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Health & Wellness Manager

Puerto Natales, Chile
About SFS:
The School for Field Studies (SFS) creates transformative study abroad experiences through scientific field-based learning and research. Our educational programs explore the human and ecological dimensions of the complex environmental problems faced by our local partners, contributing to sustainable solutions to local communities abroad.

Position Summary:
The HWM works closely with the Center Director to coordinate all non-academic components of the program, including student health and wellness, risk management, group dynamics, community engagement, and daily program operations.

Puerto Natales, Chile

Program Schedule:
January 2022 to August 2022, with opportunity for extension

Training in the U.S. may be required prior to departure to Chile.

Reports to:
Center Director

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

Student Affairs:
  • Assist Center Director with delivery of 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, 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 conflict 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 school-wide and program rules and polices
  • Utilize incident reporting system, providing written reports to SFS Headquarters
  • Coordinate on-site safety audits
  • Submit a Risk Management Plan to SFS headquarters prior to field trips
  • 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
  • Serve as a main point of contact for student emergencies, effectively managing crisis situations
  • Facilitate the safety and health portions of the on-site orientation
  • Keep all medical kits and safety supplies stocked and up to date

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 and program and the local community
  • Organize and facilitate guest speakers from the community
  • Coordinate with other staff to develop community engagements initiatives

Program Support:
  • Develop or change program schedule, communicating to students as needed
  • Attend new program staff training prior to and during the program
  • Provide periodic reports, marketing materials, 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 interns
  • Participate in planning activities prior to program start and in review post-program
  • 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 Program-specific staff of the day duties
  • Ensure that all staff understand the responsibilities of the staff of the day role
  • Take part in, and occasionally lead, program upkeep projects, social, and field activities
  • Serve as program caretaker during breaks as requested by the Center Director
  • Drive standard transmission vehicles and outboard motorboats as needed

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification
  • Experience living, working, or studying abroad
  • High emotional and cross-cultural intelligence
  • Professional experience with group facilitation or leading experiential education programs
  • Willingness to live and work on a residential campus, including use of shared facilities and participation in campus activities and community outreach
  • Accustomed to working long hours in remote environments with limited resources
  • Experience with crisis management, emergency response, and risk management
  • Commitment to ensure good relations between the SFS and the local community
  • Clean driving record
  • Ability to obtain proper work visas (with assistance from SFS)
  • Advanced or fluent Spanish

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Advanced medical certification (e.g. EMT or WEMT certification)
  • Master’s degree
  • Experience living, working, or studying in program region
  • Familiarity with navigating medical resources in developing countries
  • Background in wilderness, travel, or tropical medicine
  • Residence Life experience in higher education
  • Ability to operate manual transmission vehicles

Salary, travel, and health insurance reimbursement. On-site room and board provided.


SFS was founded with the belief that stewardship of the planet is the responsibility of people all around the world. Addressing complex global issues requires the active inclusion of stakeholders with varying perspectives and identities.  SFS recognizes that to successfully address threats to our natural world, we must look beyond social constructs that divide us.  SFS values biodiversity in all forms, SFS values and engaging with a multitude of diverse perspectives and people in the countries where SFS works, along with those in the students and staff SFS serves. SFS recognizes, appreciates, and celebrates diversity.

SFS is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, creed, caste, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetics, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin, or veteran status. Applicants from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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