Working and Living on Eleuthera
The Island School was founded in 1999 and offers an independent semester abroad program in The Bahamas for high school sophomores or juniors. The 14-week course of study includes class work in ecology, applied scientific research, history, math, art, and English literature, as well as physical and outdoor education programs and a weekly community service component. In order to make each semester successful, we look for energetic educators with highly developed organizational and improvisational skills, a willingness to stretch beyond traditional job descriptions and the ability to take care of themselves in an island environment lacking the traditional “big city” comforts. The success of our program depends on the energy and expertise of the people we bring together. Therefore, composing a team of educators who work toward common goals for the benefit of the larger community is the focus of our applicant search. As a member of our community, you will experience the day-to-day challenges of living on an island while also discovering the rewards of working with young people and other educators who share a similar dedication to academic rigor, environmental issues, and local culture.
South Eleuthera is country living. There are no hospitals on island; however, there is a doctor who serves South Eleuthera and a number of nurses that operate clinics in every settlement. For emergencies, The Island School has a well-tested medical evacuation protocol that can deliver patients to a hospital in Nassau or South Florida. There are no Starbucks, fast food restaurants, etc. The local markets have a limited selection of goods, and there is one bank ATM within an hour of the school. Free long-distance phone service and internet access is provided by the school and is widely available. Though not perfect, our phone and internet connections are very reliable. US cell phones work well on South Eleuthera, but the rates are high (roughly $2.30/minute to call the States); Bahamian cell phones are a reliable and inexpensive option for local purposes.
Teaching at The Island School
While the primary responsibility of our teachers is to deliver progressive, thoughtful coursework in their area of expertise, they must also be able to juggle myriad responsibilities beyond academics. This includes supporting the morning exercise program, doing chores alongside the students, and countless smaller duties associated with running a boarding program, often requiring a presence into the evenings and over the weekends. We encourage you to apply if you have experience and/or expertise in our core subject areas: human and marine ecology; environmental science; mathematics; environmental art; English literature; and history. Medical training, experience in SCUBA instruction, kayaking and outdoor leadership skills are also beneficial. Finally, skills related to the general operation of a remote campus setting—facilities maintenance, gear maintenance, special event support, office support, and general administration—further enrich your candidacy.
Compensation is dependent on experience and may include housing and a health and dental plan, as well as salary. We welcome general applications, though applying for a specific position is recommended. For all positions, the most successful applicants will have demonstrated a career commitment to teaching and temperamental fitness for a remote community setting. While we do seek technicians, our craft is teaching. We seek people who by their nature help people and organizations learn. Please see the Curriculum page of our website for more information on the courses we offer.
Applying to work at The Island School
We receive over 500 resumes each year for a very limited number of positions. Consequently, we cannot respond personally to every submission. Instead, we rely on a hiring website to process and organize the submissions. If you would like to submit an application for any of the positions listed below, please closely follow these steps:
- Before anything else, gather as much information as possible about our institution and the position you would like to apply for. We are a unique working environment that is not suited for everyone. So be sure to read all information, understanding the pertinent sections of the website before you send an inquiry or application.
- Organize your cover letter, resume, reference contact information, and any other relevant materials into a single PDF file saved as your full name (ie: “Jane Smith.pdf”). You may include letters of reference if you choose; however, we require only contact information for your references as we are more interested in contacting them directly.
- When your materials are ready, submit them as an email with attachment to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, be sure to specify clearly what position and subject you are applying for (ie, Human Ecology Teaching Fellowship or Histories full-time postion). If you would like to apply for more than one subject, please submit to your first choice only, and specify in the body of the email the other disciplines you would like to be considered for.
- You will receive a confirmation email within 10-15 minutes of your submitting an application. Because it is sent from Catchthebest.com, it may get filtered as junk mail. Be sure to check your junk email folder if you do not see an auto-reply shortly after submitting.
- We regret that we cannot follow up with every applicant, so some applicants may not hear from us beyond the auto-reply. Individualized contact with other candidates will come over email. Hiring for most full-time (year-long) positions begins in January and concludes by June. However, we hire Master Teachers on a rolling basis.
- October 1 – March 31: Applications accepted
- February – March: Interviews via Skype video
- March- May: On-site visits for finalists
- May-June: Contracts offered
- August 1: Start date