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Our Mission

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  • Keystone Science School educates youth and adults to broaden perspectives and foster appreciation for engaged citizenship.
  • We accomplish this through meaningful and collaborative learning experiences in the natural mountain environment…
  • ...that incorporate nonbiased scientific inquiry, leadership development, civic engagement and academic rigor.

Our Vision

By 2020, Keystone Science School will reach beyond its 23-acre campus to bring high-quality science and sustainability programming and experiences to diverse communities across the country. With upgraded energy efficient facilities for faculty and participants, KSS envisions enhanced program offerings, increased community partnerships, and broader funding opportunities.  KSS’s leadership in the industry will be recognized and our staff sought after to provide guidance in the areas of science and outdoor education, partnership development, and financial sustainability.

Our Values

We change lives.     We foster open, honest relationships.     We strive for excellence.     We find joy in teaching and learning.     We ask questions and seek solutions.     We are accountable.   

Program Areas

Explore Keystone Science School’s four exciting program areas. Marketing and development, operations, kitchen, and administrative positions are also available. View all employment opportunities here. 

Camp Program

Square CampKeystone Science School is proud to offer a range of camp programs for kids ages 5-17 that provide a balance of hands-on science, traditional camp fun, and a true Colorado adventure! Options include summer-long day camps, multi-day residential sessions, specialty camps, and leadership programs for teens. Hiring typically begins in December for the upcoming Summer season.

Learn more about Camp Employment.

School Programs

Square CampKeystone Science School is proud to provide public and private schools with unique field trips which combine Science, Adventure, and Fun! School Programs staff bring science alive through informal investigations and research projects that incorporate innovative teaching methods and hands-on activities. Within the School Programs department, there are many teaching opportunities available, depending on the candidate's experience and availability. Many Program Instructors live on-site at Keystone Science School's history 23-acre campus, for a duration of one season or an entire school year.  Keystone Science School's Apprenticeship provides an educational opportunity with the goal of training future KSS Program Instructors while allowing apprentices to explore topics of interest to them as they develop their personal teaching approach.

Learn more about School Programs Employment.

Community Programs

Square CommunityKeystone Science School's Community Programs department offers a range of programs for children and adults that provide a balance of hands-on science, field-based exploration, and adventure, all based on scientific themes, teambuilding, or outdoor education. School-based programs include the Afterschool Program and Summer CATCH Camp programs, which use the Coordinated Approach to Child Health curriculum to promote healthy physical activity and eating behaviors in children.

Learn more about Community Programs Employment and Volunteer Opportunities.

Educator Programs

Square EducatorDesigned for teachers seeking a fresh approach to teaching STEM principles, Educator Programs conducts national trainings featuring interdisciplinary, hands-on, inquiry-based curricula on a variety of issues relevant to today's communities. Teacher receive re-licensure credit and are integrated into a valuable network of fellow educators.

 

What You'll Love About KSS

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    Historic Campus
    in the Rocky Mountains

    Our historic 23-acre campus is located at 9,200 feet on the site of Old Keystone Village in Keystone, Colorado. Facilities include modern log-style dormitories, a central dining hall, an outdoor amphitheater, a state-of-the-art observatory, and a geothermal field.
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    Generous Vacation, Holiday,
    and Sick Time Off

    Year-round employees earn generous time off benefits: up to 3 weeks of paid vacation, 10 holidays, and 96 hours of sick time during their first year. Seasonal Full-time Program Instructors receive 18 paid Holidays, 2+ Vacation Days, and sick time. 
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    Birthdays, Community Service,
    and Powder Days!

    The Executive Director will determine and communicate when employees will be eligible to take up to 4 hours off work on days when Summit County has reported amounts of 6” or more of snow, with a supervisors’ approval! Full-time Regular employees will receive a day off on their birthday day, and 8 paid hours to volunteer at a non-profit organization or school of the employee’s choice.
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    The Outdoor Classroom

    Our campus serves as the ultimate outdoor laboratory and is the home base for our diverse suite of programs. KSS staff can also be found teaching and leading trips throughout Summit County, and at some of the most spectacular sites in Colorado: Colorado National Monument, Rocky Mountain National Park, and State Forest State Park, to name a few.
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    We Change Lives

    The employees of Keystone Science School collectively work for the Mission, and truly live the Vision and Values! It’s a lofty claim, but we know that people are impacted through their experiences at Keystone Science School. Our lives have been transformed and we inspire others to reflect, grow and change as well.
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    The Hot Pink Gorilla

    The Hot Pink Gorilla (HPG for short) is a mythical and magical creature who inspires inquiry, curiosity, and learning. The momentary flash of hot pink fur never fails to cause excitement and inspire campers, teachers, and students to look for clues into the nature and habits of the amazing HPG.
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    Summit County, Colorado

    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 recreation activities. There are several world class ski resorts in the area, including Arapahoe Basin and Keystone Resort just minutes up the road! For more info about life in Summit County, check out the local Summit Daily News.
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    Open Kitchen

    We have what we call an "open kitchen", which means that campus-based staff are welcome to eat whatever prepared foods and ingredients are available, up to 1 meal per workday. Our incredible Chefs often spoil the team with BBQ from the smoker and spicy coconut curry!
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    Employee Housing

    While employee housing is rustic (there is no running water in most buildings on campus), we offer one of the most affordable options in Summit County, an area where housing is notoriously hard to find. Generally, housing is only available for Seasonal, Short Term Staff, and Apprentices, and select Summer Camp staff receive free room and board! Contact Human Resources for more info.

Want a glimpse into the magic of working at KSS? Check out our 2017 Camp music video below! 

 

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.