The Short Term Staff (STS) are Scouts and Guides who come to work at KISC for one season. Spring Short-Term Staff 2022 will support getting the outdoors and indoors ready so the Centre can welcome thousands of international Guests and Scouts again in the summer of 2022! The STS team will work together with the Long Term Staff team in specific areas of work: Guest inquiries, Cleaning & Housekeeping, Catering, KISC Shop, Programme activities, Maintenance and Grounds. They also play an important role in working with and leading the international work parties that come for a week at a time to help the Centre with grounds work. If you are able to work well in a team, enjoy working both indoors and outdoors, and would like to contribute to and learn about International Scouting, we look forward to your application.
3 months
Start Date
6 March 2022
End Date
3 June 2022
Deadline for applications
30 September 2021
Open position
Your application for a specific Short Term Staff (STS) consists of the following documents. * Motivation letter * Curriculum Vitae (CV) * Membership confirmation letter from your National Scout Organisation/Association * Medical certificate (download and fill in the self-assessment) If you have any questions about the supporting documents or the application procedure, please get in touch with us:
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  • Needs to be at least 18 years old
  • Is a member of an Association recognised by WOSM/WAGGGS
  • Communicates in English
  • Fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with one of the vaccinations recognised by Switzerland


  • 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

Main tasks

  • Ensure a high quality of guest service by completing the busy work schedule of the centre
  • Prepare meals for guests and staff (including catering for special dietary requirements)
  • Clean guest and staff areas to the hygiene standards set out by KISC
  • Assist the maintenance team with 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
  • 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

Daily work is regularly supervised by Long Term Staff from different teams. The Short Term Staff have 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 build a good working relationship through honest communication with each other.


  • 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.
  • We strongly recommend that you arrange your own private travel insurance to cover travel to and from Kandersteg, and other cases/material that you consider important, as this is not provided by the Centre.
  • You must have your own adequate sickness insurance which also covers routine dental treatment.
  • If you are from an EU member country and have a EHIC-European Health Insurance Card, this can be a good backup, but you will normally be requested to pay on the spot and claim for 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 / volunteer 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 an EU/EFTA passport, you have to be under 35 years old at the time of your volunteer / work period. The placement is dependent on securing the necessary permission from the Swiss authorities.


Catering, Dishwashing, Guest Services


Spring Short Term Staff
The everyday life as a Pinkie at KISC is like no other. When I first arrived I had all these expectations on what it was going to be like, and though I imagined it to be amazing, it somehow turned out so much better. We deep clean, cook and work in grounds and everything is done with a smile, a dance and singalongs in the wonderful company of friends. When we’re not working, we go for hikes in these beautiful mountains surrounding the Centre or go exploring in the villages nearby. Every day brings new adventures and experiences.