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School Programs partners with public and private schools to bring science alive through investigations and research projects that incorporate innovative teaching methods and hands-on activities. We teach by academic theme, which means students will study earth science, forest ecology, aquatic ecology, weather and climate science, or snow science for the duration of their program. Instructors and Apprentices are the primary teachers for the school groups that visit Keystone Science School, and they are expected to plan lessons and facilitate programs, in addition to a wide variety of tasks outside of teaching. On a rotating basis, Instructors and Apprentices may be assigned to curriculum development, facilitation of meals, leading evening programs, and the completion of manual labor tasks. 

 

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School Programs Positions

School Programs hires throughout the year for a variety of positions. Residential positions are designed for individuals seeking employment or an apprenticeship for the entire school year (early-August through late-May), while Seasonal and Short-term Instructors provide support only during peak times. In the summer, Backcountry Program Instructors lead grant-funded backpacking trips throughout Colorado. Learn more about School Programs positions below.

School Year: Residential Postions

Master Program Instructor

Classification: Seasonal Full-time
Pay Status: Exempt
Dates of Employment: August 8, 2018 through May 31, 2019
Housing: Not available
Main areas of focus:
  • 50% Teaching;
  • 20% Curricula development;
  • 15% Program Apprentice management;
  • 15% Program logistics;
  • Other duties as assigned.
Our required education/experience/certifications:
  • Bachelor's or Associate's degree;
  • Current Wilderness First Reponder and CPR certificationm, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain before the first day of employment;
  • Medication Administration training and certification, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain before the first day of employment;
  • See job description for additional requirements and preferred skillsets.

Program Instructor

Classification: Seasonal Full-time
Pay Status: Exempt
Dates of Employment: August 8, 2018 through May 31, 2019
Housing: Housing is available (staff are encouraged to live on campus)
Main areas of focus:
  • 60% Teaching;
  • 15% Lesson planning and curricula development;
  • 15% Support staff duties;
  • 10% Long-term projects;
  • Other duties as assigned.
Our required education/experience/certifications:
  • Bachelor's or Associate's degree;
  • Current Wilderness First Reponder and CPR certificationm, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain before the first day of employment;
  • Medication Administration training and certification, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain before the first day of employment;
  • See job description for additional requirements and preferred skillsets.

Program Apprentice (Accelerated)

Classification: Not applicable
Pay Status: Stipdent
Dates of Employment: March 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018 AND August 8, 2018 - October 15, 2018 (Following completion of both acellerated Apprenticeship tiers, the Apprentice may apply for a Program Instructor position for the remainder of the 2018/19 school year.)
Housing: Housing is available at no cost and  Apprentices are encouraged to live on campus.
Program Overview: The KSS School Program Apprenticeship is an educational opportunity with the goal of providing Apprentices with the appropriate training needed to advance into the Program Instructor position. The program will allow Apprentices to explore topics of interest to them, and to develop their personal teaching approach. Program Apprentices will learn the practical and theoretical aspects of being a Program Instructor through on-the-job training, job shadowing, team-teaching, mentorship, and other professional development opportunities across KSS program areas.

Our required education/experience/certifications:

  • Bachelor's or Associate's degree;
  • Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain before
    the first day of employment;
  • See apprenticeship description for additional requirements and preferred skillsets.

Program Apprentice

Classification: Not applicable
Pay Status: Stipdent
Dates of Employment: August 8, 2018 through May 31, 2019 (exact dates TBD)
Housing: Housing is available at no cost and  Apprentices are encouraged to live on campus.
Program Overview: The KSS School Program Apprenticeship is an educational opportunity with the goal of providing Apprentices with the appropriate training needed to advance into the Program Instructor position. The program will allow Apprentices to explore topics of interest to them, and to develop their personal teaching approach. Program Apprentices will learn the practical and theoretical aspects of being a Program Instructor through on-the-job training, job shadowing, team-teaching, mentorship, and other professional development opportunities across KSS program areas.

Our required education/experience/certifications:
  • Bachelor's or Associate's degree;
  • Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain before
    the first day of employment;
  • See apprenticeship description for additional requirements and preferred skillsets.

