During “Powder Term” (January 5 to February 11, 2023) you’ll:

– Work and live alongside a staff of 6-7, on-site at Black Diamond Lodge, to implement the Powder Term experience for 24-32 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, etc.)
– Assist/Direct counselors in serving leftovers for lunch on Sundays and sourcing pizzas for dinner on Sundays
– Shopping once or twice per week in Durango, and/or coordinating with Powder Term counselors to help with shopping requirements

– Help Powder Term Counselors in overseeing student clean-up crews after meals
– Attend weekly meetings/reports with Powder Term Directors to discuss menu and budget
– Attend a 2-day training event with Powder Term staff before the students arrive
– Have fun with the kids and ski your brains out!

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



-  Free Room and Board included at Powder Term campus every ski season from early January to mid-February (1-mile down the street from the ski lifts at Purgatory Resort in Durango, CO).

-  Purgatory season pass included
- Ski rental equipment if needed

-  $3000, plus bonus plan based upon student and staff ratings/reviews + 30% share of budget savings
- Transportation to/from Durango, CO at beginning and end of term

Required Skills:

-  Must love working with kids ages 11-14

-  Experience cooking and/or catering for large groups of 20-40 people

-  Evidence of creative problem solving experience

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

Preferred Skills:

-  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

Please contact Jamie Matthews at [email protected] (512-422-2274) and include a resume and a personal statement describing why you may be interested in Powder Term and why you could be a good fit for the position