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Sanborn Western Camps is part of the Colorado Outdoor Education Center, a private non-profit organization.  While the bulk of the information on this page, is for our summer camp program, our High Trails Outdoor Education Center operates in the Spring and Fall with local schools. Following the Outdoor Education link below will provide more specific information about that program and how to apply for those positions. The jobs listed below the link are for our summer camp program. The buttons at the bottom of this page will take you to more detailed information about those positions as well as to our online application.

As you explore the opportunities with us, please do no hesitate to contact us with any questions you have.

  • Adventure Camp Counselor Colorado

    Sanborn Western Camp
    Florissant, CO
    $3,000.00 / season

    Gain a well rounded experience that will help prepare you for any future job.

    RATED “THE BEST OUTDOOR CAMP IN THE COUNTRY” BY OUTSIDE MAGAZINE

    Who We Are

    • Non Profit residential camp with 70 years of experience
    • Set on 6,000 acres of land, we are the largest private camp in the country
    • We combine traditional sleep-away camp with extended backcountry expeditions and adventures
    • Sanborn has access to more 14,000-foot peaks than any other program in CO
    • Expeditions: 3-5-day trips backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, canoeing & fishing

    Location: 30 miles west of Colorado Springs

    We specialize in outdoor adventures such as backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing and horse pack trips. We also offer in-camp activities like archery, swimming, sports and camp games.

    We are looking for:

    Enthusiastic, resilient and flexible individuals. 

    Interest in the outdoors and working with kids

    This position is residential and is all about working, teaching and living with children while creating a respectful community based around living in close contact with nature.

    Our benefits include: A base salary starting at $3000.00. Also lodging, meals and laundry, valued at $2,025 for the summer.

    Other benefits:

    To grow and develop while being coached by great leaders

    To work in a field where you have a purpose and the ability to change lives

    To be a role model, mentor, teacher and friend

    To be a part of a high quality organization that's existed for over 70 years

    To live and work in a spectacular location

    To lead and participate in amazing trips and programs

    To develop technical, professional, and social skills to last a lifetime

    Bonus: Discounts on outdoor gear and clothing. Staff members are also eligible to receive a certification stipend based on current, nationally-recognized certifications.

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  • Wrangler

    Sanborn Western Camp
    Florissant, CO

    Work for the “best outdoor camp in the country” by Outside Magazine

    With 6,000 acres of on-property land to explore and more off property trip permits than any other camp in the Colorado Rockies, Working at Sanborn Western Camps is a challenging and rewarding opportunity. In one summer you will have the opportunity to influence the lives of children, explore the Colorado backcountry, work with other staff from all around the country and develop your leadership and technical skills. The days are full, the energy is high, and the fun is contagious.

    Open to men and women 21 years and older. This position is residential and encompasses a variety of roles: wrangler, educator, peer supervisor, trip leader, and logistics coordinator.

     

    A HIGHLY QUALIFIED WRANGLER CANDIDATE WILL:

    • Have a high degree of self-motivation and the ability to work long hours

    • Have experience with and be comfortable leading western-style horseback rides to all ages

    • Teach basic horsemanship skills on the ground and while mounted

    • Complete daily chores around the barn

    • Work with and manage riding counselors

    • Lead safe, fun and enriching trips and activities

    • Mediate conflicts in the living units and on trips

     

    Benefits: Salary ranging from $3,025 up depending on experience

    plus lodging, meals, and laundry valued at $2,025 for the summer season.

    Bonus: Pro Deals and also Stipends offered for current, nationally-recognized related certifications

    Dates: May 13th - Aug 13

    Apply Here: https://www.sanbornwesterncamps.com/employment/how-to-apply

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  • Health Care Provider/Registered Nurse

    Sanborn Western Camp
    Florissant, CO

    Tired of being inside? Spend your summer outdoors with a healthy, active population in a supportive community! Great job for experienced or brand new nurses--we support your growth and development.

     

    Open to RNs and NPs. If you are not a Colorado RN/NP we can help you pay for your CO nursing license, if hired.

    Our modern, well-equipped health care facilities include a treatment room, bathrooms, isolation room, wardrooms and the nurse’s private quarters. Colorado is a Nursing Licensure Compact state. We have good relations with doctors in Woodland Park and in Colorado Springs. This is an excellent opportunity to practice primary nursing in a camp community.

