Institute Nurse

Job Type

Full Time






You are an experienced medical professional seeking the challenge of working in an off-the-grid community. You think in terms of prevention and have experience addressing common and easily spread diseases. You are a strong communicator who can share your medical knowledge to college aged adults in an easily digestible way. You have worked in remote wilderness situations and thrive in a community setting. You have interest and experience guiding others through emotional turmoil and understand the importance of mental health. You have the experience necessary to know when an injury or disease should be seen by a specialist so that an individual can get the best care possible.

As the Institute Nurse at Kalu Yala you will act as the point person for both staff and students on injuries, sickness, diseases and emergency planning. You may also be a confidant for others both in terms of physical and mental health. You will work closely with transportation and student services to organize medical runs to the closest clinic, an hour and a half bus ride away. You will be expected to be one of the staff on call 24/7 for potential emergencies that may arise. This position is also responsible for organizing emergency action plans and drills to make sure students and staff are prepared in case of emergency. As manager of the clinic station on site, you will maintain an inventory of medical supplies and restock when needed. You will also organize the documentation of all student and staff medical insurance and liability paperwork so strong organizational skills are required.

Required Skills:

  • RN degree
  • Strong medical assessment abilities
  • Ability to manage health forms and paperwork
  • Commitment to the safety and well-being of students, staff, and guests
  • Adaptable and comfortable living in a tropical setting off-the-grid
  • Experience practicing medicine in tropical and/or backcountry settings
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in problem solving and maximizing resources
  • Strong organizational and communication skills

Preferred Skills

  • Manual vehicle/4x4 experience
  • Spanish speaker strongly preferred, but not required
  • Flexible and resilient
  • Experience living in community



  • $900 per month
  • Room + Board valued at $550 a month in our tropical wilderness camp
  • 6 weeks paid vacation yearly, 2 weeks accrued semesterly after 3 month probationary period

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish speaker preferred but not required

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

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