Construction Arts Instructor

Kalu Yala
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You are a construction wizard. You’ve built the chair you’re sitting on to read this job posting. You have experience with wooden post and beam construction, carpentry, basic or better masonry skills, and an interest in building with bamboo. You can work with limited supplies in a harsh environment and when you see trash you think of endless opportunities and creative projects. You like to have fun, but safety comes first and you’re comfortable managing college-aged students who are using power tools and machetes, often for the first time in their lives. You feel comfortable leading 8-12 university level students for a 10-week semester, teaching them about construction, building, and carpentry in an off-the-grid wilderness environment. You also are an expert in your field and enjoy writing and speaking about relevant and innovative topics.

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 in your own Kalu Yala based construction 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 progress. Though we are in an off-the-grid setting, there is still a need for using technology and communicating with other venues and administration.


5+ years working in construction beyond your undergraduate degree.
Construction, architecture, engineering related degree. Master’s degree or PhD not required, but strongly preferred.
Experience in both technical and applied project management
Have experience publishing academic papers and conducting research
Strong planner who enjoys organization
Group leadership skills and high social/emotional intelligence
Comfortable and familiar with team communication and project management tools including Google Docs, Slack, and Asana.
Desire to help fulfill the vision of Kalu Yala, expressed here:
Looking forward to living in a comfortable camp in the 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

$2,000 per month
Bonus based on performance review and company financial performance
Room + Board in our tropical wilderness camp
6 weeks paid vacation yearly, 2 weeks accrued semesterly after 3 month probationary period
Why KY:

Kalu Yala is building towns.  And we’ve started with two Institutes.

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.