    RN SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

    • Provide first aid care and MESH support for campers and staff

    • Oversee the administration of medications to campers and staff

    • Coordinate visits to a physician or assessment by our PA when needed

    • Monitor health and cleanliness standards in the health center

    • Organize paperwork and maintain online digital documentation and file organization

    • Communicate and work closely with various staff as part of the Sanborn Medical Team

    • Maintain clear, helpful and professional communications with parents and directors

    • Assist staff with activities, work projects and other tasks as necessary.

    Benefits: Range $3500 - $7000 (based on experience), plus lodging, meals and laundry valued at $2,025 for the summer season. 

    Bonus: Pro Deals and also Stipends offered for current, nationally-recognized related certifications

    Dates: May 29 - August 13th (we can discuss date options if necessary)

    Apply Here: https://www.sanbornwesterncamps.com/employment/how-to-apply

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  • Climbing Coordinator

    Sanborn Western Camps
    Florissant, CO

    Rock climbing at Sanborn Western Camps is all about exploring beautiful granite outcroppings, challenge yourself physically and mentally, and supporting your fellow campers. We climb mostly at single-pitch top-rope crags located both on our property and in the nearby national forest. We also have a small bouldering gym located at Big Spring, and are developing outdoor bouldering sites around camp property. Throughout each camp session we offer multiple half-day, all-day, and overnight climbing trips, as well as a week-long climbing and leadership trip for 15 year old campers. Climbing and outdoor bouldering is open to campers aged 9-17.

    General Responsibilities: Must be over 21; Prior experience with institutional top-rope anchor building with fixed, artificial (traditional), and natural protection; maintaining organized and inspected equipment; organizing trip logistics; creating physically and emotionally safe climbing environments, working with and managing counseling staff as they assist you in the climbing program; providing organized, punctual and intentional leadership, creativity, direction and supervision during activities, trips and around the camp; utilizing the Sanborn mission statement as a framework for your work as a Youth Development Professional; taking ownership for your personal attitude, behavior and knowledge building; working with other staff members to provide a quality experience for all members of the camp community; and adjusting one’s personal habits to the philosophy, policies and ideals of the camp including a comprehensive understanding of and respect for our time off/alcohol policies and procedures.

    Climbing Coordinator Specific Responsibilities:

    • Setting up top rope sites outdoors on natural rock
    • Supervising outdoor bouldering sites and activities
    • Managing the indoor bouldering gym
    • Organizing climbing equipment for both camps
    • Documenting use of equipment
    • Training staff members on belay systems and site management
    • Teaching campers belay and climbing skills
    • Working with campers age 9-17
    • Communicating well with staff members
    • Using fixed, artificial (traditional), and natural protection for anchors

    Benefits: Competitive base salary plus lodging, meals and laundry valued at $2,025 

    Bonus: Pro deals and also Stipends based on current, nationally-recognized certifications 

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  • Arts and Crafts Coordinator

    Sanborn Western Camp
    Florissant, CO
    $2,950.00 / season

    Open to men and women, 21 and older. Prior camp experience and/or arts education experience preferred. A highly qualified candidate will have: a background in art therapy, art education, makerspace concepts, and/or have a passion for artistic expression and creation; a high degree of self-motivation and have experience with and be comfortable teaching children ages 7-16 in the residential camp setting; managing and working with a specific group of staff members; modeling healthy choices and behaviors for all campers and staff; leading safe, fun and enriching trips and activities; mediating conflicts in the community and on trips; representing the goals and mission of the organization; acting with integrity and maintaining impeccable judgment; and assisting to create a respectful community.

    Arts & Crafts Coordinator Specific Responsibilities:

    • Organizing the arts & crafts building; preparing for arts and crafts activities; creating new program ideas and trips.
    • Creating activities that result in tangible projects for campers.
    • Maintaining a clean & organized environment for arts & crafts projects and creating an inviting space for campers & staff.
    • Preparing the A&C area for any art-themed overnight (ordering extra supplies, assisting in organizing and packing supplies, etc.).
    • Training counselors before & assisting them during their A&C projects (ensure supplies are stocked, counselors are prepared, provide extra supervision if needed, etc.).
    • Making necessary shopping trips to purchase special A&C supplies (MUST HAVE A CLEAN DRIVING RECORD).
    • Leading and/or assisting on and off-camp trips, activities, programs and special events. Including specific art themed trips and the art-themed Saturday Special.
    • Encouraging creativity amongst staff & campers.
    • Being knowledgeable & skillful in a variety of A&C activities.
    • Providing cabin coverage for other counselors & staff as needed – occasionally requiring you to spend the night in a cabin.
    • Participating in evening activities; including organizing programs, and walking ridges, etc.
    • Being flexible in response to current & emergency situations & to shifts in responsibilities & assignments when camp is underway.

