Have fun this summer and work for an environmental organization by teaching youth in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. BookTrails is an exciting organization that offers unique early-education programs promoting environmental awareness taught through reading, writing, and art. We are seeking Outdoor Reading Guides to join our summer programming team for BookTrails Camp. Outdoor Reading Guides will gain experience in many sectors of the organization—administration and organization, camp logistics and planning, and most importantly, teaching literacy and environmental education in an outdoor setting. They will work with the Outdoor Science Guides to teach camp lessons, plan and schedule activities, and supervise a team of interns. Staff will also get to spend a few weeks at our overnight camp location, as well as camping trips and rafting trips with the campers throughout Northern Colorado. An unforgettable experience is guaranteed, as well as an excellent spring-board towards your next career choice. Spend your summer exploring the beautiful Colorado wilderness while teaching children and providing them with a nature experience of a lifetime


-Create, prepare, and lead literacy activities and lessons for school-aged children that relate to camp themes
-Co-organize logistical aspects of the day, including transportation needs and planning special field trips, along with the Outdoor Science Guide
-Provide one-on-one reading and writing help for students
-Communicate with the director about issues and updates relating to: staff, campers, logistics, parents, emergencies/ safety issues, etc
-Communicate with parents about their child’s successes and progress, as well as any behavioral issues
-Assist with morning and afternoon sign-in/out
-Act as a mentor/ supervisor for our team of 4 interns along with the Outdoor Science Guide

Tagged as: Teaching/Education



-Experience working with children, ages 3-15, preferably in an outdoor setting-
-Must be comfortable managing groups of children up to 5, in an outdoor setting
-Must be a team player, problem solver, high energy, and FLEXIBLE
-Strong knowledge of Colorado ecosystems
-Strong reading and writing skills and a passion for literature-
-Must possess strong organizational and communication skills
-Must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college

Required Skills:


-Must be able to reside in Steamboat Springs from June 1 -August 8th. Housing not included.
-Must be able to overnight camp at our site for 4 nights/week during some weeks (Covid-permitting).
-Must love the outdoors and be comfortable with overnight camping for multiple nights in a primitive campsite.
-Must be able to attend our Camp Clean-Up Days on June 7th and August 7th.

About BookTrails

BookTrails’ mission is to foster literacy in all people and promote access to literacy programs for all children.  BookTrails aims to design programs that create new ways to experience the joys of reading and writing through experiential learning.

The Organization shall be operated in a cooperative manner and upon principles applicable to cooperative corporations, associations, and non-profit organizations. In this regard, goals of the Organization shall include:

1. BookTrails will provide literacy education in the communities for which we serve.

2. BookTrails will identify literacy education needs in our communities and create programs to address those needs.

3. BookTrails will use reading and writing as tools to teach place-based lessons, centered around the heritage, culture, environment, and history of the area.

4. BookTrails will strive to ensure that every local child has the opportunity to participate in BookTrails programs.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit the following to [email protected] (include “BookTrails Outdoor Reading Guide” in subject line): Resume Cover letter Three written references, two being from someone who has witnessed you working with children. Use your application materials to explain your interest in BookTrails and its mission; please highlight any exposure you have to the wilderness areas and the dates of your availability or any exceptions to the qualifications.