Outdoor Recreation Director

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


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Casa Hispania
Calle Colombia y Calle 44 Este


You love adventure; long hikes in tropical jungles, river rafting or tree climbing come second nature to you. You are WFA or WFR certified and know when to put safety first. You have experience teaching and feel comfortable being a leader and mentor to a group of young adults, while finding ways to educate in informal and unexpected settings. You are optimistic and resourceful. You hike in the rain, and understand how a love for nature can lead to greater stewardship of the planet. You recognize how entrepreneurship, social impact, and outdoor recreation intersect and can put these ideas into practice by outlining an ecotourism business or offering leadership training and workshops to neighboring communities. Your career is centered on the outdoors and you wish to share your passion with others. 

You feel comfortable leading 10 university level students for a 10-week semester, teaching them about outdoor recreation in an off-the-grid wilderness environment. Each week there will be 5 hours of traditional education in the form of lecture or seminar based learning. For 15 hours each week, you will facilitate your students as you lead them in your own Kalu Yala based outdoor recreation project utilizing the experiential learning model. 10 hours are reserved for you to support 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. Though we are in an off-the-grid setting, there is still a need for using technology and communicating with other venues and administration.


  • 2+ year working in wilderness expeditions, outdoor recreation education, outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics beyond your undergraduate degree. 
  • Outdoor recreation related degree or similar work experience 
  • Experience in both technical and applied project management 
  • Strong planner who enjoys organization
  • Group leadership skills, including comfort leading hikes
  • Desire to help fulfill the vision of Kalu Yala, expressed here: www.kaluyala.com
  • Looking forward to living in a comfortable camp in Panama


Preferred skills:

  • Spanish speaker
  • Wilderness First Responder or other medical training
  • CPR certified
  • Manual vehicle/4x4 experience
  • Flexible and resilient
  • Experience living in community



  • $600 per month 
  • Bonus based on performance review and company financial performance
  • Room + Board in our tropical wilderness camp valued at $550 a month
  • 6 weeks paid vacation, accrued semesterly

Why KY:

Kalu Yala is building towns. And we’ve started with an Institute.

Kalu Yala is a place to work, learn, grow, and live with a diverse team of sustainably-minded people working to achieving our common goal of demonstrating a better way to live. We do this through completion of our individual roles and expressing our individual creativity and unique style. We are a pro-active, professional, and team-first culture. Kalu Yala is not just about goals or technical skills; we represent a new way of thinking about companies, about towns, about the world. We are constantly encouraging our employees to use their varied experience in brainstorming solutions and apply those ideas to our specific setting. We are constantly seeking employees that are excited to build new relationships and connect with others in Panama.


Spanish speaker preferred but not required

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


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