Location: Forfar Field Station, Andros, Bahamas
Director Description and Duties:
Assumes leadership role of the field station staff team, encouraging and fostering positive attitudes,
setting a good example, and prioritizing staff efforts.
Communicates frequently with the Executive Director regarding all aspects of the field station
operations and with the Program Coordinator to ensure trip instructors expectations are met. Works
closely with the Facilities Director to ensure facilities, vehicles and vessels are maintained.
Assumes leadership role in the working relationship of the field study/trip instructors and field station
staff insuring both the educational program expectations of the instructor and the operational
limitations of the field station and staff are realistic and negotiated equitably when necessary.
Ensures that equipment and staff resources at the field station are used efficiently and fairly when more
than one school group is utilizing the field station to meet the needs of each group as equitably as
Acts as a representative of both the field station and International Field Studies, Inc. in dealing with the
local community, local partner organizations such as Bahamas National Trust and government officials
such as customs and immigration officers.
Staff management includes: delegate and assign duties to education staff; mediate problems in a direct
and fair manner; coordinates staff work schedules; with the Executive Director, bi-annually evaluates
performance of Forfar Field Station staff members; periodically observes and assesses education staff
classroom presentations and in field teaching.
Operations management includes: identifies staff and field station needs and supplies; oversees the
food ordering, manages the kitchen staff, and keeps an inventory of supplies; keeps detailed records of
expenditures; provides receipts to the office; bi-monthly prepares payroll for staff; prepares a weekly
budget and petty cash reconciliation reports.
The Director is expected to step into the Environmental Education Intern’s role if needed
and their job expectations are listed below:
Environmental Education: IFS employees’ supplement the group leader's knowledge with local site
information and topical lectures. The level of assistance with educational programming will vary
according to the group leader’s expertise and experience. Must become knowledgeable in basic level
local flora and fauna.
Trip Facilitation: IFS employees are expected to stay in close contact with the group leader, transport
the group to their desired sites, and monitor the group's safety while doing so. Must become proficient
with driving station vehicles.
Field Station Operations: There are daily, weekly, and monthly tasks to be completed to maintain full
operation of the field station.
Maintenance: All employees participate in maintenance and repair of the vehicles, boats, buildings, and
other equipment as needed.
• BS in Environmental Education, Marine Biology, Outdoor Recreation and Leadership, Operations
Management, or similar major
• Managerial experience or team leadership
• Experience with diving (Dive Master required), snorkeling, and driving boats
• Experience with facilitation and leading trips
• Experience creating and presenting educational programming (middle school to adult audiences a
• Experience with bookkeeping (QuickBooks a plus), inventory tracking, and/or supply ordering
• Experience with facilities maintenance and upkeep
• Key personality traits include: ability to live and work in a small group environment with limited
personal space in rustic and rural conditions, flexible and adaptable, responsible and safety
conscientious, relatable and personable with students/group leaders/visitors/locals, a team player
with a good work ethic, leadership skills
• Must have a valid Driver’s License and be comfortable driving large vans on unpaved, rural roads
• Must consent to and pass a Background Check
• Physical requirements: Must be able to and desire to spend time diving, snorkeling, or driving boats
for up to 8 hours a day, must be able to climb up and down ladders, must be able to lift 50 lbs, and
must be able to drive a van for up to 1.5 hours at a time
• Must be able to commit to a minimum of two years
A monthly stipend (between $800-$1000) with lodging and food is provided. Housing is shared with a
roommate in a two-bedroom open air cabin (no A/C or heating) with a bathroom, kitchenette, and living
space/office space. Additionally, professional dive insurance, some travel expenses, work visa
application fees and renewals, and a monthly stipend towards medical insurance are provided. The
Director is allowed to have four free guests per year and is entitled to four weeks paid vacation per year.
How to Apply:
Send your cover letter and resume to Lindsey Christ, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, no phone calls please.
International Field Studies, Inc. (IFS) is an educational and scientific non-profit organization established to promote and assist educators with field study programs. Established in 1970, IFS grew out of the increasing teacher interest in implementing field study experiences for their students with minimal organizational difficulty and expense. International Field Studies offers secondary schools, university groups, scientific researchers, and other special-interest organizations field studies in four program areas 1) Forfar Field Station 2) Forfar Marine Science 6-Week/Gap Year Program 3) Bahamas Blue Water Sailing Program and the 4) Continental & International Trips.