    Benefits: Base salary of $2800.00, lodging, meals and laundry valued at $2,025 for the summer.

    Bonus: Pro Deals and also Stipends based on current, nationally-recognized certifications

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  • Assistant Counselor

    Sanborn Western Camp
    Florissant, CO

    Open to men (current high school seniors or college freshmen) or women (current college freshmen) who have demonstrated work experience and a desire to work in a camp community. This position is residential and is all about working, teaching and living with children and creating a respectful community.

    Assistant Counselor Specific Responsibilities:

    • Working within a team of unit counselors to provide leadership and care for campers.
    • Assisting trip leaders and senior staff members on off-camp trips, activities, programs and special events.
    • Assisting and/or leading on-camp trips, activities, programs and special events.
    • Being responsible for table supervision at meals.
    • Providing tent coverage for counselors as needed — requiring you to spend the night in another tent.
    • Being flexible in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in responsibilities when camp is underway.
    • Preparing the kitchen/lodge for meals and cleaning up afterwards on a rotational basis.
    • Deep cleaning the lodge every Saturday morning.
    • Working with fellow Assistant Counselors in the dishroom and lodge during Friday night, Saturday and Sunday meals and assisting in program as assigned those same days (as determined by time off schedule).

    Benefits: $2700.00, lodging, meals, laundry, Pro Deals, and the opportunity to influence the lives of children in the out-of-doors

    Bonus: Staff members are also eligible to receive a certification stipend based on current, nationally-recognized certifications earned OUTSIDE of previous Sanborn training environments. 

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  • Junior Camp Counselor

    Sanborn Western Camp
    Florissant, CO

    Open to men and women 2 years out of high school — traditionally college sophomores and older. This position is residential and is all about working, teaching and living with younger children.

    Sanborn Junior Camp Counselor Specific Responsibilities:

    • Living and working with and having charge of a group of campers age 7-11
    • Assisting and/or leading Junior Camp trips, activities, programs and special events*
    • Being responsible for table supervision at meals
    • Being flexible, in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in responsibilities when camp is underway.

    Please note: The Junior Camp is a unique “camp within a camp” program consisting of four separate two week sessions. The Junior Camp program has a set of age specific activities and trips that are only for Junior campers. There are opportunities to work in the general camp program, but the majority of your responsibilities involve specific Junior Camp activities and programs on the property.

    Benefits: Base salary starting at $2700.00, lodging, meals, laundry, Pro Deals, and the opportunity to influence the lives of children and staff members in the out-of-doors

    Bonus: Staff members are also eligible to receive a certification stipend based on current, nationally-recognized certifications earned OUTSIDE of previous Sanborn training environments.

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  • Kitchen Coordinator/Assistant Counselor Supervisor

    Sanborn Western Camp
    Florissant, CO

    Open to men or women 21 years and older with kitchen and/or facilities management experience and a clean driving record. Prior Sanborn Western Camps experience is preferred.

    General Responsibilities: Being a responsible role model to the campers; working with other staff members to provide a quality experience for all members of the camp community; daily punctuality; vision and organizational ability; varied communication skills; respect for and understanding of health codes; sense of humor; ability to safely lift 50 lbs; impeccable driving record; conducting oneself responsibly when not specifically assigned; utilizing the mission statement as a framework for your work as a Youth Development Professional; taking ownership for your personal attitude, behavior and knowledge building; and adjusting one’s personal habits to the philosophy, policies and ideals of the camp including a comprehensive understanding of and respect for our time off/alcohol policies and procedures.

