Lead Program Instructors will be team leaders and facilitate overnight outdoor education field trips during the school year.

During the school year the Lead Program Instructor is responsible for teaching the wide variety of curricula options offered by KSS. Program Instructors will lead groups of up to 13 students in outdoor education programs including environmental science and team building curriculum. Program Instructors are responsible for lesson planning and organizing curriculum for each program. They are also responsible for the facilitation of meals, evening programs, possible off site/camping based programs, and the completion of manual labor tasks on a rotating basis. Lead Program Instructors will be the liaison between instructors and schools during their trip, mentoring program instructors, and other leadership duties. Schedule is typically 5 days per week and includes some nights and weekends.

Main areas of focus:

50% Teaching

20% Lesson planning and curriculum organization

25% Support staff duties (e.g. facilitation of meals, evening programs, and completion of manual labor tasks)

5% Mentor and train instructors

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Lead Instructor duties include, but are not limited to:

Give feedback to and mentor seasonal instructors

Lead programs and be the liaison between instructors and lead teacher

Develop curriculum in collaboration with program manager, coordinator, and instructors

Plan and implement logistics of programming

Manage and teach a group of up to 13 K-12 students on their own

Plan, prepare, and teach appropriate environmental education curricula

Facilitate team building, leadership, and social emotional learning activities

Program facilitation includes ‘support staff’ duties such as teaching evening programs, campus cleaning, meal set-up and clean-up and on-call responsibilities

Attend and help facilitate all staff meetings and trainings as assigned

Prepare and lead trainings for all instructors

Possibly stay in dorms with students for one or two specific weekend programs (ex. Girls in STEM, H2O outdoors)

Possibly lead camping or cabin based programs during “off site” programs at various locations around Colorado.

Other duties as assigned

Tagged as: Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


Experience in a professional leadership role

Ability to work a flexible schedule, including days, nights, and weekends

Have an interest in, respect for, and ability to work with students with diverse backgrounds

Ability to create an inclusive learning environment for students with a wide range of learning abilities

Proven ability to creatively develop science and education curricula and lesson plans

Required Skills:

Bachelor's or Associate's degree or 2 years of college training + 6 months of teaching experience

Minimum of 1 year of experience teaching students in an outdoor or classroom setting

Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) with CPR certifications minimum

Age 20+ with a minimum of 4 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

Wilderness First Responder Certification

Experience in overnight backcountry trips

Bachelor’s or higher degree in a related field such recreation, education, or a subject in the human services field

Proficiency with Google Drive, Slack, and ability to learn new software systems quickly

Previous employment experience at Keystone Science School

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 on Ute land in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Keystone Science School is a historic campus that 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. Check out 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].