Short Term Staff, Ski Guiding, Activities
3 months
Start Date
5 December 2020
End Date
6 March 2021
Deadline for applications
30 June 2020
Closed position
The Short Term Staff are Scouts and Guides who come to work at KISC for one season of 3 months. Winter Short Term Staff work together with the Long Term Staff preparing meals, cleaning facilities, and checking guests in and out of their accommodation. If assessed, they also lead winter activities for guests during the busy weeks. If you are able to work well in a team, enjoy working both indoors and outdoors leading activities, and would like to contribute to and learn about International Scouting, we look forward to your application.
  • Needs to be at least 18 years old
  • Is a member of an Association recognised by WOSM/WAGGGS
  • Communicates in English


  • Ability to work within an international team of volunteers
  • Affinity for customer service and guest contact
  • Good communication skills
  • Positive attitude towards work
  • Willingness to work according to a flexible schedule


  • Has an active scouting life
  • Experience in cleaning and/or cooking
  • Experience in maintenance, repair or grounds work
  • Ability to take a leading role and coordinate a team
  • Experience in skiing and/or snowboarding

Main tasks

  • Ensure a high quality of guest service at all times
  • Prepare meals for guests and staff (including catering for special dietary requirements)
  • Clean of guest and staff areas within the hygiene standards set out by KISC
  • Assist maintenance on different projects
  • Lead activities for KISC guests

Other responsibilities


  • Deal with any  guest enquiries relating to the Centre
  • Care for all staff working at the Centre
  • Participate in Short Term Staff training and development
  • Assist in other areas of the Centre where necessary
  • Involve in the execution of the Centre’s Operational Plan
  • Flexibility in working hours according to the needs of the Centre



The position of the Short Term Staff is a key one, as without their intense work the Centre wouldn’t be able to serve over 12’000 guests yearly.

Line manager

The line manager for this position is the Staff Development Director. Daily work is regularly supervised by Long Term Staff from different teams. The Short Term Staff has weekly meetings with the line manager to cover operational matters and also has regular one-on-one appraisals.

Team management

Short Term Staff will have regular contact with other members of the Short and Long Term Staff team and it is essential to building a good working relationship and honest communication with them.


  • Accident Insurance (provided by the Centre): Everyone is insured for accidents, both work and non-work related while working at KISC. Dental treatment is only covered if the damage was caused by an accident.
  • Private Liability Insurance (provided by the Centre): This insurance covers any damage caused by any staff on an object or person.
  • If you are accepted as a Short Term Staff, we strongly recommend that you arrange your own private travel insurance to cover sickness, routine dental treatment, travel to and from Kandersteg, and other cases/material that you consider important, as this is not provided by the Centre.
  • If you are from an EU member country and have a EHIC-European Health Insurance Card, you will be requested to pay on the spot and claim for a reimbursement once back in your country.


  • Find information as detailed here on our website


  • Citizens of EU/EFTA countries do not need a visa, and the Centre secures the necessary work permit.
  • For citizens of non EU/EFTA countries the visa process is more complicated but with a high chance of successful visa application. If you don't have a EU/EFTA passport, you have to be under 35 years old at the time of your work period, as that is the age limit for the visas we can receive. The Centre secures the necessary work permit.


Catering, Guest Services, Serving


Winter Short Term Staff
There is a hidden place in the beautiful Swiss Alps that allows you to live Scouting as you have never done before. It is a hidden place in the beautiful Swiss Alps that allows you to live Scouting as you have never done before. My dream started in December when I began as a Winter Short Term Staff. As soon as I arrived, I was astonished not only because of the wonderful landscape but also by the Scout life that you experience. It is a place where you share breakfast with a Spanish fellow, then work with a Brazilian and end up having dinner with a Scout from the United States. And we all have one thing in common – Scouting. Throughout my time here, I was able to do many activities I never dreamt of. I learnt how to ski, I hiked to the top of a mountain at -10ºC and played curling. I also met people from many countries with traditions and habits so different that would be impossible to describe them all. I left with much more than what I brought. Maybe, my backpack weights the same, but the experiences and friendships don’t. There are things that only a Scout can understand, and this is one of those. I encourage you to be brave, live the dream and to build a Better World together!