During 5 weeks of “Powder Term” (January 4 to February 10, 2024) you’ll: 

– Work and live alongside a staff of 6-7, on-site at Black Diamond Lodge, to implement the Powder Term experience for 18-24 teenagers 

– Cook and Prepare 6 dinners per week for Powder Term participants (beans and rice, salads, chili, lasagna, spaghetti, enchiladas, burritos, desserts, pot pie, vegetables, breads, potatoes, burgers, meatloaf, chicken, casseroles, eggs, pancakes, bacon, etc.)
– Prepare 6 lunches per week for Powder Term participants (sandwiches, cold cuts, salads, fruit, soups, chips, leftovers, etc.)
– Create shopping list once per week within expected budget targets
– Shopping in Durango once per week, and/or delegating shopping to counselors periodically

Tagged as: Camp Staff, Cooks and Food Service, Ski Industry


- Private Room and Board at Black Diamond Lodge (1 mile south of Purgatory Resort) for the duration of the Term
- Free use of rental skis, boots and poles from Cliffside Ski and Bike
- Free Season Pass to Purgatory Resort for the entire ski season, as well as all of Purgatory partner resorts
- $4000 employee salary + potential $1000 bonus based on performance (Discover Term will issue a W-2 IRS Form well before January 31, 2024)

Required Skills:

Required Skills/Characteristics:
- Must love working with kids ages 11-14 

- Experience cooking and/or catering for large groups of 15-30 people 

- Evidence of creative problem-solving experience 

- The ability to sit in ambiguity, be patient, ask questions, and then take action 

Preferred Skills:

Preferred Skills/Characteristics: 

- Summer Camp Counselor, Alternative Education or Outdoor Program Teaching/Guiding (ex: NOLS, Outward Bound), Restaurant and Hospitality industry experience

- Embody an active, healthy and curious spirit and lifestyle 

About Powder Term (www.powderterm.com)

Powder Term is a 5-week adventure for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that’s physically, academically, and emotionally rigorous and fun, where teens can escape the strains, pains, and distractions of everyday life and take part in an electronic-free alternative education program designed around accelerated learning, developing mastery on the ski mountain, building self-awareness, confidence, leadership skills, and forming personal relationships that will last a lifetime.
We offer teenagers a space to breathe, where unnecessary distractions (cell phones, video games, junk food, tv/computer, internet, social media, lectures) are cut from the environment and replaced with: 34 days of skiing, 4 field trips, 1 mastery course, 1 leadership course, 2 classic books, and top-notch experiential social studies and science projects... and life-long friends.
We provide the essential tools, experiences, relationships, rigor, and fun that offers teenagers an opportunity to carve their own path

Application Instructions

Contact: Jamie Matthews (512-422-2274) [email protected] Please provide a resume as well as a list of references with contact information.