Keystone Science School Discovery Adventures and Discovery Expeditions are designed to build a
novice’s skill and excitement to explore the outdoors. Discovery Adventures are 6-day car camping programs designed to expose students to the possibilities of outdoor recreation. Discovery Expeditions are 6-day backpacking programs designed to build competency in outdoor living and leadership skills. The unique locations for our Expeditions cater well to place-based environmental education as students explore beautiful landscapes and ecosystems. We believe that students can utilize lessons learned on an Expedition in their future including: relationships with friends, projects at school, and future work opportunities.

The Expedition Instructor is responsible for planning and facilitating curriculum and activities during field-based programs. The Expedition Instructor is familiar with the daily schedule, risk management practices, emergency action plans, and the overall energy of Expedition programs. They are responsible for guiding students in their personal growth and daily living skills. Expedition Instructors also manage logistics and packing for off-site programs on a rotating basis. Expedition 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.

Main areas of focus:
• 75% Teaching and facilitating programming;
• 15% Lesson planning and curriculum development;
• 10% Support staff duties (e.g. facilitation of meals, set up/clean up, transportation, student free time).

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Instruction and Guiding, Mountaineering Skills


● Experience leading/guiding participants in a wilderness/backcountry setting (minimum of 5 overnight trips);
● Prior experience working with school-age children: at least three (3) months (460 hours) of full- time or equivalent part-time satisfactory and verifiable experience with school-age children;
● Experience with risk management practices of the outdoor education industry;
● Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and CPR certifications, from an approved vendor, or the ability to obtain

Required Skills:

● Have an interest in, respect for, and ability to work with children in a backcountry setting;
● Have an interest in, respect for, and ability to work with people with diverse backgrounds, opinions, beliefs, abilities, and experience;
● Proven ability to develop and facilitate science, diversity & inclusion, leadership, and risk management lessons;
● Ability to adapt instruction and lessons to meet a wide variety of learners utilizing different educational philosophies;
● Ability to be creative, adaptable,

Preferred Skills:

• Ability to communicate verbally and teach in Spanish;
• Previous experience driving with a trailer;
• Extensive experience on personal backcountry trips.

About Keystone Science School

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!

Application Instructions

Please submit the Employment Application 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 [email protected]