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Student Health & Wellness Manager

Iquitos, Peru
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 Program Manager to coordinate all non-academic components of the program, including student health and wellness, risk management, group dynamics, community engagement, and daily program operations.

Iquitos, Peru

Program Schedule:
Start date: July 2022. Applications reviewed on rolling basis.  Initial contract will be through the end of August 2023 with possibility for extension.

Virtual training will be required in July prior to departure to Peru.

Reports to:
Program Manager

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

Student Affairs:
  • Assist Program Manager 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 physical health/mental health and safety
  • Assist the HQ Admissions team in the delivery of an online Pre-Departure Orientation as needed
  • 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 Program Manager informed of potential problems
  • Participate in resolving group conflict and student conduct
  • Facilitate establishment and support of student committees

Safety & Risk Management:
  • Support Program Manager 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
  • Work with and support Program Manager with carrying out on-site safety audits
  • Review and 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
  • Work with Program Manager to 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
  • In consultation with the Program Manager, 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:
  • As directed by the Program Manager, develop or update program schedule, regularly communicating these updates to students
  • 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 Program Manager, provide day-to-day coordination of interns
  • Participate in planning activities prior to program start and in review post-program
  • As requested by the Program Manager, assist with other logistical, group management, and administrative tasks

Daily Program Life:
  • Live on-site for the duration of each program period and engage with students during mealtimes
  • On a rotating basis, take responsibility for Program-specific staff of the day duties
  • Take part in, and occasionally lead, program upkeep projects, social, and field activities
  • Serve as program caretaker during breaks as requested by the Program Manager
  • Drive standard transmission vehicles

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Advanced language ability or fluency in Spanish and English
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification (if you do not possess this, SFS may assist you in obtaining this 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, physical and mental health support, 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)

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.

To Apply:
Submit a resume and detailed cover letter outlining relevant experience and preference(s) for job location. References will be required upon request. Equal Opportunity Employer.


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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