Engineering Instructor

Kalu Yala
Job Type
Full time
Deadline for Applications
Where to Apply

You open up solar chargers to see how they work. You can both design systems to manage waste and can project manage the construction of it. You’re the kind of person who would get lost in the wild and think to build a Rube Goldberg machine to get your water in the morning. You’re a juxtaposition of a civil and environmental and mechanical engineer.

You feel comfortable leading 8-12 university level students for a 10-week semester, teaching them about systems engineering 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 Engineering 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 off-the-grid systems and engineering beyond your undergraduate degree.
Mechanical, environmental, civil 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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