Duties & Responsibilities
Under the oversight of the Center Director, the HWM/PC, as an individual and as a member of program faculty/staff team, will:

Student Affairs/Student Health & Wellness
Deliver in-country orientation and ongoing training to students in the areas of community building, critical thinking, cross-cultural issues, conflict resolution, self-awareness, communal living, and health and safety
Act as a resource to students for their program-related, personal needs, and medical needs
Facilitate communication within the student group and act as a liaison between staff and students
Preemptively monitor and address individual student and group attitudes and behavior
Keep the Center Director informed of potential problems
Participate in resolving group management issues and student conduct
Facilitate establishment and support of student committees

Safety & Risk Management:
Support Center Director in overseeing the safety of all program participants
Adhere to, actively model, and enforce all SFS program rules and polices
Serve as a main point of contact for student emergencies, effectively managing crisis situations
Utilize incident reporting system, providing written reports to SFS headquarters
Coordinate on-site safety audits
Participate in the review and revision of program risk assessment and management plans
Coordinate the program’s emergency plans, including for evacuation and fire safety
Recommend and review policies and procedures for risk management
Facilitate the safety and health sessions during on-site orientation
Keep all medical kits and safety supplies stocked and up-to-date
Collaborate with the Dive Safety Officer on safety and risk management

Community Outreach:
Work with program faculty/staff to develop and implement community outreach activities
Arrange recreational programming for students within the local community
Develop meaningful partnerships between the program and the local community
Organize and facilitate guest speakers from the community
Collaborate with the Program Assistant to develop community engagement initiatives

Program Support:
Develop or change program schedule, communicating with students as needed
Attend new program staff training prior to and during the program
Provide periodic reports, marketing materials (including SFS social media), and student input to SFS headquarters
Participate in preparation of final reports and program field preparation guide revisions
In cooperation with other program staff and as delegated by the Center Director, provide day-to-day coordination of assistants
Participate in planning activities prior to program start and post-program review
As requested by the Center Director, assist with other logistical, group management, and administrative tasks

Daily Program Life:
Live on-site for the duration of each program period and eat meals with students
On a rotating basis, take responsibility for staff of the day duties

Tagged as: Conservation, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Medical, Support Staff, Water Skills


Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification, or ability to obtain WFR certification by program start date (SFS can assist with completing this training)
Waterfront certification – comfortable in a marine setting

Required Skills:

High emotional and cross-cultural intelligence
Professional experience with group facilitation or leading experiential education programs
Experience with emergency response, crisis management, and risk management

Preferred Skills:

Advanced medical certification (e.g. EMT or WEMT certification) preferred
Waterfront certification – lifeguard or Rescue Diver
Familiarity with navigating medical resources in developing countries

About The School for Field Studies

SFS envisions a world where each of us is a responsible steward of the environment and where society is grounded in the understanding that all life, including humankind, is deeply intertwined. We envision a world where all people have access to clean air, clean water, nutritious food, and the other essential services of a healthy ecosystem – now and for all future generations to come.

Young people are the future. We believe that in order to achieve our vision and solve our world’s biggest challenges, we must train and educate the next generation of leaders to think critically, act compassionately, and work collaboratively – our diversity is our strength. Climate change and other social and environmental threats are daunting, but we will be ready.

Application Instructions

Submit a cover letter and resume outlining relevant experiences via the online application on the SFS Careers page at https://fieldstudies.catsone.com/careers/