School year: Seasonal & Short-term Positions

Spring Program Instructor

Classification: Seasonal Part-time
Pay Status: Exempt
Dates of Employment: May 1-11, 2018 and May 21-25, 2018; Candidates may choose to extend their term by applying to work for additional positions at KSS.
Housing: Yes. Housing is available for the entire month of May. Spring Program Instructors will only pay for Room and Board on days that they do not work programming for any KSS department, at a rate of $15.30/day not worked.
Main areas of focus:
  • 60% Teaching;
  • 15% Lesson planning and curricula development;
  • 15% Support staff duties;
  • 10% Other duties as assigned.
Our required education/experience/certifications:
  • Bachelor's or Associate's degree;
  • Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain before
    the first day of employment;
  • See job description for additional requirements and preferred skillsets.

Summer: Backcountry Positions

Short Term Backcountry Program Instructor

Classification: Seasonal Part-time
Pay Status: Exempt
Dates of Employment: The Short-term Backcountry Program Instructor must be able to work the following dates: June 18-22, 2018; June 25-29, 2018; and July 23-27, 2018. Training will begin in late May (exact dates TBD). Candidates may choose to extend their term by applying to work for additional positions at KSS.
Housing: Camping and meals are provided at no cost
Main areas of focus:
  • 75% Backpacking guide;
  • 25% Program logistics. support
Our required education/experience/certifications:
  • Bachelor's or Associate's degree;
  • Minimum of 1 trip leading/guiding professional experience in an outdoor setting;
  • Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and CPR certifications, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain before the first day of employment;
  • Medication Administration training and certification, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain before the first day of employment;
  • Experience with risk management practices of the outdoor and environmental education industry;
  • See job description for additional requirements and preferred skillsets.

Year Round, Full-time Positions

Short Term Backcountry Program Instructor

Classification: Full-time Regular
Pay Status: Exempt
Start Date: January 21, 2018
Housing: No
Job Summary: The Adventure Programs Lead Instructor primarily works with the School and Camp departments in residential, adventure, and wilderness based programs. The Adventure Programs Lead Instructor is primarily responsible for coordinating and executing trip itineraries, emergency action plans, permitting, and lesson planning. The Adventure Programs Lead Instructor is expected to develop and implement systems that will support programmatic growth for adventure programs. This position is responsible for planning daily lessons along with developing curriculum for programs. When the Adventure Lead Programs Instructor is not teaching or planning, they are expected to provide support during meals, evening programs, and work on campus projects. The Adventure Programs Lead Instructor will provide the necessary tools for Instructors to maintain a positive and safe environment for students during all adventure programs. They are also responsible for guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills.

Our required education/experience/certifications:

  • Adult leadership experience in an administrative or supervisory position at a camp or education facility;
  • 12 months of employed adult leadership experience with groups of children since attaining the age of 18;
  • Bachelor's or Associate's degree;
  • Candidates must complete a pre-employment physical exam;
  • Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and CPR certifications, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain before the first day of employment;
  • Medication Administration training and certification, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain before the first day of employment;
  • See job description for additional requirements and preferred skillsets.

 

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Employee Housing

Housing at Keystone Science School is simple and rustic (cabins/homes built between the 1890's and 1960's). School Programs staff will either live in a rustic cabin, or in a three bedroom house (Levy). While all housing units have electricity, Levy is the only house with running water, a bathroom, and a shower. The cabin occupants share the Levy bathroom, as well as the bathroom in Marmot (campus office building). Please note that all housing is chosen on a seniority basis.

  • All housing provides a private room, with a bed and dresser (additional furniture may be available depending on the unit);
  • There is a common living room, a staff refrigerator, and microwave in Levy;
  • Cabins are heated with small electric space heaters (with the exception of Levy, which has gas heat);
  • Wireless internet is available throughout campus;
  • Those with common cell phone providers (Verizon, Spring, AT&T, etc.) have consistent service.

