Job Summary

We seek educators with a demonstrated commitment to experiential education and a passion for both teaching and learning. Our Semester Instructors and Expedition Leaders are responsible for facilitating an immersive learning experience for their students, both in and out of the classroom. In addition to on-campus teaching, instructors also lead several multi-day sea kayak expeditions on the coastal waters and remote beaches of South Eleuthera each academic year. Instructors play many roles throughout the semester including classroom teacher, mentor, disciplinarian, coach, community leader, expedition leader, and role model. Ideal candidates are able to deliver thoughtful, interdisciplinary coursework in their subject, but also share excitement for connecting classroom learning to life in the community and learning experiences outside the classroom too.

Duties & Responsibilities

Design and facilitate two to three sections of classroom teaching in a designated subject
Assess student work and provide meaningful feedback and summaries of student growth
Lead between two and four sea kayak expeditions each semester. Expeditions are aimed at personal growth, group dynamics, and building on students’ on-campus learning and last between three and eight days
Facilitate interdisciplinary connections across subjects
Facilitate connections between classroom learning and community life, student research, expeditions, and personal growth
Support experiential student research classes which may take place at sea, on the farm, or at the Cape Eleuthera Institute research labs
Serve as a mentor and advisor for a designated group of 5-8 students throughout their semester journey
Provide community leadership and role model the Island School’s values
Participate in and lead community chores
Participate in and facilitate the morning exercise program, including running and swimming
Be “on duty” approximately 1-2 evenings per week and one weekend per month to support student needs and after school programming
Support minor student medical needs as they arise
Attend and participate in weekly team meetings with semester staff
Facilitate student group meetings
Facilitate student experiences off-campus in the local community
Provide professional mentorship for aspiring Semester Instructors
Other duties as assigned by the Semester Leadership team

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Climbing Skills, Conservation, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders, Water Skills


Bachelor's Degree or higher
Experience working with and mentoring high-school-aged students
Experience teaching/educating, in formal or non-traditional settings, or a combination
Experience in outdoor/experiential education with Outward Bound, NOLS, or other similar organizations

Required Skills:

Patience, flexibility, and ability to work well in a dynamic, fast-paced, team setting in a remote island location
Ability to be an inspiring and involved leader
Excellent communication, interpersonal, verbal, and writing skills
A commitment to culturally diverse teaching, and demonstrated intercultural competence

Preferred Skills:

Demonstrated skill in leading sea kayaking expeditions
Experience designing curriculum and writing lesson plans
Experience with semester-based, gap year, or immersion programs
Experience with expedition leadership/outdoor trip leading
Experience living abroad and/or in an intentional community setting
Wilderness First Responder certification
Familiarity with Bahamian culture

About The Island School

The Island School, a not-for-profit organization based in The Bahamas, was founded to create and support transformational educational experiences with the vision of leadership effecting change, on the island of Eleuthera. The diverse educational initiatives, including our High School Semester and Summer Term, Deep Creek Middle School, Elementary Learning Center, and our Community Engagement and Partnerships, deliver unique educational journeys in conjunction with the authentic and meaningful work our organization undertakes in research and sustainable development at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, our research, and innovation hub. We are reimagining what education is for, and redesigning how education is delivered.

Application Instructions

To apply, please click the link here: https://ceis.bamboohr.com/careers/161