The KSS Community
The staff at Keystone Science School truly lives our mission and our motto (Science, Adventure, and Fun!), with a special focus on “Adventure” and “Fun.” During work hours, members of our team bring real passion to their projects, with the common goal of increasing access to the outdoors and the many things that can be learned through outdoor education.
Staff have personal and professional backgrounds that contribute to a diverse range of perspectives and ideas. Our hometowns are located across the US with some coming from outside the United States. Many have backgrounds as camp counselors or outdoor guides, and many have spent time being campers or teaching at Keystone Science School. Our collective resume includes marketing, hospitality, journalism, graphic design, and much within the outdoor industry. Staff with camper-aged children send their kids to camp almost every summer and some come all summer long.
A Day in the life
Walk into the office on a Monday morning and you’ll likely hear recounting of weekend adventures: 40-mile mountain bike rides, rock-climbing expeditions, kids’ first day on skis, backcountry skiing, 14er and 13er summits, or just relaxing time on the lake. Staff invite each other to downhill biking at the resort in the summer and uphill skin sessions at Keystone or Arapahoe Basin in the mornings before work in the winter. Most Tuesdays you’ll find a group of us participating in trivia at a local restaurant (team names have included “Assorted Cookies” and “Moo.”). We recently were gifted a miniature ping-pong table that sits upstairs in “the Treehouse,” from which you can now and then hear an intense game being played (but have no fear, games are paused when they become too distracting for everyone else in the office.)
We do our best to work as one team. When needed, the administrative staff jumps in to help working in programs, and the programs team will jump in and work on administrative tasks. This means we get an opportunity to work across areas and get to know the inner workings of KSS. Come summer time, we try to make sure that everyone in admin either shadows or takes part in summer staff training and camp programming to ensure we don’t lose touch with programming.
We at Keystone Science School believe in what we do and feel thankful to be in such a magical place all year long.