 

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The Rives Dining Hall kitchen is not only a place where food is prepared for our participants, but it is also the personal kitchen for all Keystone Science School staff. Employees are welcome to enjoy the meals that the Chef has prepared for students, or use the kitchen to prepare their own foods. KSS provides basic food items (there is always ample fresh produce and staple ingredients), and staff may request special purchases within reason. Each month, program instructors also receive a $40.00 grocery gift card.

 

Housing is limited and often quite expensive in Summit County and the surrounding area. If you are planning to live off-site (or are interested in a position that does not offer housing), you should start looking for housing as soon as possible! We recommend the following sources for finding alternative housing in the area: 

 

Life in Summit County, Colorado

Located approximately 75 miles West of Denver, Summit County boasts an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities. About 80% of Summit County is public land managed by the US Forest Service, which provides the outdoor enthusiast with no shortage of skiing/riding, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, and other outdoor activities. There are several world class ski resorts in the area, including Arapahoe Basin and Keystone Resort just minutes up the road! Summit County is a popular tourist destination, but there is also a very welcoming community of year-round full-time residents. For more information about life in Summit County, check out the guide below.

Keystone Science School's Summit County Guide

  • Public Transportation: Summit County also has a FREE and reliable public bus system (the Summit Stage). Bus stops are conveniently located around the county in all the towns… Keystone, Dillon Silverthorne, Frisco Breckenridge, and Copper Mountain. Although it's about a 20-30 minute walk to nearest bus stop from campus, the Summit Stage provides access to ski resort, grocery stores, libraries, outlet stores, etc.
  • Grocery Stores: Keystone has two small convenience stores. Dillon has a City Market and Target. Frisco has a Wal-Mart, Safeway, Whole Foods Market, and Natural Grocers. Breckenridge has a City Market.
  • Other Stores: Silverthorne is home to the Outlets at Silverthorne, featuring Columbia, Under Armour, and Levis, among many other stores. Dillon is home to REI and Wilderness Sports, a local outdoor store that also sells consignment clothing and gear. Breckenridge has a Mountain Outfitters.
  • Thrift Stores: The FIRC (Family Intercultural Resource Center) Thrift Store and Rainbow’s End are in Dillon. There are also multiple thrift stores in Breckenridge.
  • Banks: Alpine Bank, Wells Fargo, US Bank, Credit Union of the Rockies, Bank of West, and 1st Bank.
  • Health Care: Anthony’s Summit Medical Care and Hospital, High Country Care, Summit Community Care Clinic.
  • Fast Food: There are lots of fast food options in Silverthorne including Subway, Noodles and Company, Wendy’s, Arby’s, Taco Bell, McDonalds, Burger King, Smash Burger, Qdoba, and Chipotle.
  • Bars, Restaurants and Nightlife: There are too many bars and restaurants to list! Each town in Summit County has a selection of bars, restaurants, and nightlife. Many KSS employees find it best to go out to eat during happy hours when drinks are cheaper and often food is half price. Several establishments have music. Throughout the year towns often host a wide variety of events free to the public which includes music, shows, and a variety of vendors.
  • Coffee: Every town in Summit County has a combination of chain and independent coffee shops. All have their own unique atmosphere and most have free WiFi for their patrons.
  • Laundry: There is a laundry system at the science school located in each of the dorm buildings for all staff living on campus. There is occasional a line of staff waiting to use the same machines.
  • Movies: Skyline Cinema 8 is large movie theatre located in Dillon and a smaller theater, the Speakeasy, hosting independent movies in Breckenridge. Red Box rental at City Market.
  • Hiking: National Forest Trails are located in and around Summit County. Popular mountain ranges include the Gore Range, Ten Mile Range, Front Range and Sawatch Range. Popular peaks to summit include Buffalo Mountain, Peak One, Quandary, Grays and Torrey’s, and Baldy.
  • Ski Resorts: Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Breckenridge, and Copper Mountain ski areas are all conveniently located in/near Summit County. Other resorts 40 – 120 minutes away include Vail, Beaver Creek, Steamboat Springs, Aspen and Winter Park. The majority of staff purchase a Vail Resorts season pass which includes Arapahoe Basin, Keystone and Breckenridge resorts.
  • Cross Country Skiing: Directly next to the Science School is the Keystone Nordic Track, which KSS is allowed to use free of charge. There are also many National Forest Trails located all over the county for cross-country skiing.
  • Ice Skating: An outdoor ice rink in located in Keystone Resort, a public outdoor rink in Silverthorne and indoor rink in Breckenridge.
  • Backcountry Huts: The 10th Mountain Division Huts and Summit County Hut System have many backcountry huts that you can hike or ski to for about $30/night. Reservations must be made in advance, and the School Programs team often does at least one trip together each year.
  • Recreation Centers: There are two Recreation Centers in the county. Breckenridge Recreation Center and Silverthorne Recreation Center, both have pools, workout rooms, and various classes. The Breckenridge Recreation Center also has an indoor rock climbing area.
  • Volunteering: There are over 100 non-profit organizations in Summit County providing a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to common questions from new and prospective employees about School Programs employment. If you have a question that isn't answered here, please contact the Human Resources Department at (970) 513-5815 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How will a position with KSS School Programs contribute to my professional development?

