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15 Sep 2017

Environment Outdoor Recreation Instructor

Kalu Yala – Posted by Kaluyala Panamá, Panamá, Panama

Job Description

You love adventure, enjoy long hikes in tropical jungles and like to take risks but know when to put safety first. You have experience teaching and feel comfortable being a leader and mentor to groups of young adults, and can find ways to educate in informal and unexpected settings. You are optimistic and resourceful. You hike in the rain, you take notes on notebooks because computers aren’t working, and you make a trip to the swimming hole an educational lesson. You have a strong interest in how entrepreneurship, social impact, and outdoor recreation intersect; whether that’s outlining an ecotourism business with your students or offering leadership training and workshops to neighboring communities. Perhaps most importantly, you are a builder and a doer. In Kalu Yala, we like to build things and you need to love building fires, businesses, morale, skills, trails, and a sustainable community.

You feel comfortable leading 10 university level students for a 10-week semester, teaching them about outdoor recreation in an off-the-grid wilderness environment. Each week there will be 5 hours of traditional education in the form of lecture or seminar based learning. For 15 hours each week, you will facilitate your students as you lead them in your own Kalu Yala based outdoor recreation project utilizing the experiential learning model. 10 hours are reserved for you to support your students pursuing independent projects that serve the community and build off skills learned in class. You are also responsible for administration and planning of lessons as well as accessing communications and documenting. Though we are in an off-the-grid setting, there is still a need for using technology and communicating with other venues and administration.

3+ year working in wilderness expeditions, outdoor recreation education, outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics beyond your undergraduate degree.
Outdoor recreation related degree. Master’s degree or PhD not required, but strongly preferred.
Experience in both technical and applied project management
Strong planner who enjoys organization
Group leadership skills, including comfort leading hikes
Desire to help fulfill the vision of Kalu Yala, expressed here:
Looking forward to living in a comfortable camp in Panama

Preferred skills:
Spanish speaker
Wilderness First Responder or other medical training
CPR certified
Manual vehicle/4×4 experience
Flexible and resilient
Experience living in community

$1,200 per month
Bonus based on performance review and company financial performance
Room + Board in our tropical wilderness camp
6 weeks paid vacation, accrued semesterly

Why KY:

Kalu Yala is building towns. And we’ve started with an Institute.

Kalu Yala is a place to work, learn, grow, and live with a diverse team of sustainably-minded people working to achieving our common goal of demonstrating a better way to live. We do this through completion of our individual roles and expressing our individual creativity and unique style. We are a pro-active, professional, and team-first culture. Kalu Yala is not just about goals or technical skills; we represent a new way of thinking about companies, about towns, about the world. We are constantly encouraging our employees to use their varied experience in brainstorming solutions and apply those ideas to our specific setting. We are constantly seeking employees that are excited to build new relationships and connect with others in Panama.

How to Apply

Please apply through our website at

Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Environment. Job Tags: backcountry, guide, hiking, and teacher.

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