Assistant Director of Reading on Ranches Camp

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Saturday, April 1, 2017, 5:00pm



Steamboat Springs, CO
United States

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Assistant Director of Reading on Ranches Camp

Position summary:  

Have fun this summer and work for an environmental organization by teaching youth in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. BookTrails is an exciting organization that offers unique early-education programs promoting environmental awareness taught through reading, writing, and art. We are seeking Assistant Directors to join our summer programming team for Reading on Ranches Camp.  Assistant Directors will gain experience in all sectors of the organization—administration and organization, camp logistics and planning, and most importantly, teaching environmental education in an outdoor setting.  They will work with the Director to facilitate camp lessons, scheduling, and supervise a team of interns.  Staff will also have the opportunity to spend a few weeks at our overnight camp location, as well as camping trips and rafting trips with the campers throughout Northern Colorado. An unforgettable experience is guaranteed, as well as an excellent spring-board towards your next career choice. Spend your summer exploring the beautiful Colorado wilderness while helping children have the nature experience of a lifetime.

Specific Duties:

  • Act as second-in-command and complete director duties when director is not present
  • Organize logistical aspects of the camp day.
  • Assist with paperwork and camp check-in/out.
  • Supervise our team of staff--manage responsibilities, scheduling, and communication.  
  • Create and lead activities for school-aged children, including curriculum development and planning for camp programming.
  • Provide one-on-one reading and writing help for students.
  • Help with transportation needs and planning special field trips around the area--logistical planning.


  • Experience working with children, ages 3-15, preferably in an outdoor setting
  • Experience managing employees or acting as a supervisor in a professional setting
  • Must be comfortable managing groups of children up to 5, in an outdoor setting
  • Must be a team player, problem solver, high energy, and FLEXIBLE
  • Strong knowledge of Colorado ecosystems 
  • Must have strong reading and writing skills and a passion for literature
  • Must possess strong organizational and communication skills
  • Must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college
  • Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive vans and trailers
  • Superior organizational and time management skills are crucial to excelling in this position. Individuals who are receptive to close-collaboration in a fast-paced environment and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously will be assets to the organization. Ideal candidates are dedicated individuals who seek to grow as professionals and develop supportive relationships with colleagues.     


  • Must be able to reside in Steamboat Springs from June 1st-August 13th.  Housing not included.
  • Must be able to overnight camp at our site for 4 nights/week during some weeks.  
  • Must love the outdoors and be comfortable with overnight camping for multiple nights in a primitive campsite.  


  • $4,800 salary for the period of June 1st-August 13th. Assistant Directors can make additional salary by starting earlier in the season to help prepare for the start of camp.  ADs work Monday-Friday, 8am-5:30pm and will include nights at our overnight sight.  No camp is held on weekends except preparations needed for camp on Monday. 
  • Opportunity to continue with organization after summer
  • Discount at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and access to other pro deals for gear
  • Invaluable learning experience in fields of natural ecology, local Colorado history, and early-childhood education, fun camping trips!
  • Excellent resume builder and references—opportunity to continue with organization.


How to Apply:

Applicants should submit the following to  (include “BookTrails Assistant Director” in subject line): 

  • Resume 
  • Cover letter 
  • Two written references, one being someone who has witnessed you working with children.

Use your application materials to explain your interest in BookTrails and its mission; please highlight any exposure you have to the wilderness areas and the dates of your availability or any exceptions to the qualifications.  Your cover letter should explain the skills, experience, and interest that qualify you to fulfill the expectations outlined above.