Whether you are hired as an Instructor or Apprentice, both positions promote professional and personal growth. In addition to lesson planning and curriculum development, Instructors and Apprentices benefit from weekly professional development sessions geared toward both teaching and overall professional growth. Long-term projects, a component of the KSS Instructor/Apprentice experience, also provide staff with the opportunity to further intellectually indulge in a special interest topic, adding to their professional skill set and the KSS legacy.

How many hours will I work each week? What will my schedule be like?

A day in the life of a School Programs Instructor: Typically, instruction begins at 9am and ends at 5pm, however evening hours may be required depending on the week. On-the-road programs may also require Instructors to work a more irregular schedule as they lead trips to exciting off-site locations throughout Colorado: Colorado National Monument, Rocky Mountain National Park, and State Forest State Park, to name a few. KSS strives to help every employee maintain balance between their professional and personal lives, so we aim to facilitate a 40 hour workweek. There may be occasions when instructors are asked to work additional hours to ensure the success of a program, and in these cases, instructors will work with their supervisor to maintain a balanced schedule.

Should I apply for the Program Instructor or Apprentice Position?

The program instructor position is a great fit for someone who feels confident in their outdoor/environmental education teaching and lesson planning abilities and is ready to take on these challenges at the start of the position. The apprentice program is best for individuals with some teaching experience who are looking for a training program to help prepare them for a career in outdoor/environmental education.

Where do most Instructors and Apprentice applicants come from?

We strive to hire instructors/apprentices from diverse backgrounds to create an atmosphere of complimentary and unique skills that all can benefit from through informal and formal trainings and interactions. With that said, instructors/apprentices hail from a variety of locations throughout the US.

What certifications are required for Program Instructor/Apprentice positions?

At a minimum, both Instructors and Apprentices must have a current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification before the first day of employment. Please check the job description to determine if a higher level certification (Wilderness First Responder) is required.

Will I be expected to create original curriculum for every science topic covered?

We will provide training and professional development opportunities to instructors and apprentices so that each individual has a foundation in the subjects covered throughout the school year. We also have a bank of activities and lesson plans from courses past that instructors and apprentices have access to. Each instructor is encouraged to exercise their individual creativity during lesson planning and while teaching.

Are Program Instructors and/or Apprentices expected to live on campus?

Program Instructors and Apprentices are encouraged to live on campus, though it is not required. We feel that this living arrangement fosters a unique and interconnected community of individuals and a tightknit culture. Due to limited housing availability, Master Instructors do not live on campus.

Is my partner and/or pet permitted to live on campus with me?

Partners and dependents are permitted to live on campus. Please consult with the School Program Director or Staff Manager if you wish to obtain more information regarding roommates or dependents.

With prior approval from the Program Director, KSS staff can have dogs reside in their home on KSS campus. No other pets are permitted. Dog owners must abide by the KSS Dog Policy and pay a one-time $100 pet deposit. You may bring your partner, but there is an additional fee.

 

Ready to find yourself at the heart of Science. Adventure. Fun? View current job opportunities and submit your application. All applications will require a Cover Letter, Resume, and 3 References. For more info, please contact the Human Resources Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (970) 513-5815.