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Summer Camp Leader

Friends of Dinosaur Ridge

Full Time, Seasonal
Posted February 21, 2021

Who we are:

Located on Jefferson County Open Space, Dinosaur Ridge is one of the most important paleontology sites on Earth. Our globally iconic site has been ranked by paleontologists as the #1 dinosaur track site in the nation, and one of the most important in the world. Dinosaur Ridge draws 245,000 annual visitors to our outdoor museum to view 300+ dinosaur tracks still preserved on the sandstone slope.  Dinosaur Ridge was also the site of the first Stegosaurus discovery on earth and was designated National Natural Landmark in 1973.  The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1989 with the purpose of preserving the fossils on Dinosaur Ridge and educating the public about the natural history of the area. Our mission was later expanded to include the fossil sites at Triceratops Trail in Golden, Colorado.


Who you are:

In this role, you will spend the summer exploring Dinosaur Ridge with students age 6-13.  Each week you will guide campers through hands-on science projects, expert presenters, and nearby field trips as you lead all student -facing aspects of day camp.  The successful Summer Camp Leader will plan activities, instruct small groups, run games and crafts, and lead field trips and hikes.  At the end of this incredible summer, you will have expanded your teaching ability and increased your interpretative skills.  The schedule for our weekly sessions is as follows:


May 31-June 4  |  Theme: Nature Trekkers  |  Age Group: 6-10

June 7-11  |  Theme: Fossils & Fun  |  Age Group: 6-10

June 14-18  |  Theme: Nature Trekkers  |  Age Group: 6-10

June 21-25  |  Theme: Junior Scientists  |  Age Group: 8-11

June 28- July 2  | Theme: Rock Stars  |  Age Group: 11-13

July 12-16  |  Theme: Fossils & Fun  |  Age Group: 6-10

July 19-23  |  Theme:  Nature Trekkers  |  Age Group: 6-10

July 26-30  |  Theme: STEAM  |  Age Group: 8-11

August 2-6   |  Theme: Junior Scientists  |  Age Group: 8-11

August 9-13  |  Theme: Fossils & Fun  |  Age Group: 6-10


We anticipate this position will:

  • Rotate between two shifts: either 8am – 3pm or 9am – 5pm
  • Co – lead of two groups comprised of ten (10) children and one (1) Jr. Counselor (high school age)
  • Be available
    • Train May 24-28
    • Work May 31-August 13
    • Holiday Break July 5-9



Required Qualifications:

  • Age 19+
  • Able to pass a criminal background check
  • 6 months experience working with children in an educational setting
  • Able to work and walk around outside in a variety of weather conditions
  • Available to work M-F from 8am – 5pm from May 24 – Aug 13
  • Aptitude for and experience in creating positive guest experiences
  • Basic understanding of scientific concepts
  • Team-oriented and consistently demonstrates positive values in work habits


Admired, but not required Qualities:

  • Degree or coursework in geology, biology or other science fields
  • Age 25+ for driving positions
  • Passion for the mission of Dinosaur Ridge, interest in paleontology, geology, and/or science

To Apply:

Email your resume and letter of interest to Erin.LaCount@dinoridge.org


Equal Opportunity Employer
Friends of Dinosaur Ridge is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, volunteers, and guests.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical​​​ condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or ​expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on job requirements, individual performance, and business needs.

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