Job Title: Discovery Overnight Camp Head Counselor
Department: Camp Programs
Dates of Employment: May 20, 2024 – August 17, 2024
Expected Schedule: 6+ days per week
Reports To: Program Managers; Assistant Managers
Housing Available: Yes (staff are required to live on campus)
Compensation: $600 per week base rate, 10% boost for Spanish speakers, 3% boost for returning camp staff.
Program Overview and Job Summary
KSS offers a range of programs that balance hands-on science activities, field-based exploration, and adventure programming. Curriculum themes include but are not limited to: environmental science (aquatic ecology, forest ecology, earth science, snow studies, winter ecology, weather and climate), leadership, community building, STEM, outdoor skills, and health. Keystone Science School’s Overnight Camp programs combine weekly curriculum themes with traditional summer activities like hiking, camping, songs, skits, archery, and more! Campers stay overnight in dorms or canvas tents.
The Discovery Camp Head Counselor works with the Overnight camp program. This position is responsible for planning, teaching, coordinating, and facilitating a wide variety of summer program activities in conjunction with the other Discovery Camp Head Counselors and the Discovery Overnight Camp Leads. This position is the primary caregiver for each child in their assigned living space. They are also responsible for guiding children in their personal growth and daily living skills. Head Counselors will also coach, mentor and provide constructive feedback to Discovery Camp counselors. It is the responsibility of the Discovery Overnight Camp Head Counselor to be completely familiar with the daily schedule, the client room, cabin and tent assignments, and the overall energy of the Overnight program.
Main areas of focus:
80% Teaching and Facilitation
10% Support staff duties (e.g. facilitation of meals, setup/clean up, transportation, student free time).
10% Staff coaching and mentorship.
Candidates will be asked to provide verification of 460 hours of experience working with school-age children;
Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain before the first day of employment;
Age 20+ with an excellent driving record and a valid driver's license;
Must be able to successfully pass a comprehensive background check.
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;
Ability to create an inclusive learning environment for students from a wide range of backgrounds;
Experience with risk management practices of the outdoor and environmental education industry;
Ability to communicate verbally and teach in Spanish;
Proficiency with Google Drive and CampSite camp management software.
About Keystone Science School
With the outdoors as a backdrop for learning, Keystone Science School inspires curiosity and critical thinking through the lens of science to change lives and strengthen communities. KSS offers a variety of adventure and traditional camp activities within a structured environment designed to allow each camper and participant to understand their potential. In all programs, campers and participants will create lifelong friendships, explore and learn about the natural world, and gain leadership and wilderness skills. For more information go to keystonescienceschool.org
With a staff that cares deeply about social justice and racial justice, we believe that diverse perspectives and backgrounds create a rich work environment and enhance our ability to pursue our mission. We are committed to building an organization with raised consciousness in order to impact how we work with clients, as well as how we work together as a team.