Lead for Putney

We seek extraordinary people.

Much of Putney Student Travel’s success over the last 63 summers of high school and middle school summer programs abroad comes from the high quality, enthusiasm, and dedication of our amazing group of leaders and instructors.  Putney staff are fun, energetic, creative, safety-conscious, and knowledgeable. They enjoy working with teenagers in dynamic environments, and seek opportunities to get to know each participant as a mentor and friend.

Our Requirements

To join our team of Putney Student Travel leaders, Pre-College staff members, and National Geographic Student Expeditions leaders you must be able to motivate and engage students in a wide range of situations and settings.  Leadership on all programs requires extensive interaction with and mentoring of students. Excellent personal leadership skills and the ability to handle multiple ongoing tasks are crucial, given the inherently high degree of independence and responsibility necessary to run a Putney program. Successful candidates have the ability to inspire, lead, mentor, educate, and set limits.

Requirements (Please click on the program(s) you are interested in to view additional specific position requirements.)

Please note, all applicants must have the legal right to work in the United States (we are unable to assist with applications for work visas.)


Community Service

  • College degree.
  • A high level of proficiency in the language spoken in the country.
  • Travel/Study/Work experience in the country or a similar country. Preference is given to applicants with extensive in-country experience.
  • Certification in Basic First Aid and CPR at your own expense by June 2014.
  • Ability to drive stick shift (required for some, but not all, programs).
  • Must be available to attend Leader Training, June 5-8, 2014.


Language Learning

  • College degree.
  • Fluency in the target language.
  • At least six months of experience traveling/studying/living in the country.
  • Experience teaching the target language.
  • Certification in Basic First Aid and CPR at your own expense by June 2014.
  • Ability to drive stick shift (required for some, but not all, programs).
  • Preference is given to applicants with extensive teaching experience and/or in-country experience.
  • Must be available to attend Leader Training, June 5-8, 2014.


Global Awareness in Action

  • College degree.
  • Proficiency in the language spoken in the country
  • Educational background or work experience related to the issue focus of the program.
  • Certification in Basic First Aid and CPR at your own expense by June 2014.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with fluency in the language(s) spoken and specific in-country experience.
  • Must be available to attend Leader Training, June 5-8, 2014.


Cultural Exploration

  • College degree.
  • Proficiency in the language spoken in the country.
  • Travel/Study/Work experience in the country or a similar country. Preference is given to applicants with extensive in-country experience.
  • Certification in Basic First Aid and CPR at your own expense by June 2014.
  • For specialized Cultural Exploration programs, preference is given to applicants with specific professional and/or educational experience.
  • Must be available to attend Leader Training, June 5-8, 2014.


Foundations

  • College degree.
  • Proficiency in Spanish.
  • Certification in Basic First Aid and CPR at your own expense by June 2014.
  • Preference is given to applicants with travel/study/living experience in Costa Rica and experience leading/teaching 7th and 8th grade students.
  • Must be available to attend Leader Training, June, 2014.


Pre-College Instructor (All Pre-College Programs)

  • College degree.
  • Significant academic and/or work experience with the subject matter for the classes which you are applying to teach.
  • Ability to work independently to create a hands-on curriculum that brings your subject matter to life.
  • For international programs, preference is given to applicants who have spent time traveling/studying/living in the country.
  • Preference is given to applicants with an advanced degree and/or fluency in the language spoken in country.
  • Availability to attend in-country Leader Training one week prior to the start of the program.


Pre-College Program Assistant (International Programs)

  • Completion of third year in college.
  • Preference is given to applicants who have spent time traveling/studying/living in the country.
  • Preference is given to applicants who are fluent in the language spoken in country.
  • Availability to attend in-country Leader Training one week prior to the start of the program.


Pre-College Program Assistant (Amherst College)

  • Completion of sophomore year in college.
  • Preference is given to applicants with prior residential living experience.
  • Valid U.S. Driver’s License.
  • Availability to attend Leader Training in Amherst, MA, one week prior to the start of the program.


National Geographic Student Expeditions

  • College degree. Preference is given to applicants with an advanced degree.
  • Proficiency in the language(s) spoken in country.
  • Experience traveling/studying/living in the program destination(s).
  • Extensive academic and/or work experience with one of the On Assignment specialties offered in the expedition.
  • Certification in Basic First Aid and CPR at your own expense by June 2014.
  • Availability to attend Leader Training in late May 2014.

When to Apply

We begin accepting applications on December 1st, and hold interviews from January until April. If you are interested in working as a leader or instructor, we encourage you to submit your application materials early in our hiring cycle. We prefer to interview candidates in person, but will offer Skype interviews as needed.

How to Apply

If you are interested in joining the Putney Team this summer, please take the time to learn more about the high school or middle school summer programs you may be qualified to lead. Please also read through leader bios from previous summers to get a good sense of the kind of qualifications that we are looking for.

If you meet our eligibility requirements and want to explore the possibility of working for Putney, please proceed to our online application.

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Contact Us

If you have specific questions about employment opportunities or the hiring process, please contact the Hiring Directors directly:

Putney Student Travel – jobs@goputney.com

National Geographic Student Expeditions – jobs@ngstudentexpeditions.com

Pre-College – precollege@goputney.com

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