Short Term Program Instructor

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Dillon, CO
United States

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Program Overview and Job Summary:
Keystone Science School offers a range of programs that provide a balance of hands-on science activities, field-based exploration, and adventure all based upon themes including aquatic ecology, forest ecology, earth science, snow science, health, and nutrition. Programs can be hosted on the KSS campus, at a school location, or at a camping-based location for a duration of one day to seven days.

The Short Term Program Instructor is a teaching position responsible for teaching the wide variety of curricula options offered here at KSS. This position is an ongoing part-time opportunity with varying hours based on program needs. Programs can be scheduled for a variety of durations which range from 1-5 days in length.  Short Term Instructors may be responsible for lesson planning daily lessons, attending program trainings, facilitating programming, supporting programming, or completing other tasks as assigned. Short Term Instructors may also be responsible for the facilitation of meals, evening programs, and the completion of manual labor tasks on a rotating basis. 

Our ideal candidate will focus on the following areas of responsibilities:

  • 50% Teaching:
    • Short Term Instructors may be assigned instructor duties in which the employee is expected to facilitate programming as outlined by the program lead. Instruction duration, curriculum theme, location and expectations vary based on program. All lesson planning is to be performed by Short Term Program Instructors prior to their scheduled program. Scheduled instructors will receive a digital copy of the curriculum overview. Following the review of the curriculum overview the scheduled instructor will be invited to ask program managers about the specifics of the program. All lesson planning will happen on the scheduled instructors “own time.” 
    • Short Term Instructors may be assigned to various community programs where duties can range from facilitating afterschool, day, or overnight programs. Programs vary in facilitation and academic curriculum demands. 
  • 20% Grant Funded Programs
    • Assignments for grant funded programs range in academic and teambuilding facilitation 
  • 30% Support Staff Duties 
    • Short Term Instructors may be assigned to the facilitation of meals, teaching/leading evening programs, and completion of manual labor tasks. 

Program Instructor Specific Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proven ability to creatively develop science and education curricula and lesson plans;
  • Ability to adapt instruction and lessons to meet a wide variety of learners and schools utilizing different educational philosophies; 
  • Ability to be creative, adaptable, and flexible while managing students in a variety of situations;
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals and educational methods; 
  • Motivated to contribute positively to the KSS at-large community;
  •  First aid and CPR certifications, certain programs may require WFA or WFR to qualify for employment.

NOTICE TO ALL APPLICANTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The minimum requirements in knowledge, skills, and abilities for the candidate of our choice:

  • We require and expect this person to be 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 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 reports, correspondence, and procedure manuals with attention to detail;

In addition to the above required talents, our ideal candidate will have these preferred skillsets:

  • Spanish language skills.

Our travel expectations:

  • Limited travel throughout the state of Colorado depending on the program location.

Our required education, experience, and certifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree;
  • Minimum of one year of experience teaching students in an outdoor setting;
  • Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification upon start date;
  • Experience with risk management practices of the outdoor and environmental education industry;
  •  Excellent driving record and a valid driver’s license.

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 use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear; the employee frequently is required to sit. On occasion, the employee may be required to use hand and/or power tools, but only after receiving appropriate training and approval from the KSS repair technician. The employee is often required to stand or walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus.  Must have the ability to teach students in an outdoor environment throughout the entire year hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing carrying a backpack weighing up to 40 pounds.  

Our work environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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 occasionally works outside in various weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

How to Apply:

Provide the following documents through the KSS Online Application (visit the Employment Page at and complete the KSS General Application School or Community Employment Page


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.

Compensation Information:

Short Term Program Instructors are paid by the program. A typical pay rate starts at $13/hr. Increased pay will be determined by the program, experience and qualifications. Room & Board may also be available depending on the program location and duration.