Construction Arts Instructor

Kalu Yala
Job Type
Full time
Deadline for Applications


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 endless opportunities and creative projects. You like to have fun, but safety comes first and you’re comfortable managing college-age students who are using power tools, 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 to your students in the form of lecture or seminar based learning. For 15 hours each week, your students will serve in assistant roles as you lead them in your own Kalu Yala based construction project utilizing the experiential learning model. 10 hours are reserved for you to facilitate 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.

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


5+ years working in sustainable construction beyond your undergraduate degree.

Construction, architecture, engineering related degree. Master’s degree or PhD not required, but strongly preferred.

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 Panamanian jungle


$2,000 per month in salary, which is actually quite significant in Panama\’s jungles

Bonus based on performance review

Room + Board in our tropical wilderness camp

6 weeks paid vacation yearly, 2 weeks accrued semesterly after 3 month probationary period

Additional Information

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