    Kitchen Coordinator Specific Responsibilities:

    • Working under the guidance of the cooks and the camp director to maintain a clean and sanitary lodge
    • Supervising counselors and assistant counselors in the kitchen
    • Recognizing the ever-changing uses of the community facilities (lodge, performance center, science center, community building) and keeping them clean and ready for the next users
    • Being responsible for delegating cleaning tasks to others and/or personally accomplishing cleaning tasks in a prompt fashion
    • Coordinating camp Waste Removal efforts, including driving the trash truck and assisting other staff in collecting and removing trash to our central compactor
    • Working in conjunction with the Recycling Coordinator to manage and organize the recycling trailer
    • Taking pride in the overall appearance of the camp facilities, especially the dining area, kitchen, dishroom, bakery, trash and recycling areas, lodge bathrooms and office spaces
    • Ability to make Community Care Duty (kitchen duty) a fun, entertaining, rewarding and enjoyable experience through solid communication, hands-on participation, and the empowerment of all staff

    Benefits: Base salary plus lodging, meals, laundry, Pro Deals, and the opportunity to influence the lives of children and staff members in the out-of-doors

    Bonus: Staff members are also eligible to receive a certification stipend based on current, nationally-recognized certifications earned OUTSIDE of previous Sanborn training environments.

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  • Outcamp Coordinator (Food & Gear Logistics)

    Sanborn Western Camp
    Florissant, CO

    Open to men and women 21 years and older –with a clear driving record to be able to drive camp vehicles. This position is residential and involves a majority of your time organizing and packing food for camp trips. The rest of your time is spent in the camp program working with children. Prior Sanborn Western Camps experience is preferred.

    General Responsibilities: Ordering, organized, packing and managing the food for all camp trips; being a responsible, dedicated role model to the campers; working with and managing counseling staff as they assist you in the food packing process; providing organized, punctual and intentional leadership, creativity, direction and supervision during activities, trips and around the camp; utilizing the Sanborn mission statement as a framework for your work as a Youth Development Professional; taking ownership for your personal attitude, behavior and knowledge building; working with other staff members to provide a quality experience for all members of the camp community; and adjusting one’s personal habits to the philosophy, policies and ideals of the camp including a comprehensive understanding of and respect for our time off/alcohol policies and procedures.

    Outcamp/Trip Logistics Coordinator Specific Responsibilities:

    • Helping order food needed for trips; organizing and packing food for all-day and overnight trips
    • Maintaining a clean, orderly and organized environment for food packing and trip preparation
    • Prepping the “Outcamp” area before and after trips (putting out necessary food stuffs, equipment, picking up trash and recycling, cleaning up after trips depart/return, managing cook-kit cleaning area, etc.)
    • Assisting counselors and trip leaders during their pre-trip departure times (distributing food, helping campers pack, etc.)
    • Making necessary shopping trips to purchase specialty or bulk foodstuffs (MUST HAVE A CLEAN DRIVING RECORD)
    • Assisting and/or leading on or off camp trips, activities, programs and special events
    • Being responsible for table supervision at meals
    • Providing tent or cabin coverage for other counselors and staff as needed–occasionally requiring you to spend the night in another cabin/tent
    • Participating in evening activities (walking ridges, organizing program…)
    • Being flexible in response to current and emergency situations and to shifts in responsibilities and assignments when camp is underway

    Benefits: Base salary plus lodging, meals, laundry, Pro Deals, and the opportunity to influence the lives of children and staff members in the out-of-doors

    Bonus: Staff members are also eligible to receive a certification stipend based on current, nationally-recognized certifications earned OUTSIDE of previous Sanborn training environments.

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  • Outdoor Education Instructors

    High Trails Outdoor Education Center
    Florissant, CO

    The Outdoor Education Instructor position at High Trails is a demanding and rewarding seasonal work experience that revolves around responsibilities in three main areas: the Discovery Group, The Cabin, and Evening Programs.

    Qualifications

    -Enjoyment of the natural world and the outdoors.

    -Ability to communicate with students, adults, and other Staff members.

    -Flexibility and adaptability to a variety of schedules and tasks.

    -Desire to learn and teach new things.

    -Commitment to being a contributing member of the educational community.

    -A degree from an accredited university.


    Seasons

    Fall Season: Late August to mid-November

    Spring: Late March to mid-May  

    Compensation

     We provide housing for instructors on our property with meals provided at our main lodge. Laundry service is also included, and instructors are eligible for outdoor gear pro-deals from a variety of companies. For any questions regarding our pay scale please feel free to contact us. 

    Visit:

    https://www.htoec.org/job

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