning environment;
- Must be at least 18 years of age or older;
- Current First Aid and CPR certifications, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain before the first day of employment;
- Must be able to successfully pass a comprehensive background check.
In addition to the above required talents, our ideal candidate will have these preferred skillsets:
- Experience working with school-aged children or leading groups in camp style activities;
- Professional or personal experience with nutrition, health, movement, and recreation;
- Comprehension of the Spanish language via written and/or verbal form;
- Experience working with persons with special needs;
- Excellent driving record and a valid driver’s license;
- Desired computer skills include proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.), Google Drive, and Adobe.
Programming will be held at Silverthorne Elementary where Summer CATCH Camp Interns will be required to report to work. If the Intern is over the age of 21 and meets KSS driver requirements, they will be required to operate a 15 passenger van to transport campers and gear to off-site field trips.
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 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 is occasionally required to sit for extended periods of time, stand and walk. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. Swimming, biking, hiking, and participation in other physical activities and sport are requirements of this position.
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 frequently works outside in various weather conditions.
Ready to find yourself at the heart of Science. Adventure. Fun? Apply now!
Please submit the Employment Application (Seasonal Positions) found at KeystoneScienceSchool.org/Employment. All applications require a cover letter, resume, and 3 references. The application deadline for this position is Friday, March 15, 2019, however positions are open until filled. For more information, please contact the Human Resources department at [email protected].
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.