Day Camp Lead Instructor
Camp Programs, Camp Programs
  • Full Time

Day Camp Lead Instructor

Job Description


Job Title: Day Camp Lead Instructor

Employment Class: Seasonal Part-time

Pay Status/Range: Exempt, $105-117 per day

Schedule: 5 to 6 days per week

Dates of Employment: May 19, 2021 - August 14, 2021

Reports To: Programs Manager

Housing Available: Yes (first come, first serve)

Number of Positions Available: 4


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 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 Lead Instructor is a teaching position responsible for facilitating a wide variety of curricula and activities and leading a small group of instructors at an offsite programming location. They are the primary caregiver for each child attending programming and are responsible for guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills. Day Camp Instructors 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.


Lead Instructors will need to be familiar with the daily schedule, attendance, and logistics of the Day Camp program. This position is responsible for upholding childcare licensing standards at each of the designated program locations.


Main areas of focus:

  • 65% Teaching/Facilitating;
  • 15% Support Staff duties (e.g. taking photos of campers, check-in/out, cleaning, knowledge of space);
  • 10% Coaching and staff support (leading daily check-ins with staff, coaching and feedback at the end of the day).
  • 5% Lesson planning and curriculum development;
  • 5% Administrative tasks (collecting schedules, point of contact to Customer Experience team);


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain quality programming by focusing on program development, delegation, implementation, training, and evaluation;
  • Oversee the successful execution of logistic and operational tasks for Day Camp programs, which includes but is not limited to: schedules, attendance, parent newsletters, camper med forms, health checks; etc.;
  • Mentor, motivate, and inspire the Day Camp team of Instructors at each site;
  • Assign task-based projects to Instructors and ensure completion by the given deadline;
  • Plan, prepare, and teach age appropriate activities;
  • Lead in behavior camper behavior management;
  • Supervise up to 10 children each day—there could be up to 20 children at a given location;
  • Maintain high standards of health and safety, and follow Risk Management policies in all activities;
  • Actively interact with and engage children during KSS programs;
  • Provide an electronics-free experience for all children and enforce an electronics-aware environment with Instructors;
  • 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

  • Desire to lead a small group of instructors and gain administrative experience and be the point of contact for a day camp location;
  • 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 adapt instruction and lessons to meet a wide variety of learners utilizing different educational philosophies;
  • 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 (910 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;
  • Age 21+ with a minimum of 5 years driving experience, excellent driving record, and a valid driver's license.;
  • Must be able to successfully pass a comprehensive background check.


Preferred Skills

  • Ability to communicate verbally and teach in Spanish;
  • 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.



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 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.