Day Camp Curriculum Specialist
Camp Programs, Camp Programs
  • Full Time
Seasonal

Day Camp Curriculum Specialist

Job Description

2021 

Job Title: Day Camp Curriculum Specialist

Employment Class: Seasonal Part-time

Pay Status/Range: Exempt, $110-122 per day

Schedule: 5 to 6 days per week

Dates of Employment: May 10, 2021 - August 14, 2021

Reports To: Programs Manager

Housing Available: Yes

Number of Positions Available: 1

 

At Keystone Science School, we believe that the power of inspiring curiosity and critical thinking, through the lens of science, changes lives and strengthens communities. We create future leaders who can problem solve and work together in an ever-evolving world and workplace environment.

 

Located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Keystone Science School’s historic campus serves as base camp for our diverse suite of inquiry-based learning programs. We combine hands-on science education with outdoor adventure to create engaging experiences for our students. At KSS, we change lives, we bring fun and laughter to everything we do, we care about each other and those we serve, we strive for excellence, we offer competitive compensation and generous benefits, and we are committed to serving students from diverse backgrounds. We’re proud to be Summit County’s #1 Best Non-Profit and #2 Best Place to Work (2019)! Visit KeystoneScienceSchool.org to learn more! 

 

Program Overview and Job Summary

KSS offers day camp programming based out of various sites around Summit County, for local and visiting children grades Kindergarten through 8th. Programming is age specific and full day, offering educational and recreational activities with weekly science and adventure themes.  Each week, campers will participate in hands-on activities, local hikes, arts and crafts, games, leadership, literacy, community building and much more!

 

The Day Camp Curriculum Specialist is a position dedicated to planning, coordinating, and supporting the daily curriculum and activities for each session of Day Camp. This includes training other instructors on the curriculum themes, group management techniques, facilitating styles, and providing instructors with necessary curriculum materials each day.  This position will collaborate with the Overnight Programs Curriculum Specialist to ensure alignment and consistency of themes and activities. The Day Camp Curriculum Specialist will be expected to adhere to dynamic health guidance and policy set forth by KSS while working with children during a global pandemic, which may include living with other Instructors in a communal living environment.

 

 

 

The Day Camp Curriculum Specialist will act as one of the primary substitutes for all KSS summer program areas, including Day Camp, Discovery Camp, and Discovery Adventures. This position will also act in a support capacity for any onsite or offsite programs as needed. 

 

Main areas of focus:

  • 70% Lesson planning and curriculum development;
  • 20% Teaching / facilitating;
  • 10% Support Staff duties (e.g. check-in/out, cleaning, staff meetings, etc.).

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepare daily schedules, lessons, activities, and materials for each session of programming;
  • Maintain organization of curriculum and resources, including check-out and check-in of all materials;
  • Plan, prepare, and teach age appropriate activities;
  • Maintain high standards of health and safety, and follow Risk Management policies in all activities;
  • Actively interact with and engage children during KSS programs;
  • Gather and submit pictures and videos to reflect the experience children have during KSS programs;
  • Set up before children arrive and clean up after children depart from program campus;
  • Maintain storage of all KSS equipment, including teaching materials, gear, keys, toys, etc.;
  • Attend and help facilitate all staff meetings and trainings as assigned;
  • Drive a 15-passenger van and successfully complete Van Driver Training;
  • Facilitate and complete set up/take down projects at the end of every Day Camp session as assigned;
  • Abide by and uphold the policies and procedures set forth by KSS;
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – Minimum Requirements

  • Experience creating lesson plans and curriculum for children grades K-8.
  • Ability to adapt instruction and lessons to meet a wide variety of learners utilizing different educational philosophies;
  • Have an interest in, respect for, and ability to work with children;
  • Have an interest in, respect for, and ability to work with people with diverse backgrounds, opinions, beliefs, abilities, and experience;
  • Strong work ethic and will work until the job is complete;
  • Ability to be creative, adaptable, and flexible while managing children in a variety of situations;
  • Motivation to contribute positively to the KSS at-large community;
  • Interpret a variety of instructions provided in written or verbal form;
  • Multi-task efficiently while managing a high-volume workload in a fast-paced, changing environment;
  • Superior customer service skills;
  • Demonstrate the ability to be creative and think 'outside the box';
  • Strong command of communication, writing, and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work in a busy environment with many distractions;
  • Write incident reports and lesson plans with attention to detail.

 

Required Education, Experience, and Certifications

  • Candidates will be asked to provide verification of one of the following: (A) 4 year college degree with a major such as recreation, education with a specialty in art, elementary education or early childhood education, or a subject in the human services field; (B) 2 years of college training + 6 months (960 hours) of experience in the care and supervision of 4 or more children since attaining the age of 18;
  • Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain before the first day of employment.
  • Excellent driving record and a valid driver's license; Candidates age 21+ with a minimum of 5 years driving experience will be required to participate in and pass Van Driver Training, and they will be required to drive a 15-passenger van;
  • Must be able to successfully pass a comprehensive background check.

 

Preferred Skills

  • Ability to communicate verbally and teach in Spanish;
  • Formal education experience (classroom teaching or education certification/degree);
  • Proficiency with Google Drive and CampSite camp management software.

 

Travel Expectations

In many situations, KSS will provide transportation to satellite programming locations. However, staff may be asked to use personal vehicles to travel within Summit County. Any travel mileage outside Summit County may be reimbursed.

 

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 sit; use hands and fingers to feel, handle, or hold objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. The employee often stands for up to 16 hours per day, but may be required to stand longer in emergency situations. The employee must be able to lift and carry at least 40 pounds for an extended duration. The employee is frequently required to travel for extended periods over rugged terrain. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

 

 

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position requires the employee to work in close contact with their teammates and children. Staff will be expected to adhere to dynamic health guidance and policy set forth by KSS while working with children during a global pandemic. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but varies seasonally due to programs and staffing on campus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee often works outside and drives vehicles in various weather conditions.

 

Accommodations

Housing and food are provided at no additional cost. A housing deposit may be collected.

 

Ready to find yourself at the heart of Science. Adventure. Fun? Apply now!

Please submit the Employment Application (Seasonal Positions) found at KeystoneScienceSchool.org/Employment. All applications will require a cover letter, resume, and 3 references. In your cover letter, please indicate your desired salary/wage. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. For more information, please contact the Human Resources department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Equal Employment Opportunity

Keystone Science School is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a wide variety of backgrounds. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type, without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, religion, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

 

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