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Job Applicant FAQs

  • Where do faculty live? 

    Faculty housing options vary from location to location, but virtually all faculty live on-site in accommodations separate from the students.

    The residential component of the program is an essential tool in the learning and teaching process for students and staff alike. Meals are taken communally with the rest of the staff and student group.

  • Can my spouse/partner/family join me? 

    Yes. Candidates should keep in mind, however, that our field stations are generally located in rural and/or isolated locations.

    There is no easy access to schools for children and employment opportunities for spouses. While conditions vary from place to place, housing opportunities for families are limited.

  • Can my pets join me? 

    No. The presence of domestic animals (pets) at the field stations can detract from the educational and research environment essential to completing the mission statement of SFS.

    Providing a safe, clean, healthy and non-threatening community group living situation can be hampered by the physical presence of pets. Accordingly pets will not be allowed at any SFS field station. In addition, due to the isolation of the field stations, proper veterinary care is not readily available.

  • Do you accept joint applications from spouses/partners? 

    While you may apply in conjunction with another person for two different positions, SFS considers each applicant on his or her own merits.

    Also, SFS policy prohibits related persons from being in a position that is responsible for supervision of the other. Due to the small size of our on-site staff, it is rarely possible to hire both spouses/partners. SFS does not allow job sharing.

  • Does my citizenship/residency matter? 

    SFS seeks to employ the most qualified people, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, or physical or mental disabilities.

    SFS does not take into account a person's citizenship/residency in reviewing applications. However, if you are a citizen or resident of a country that is not (as determined by the host country government) permitted to work in the host country, we cannot override that decision.

  • How do you determine salary levels for positions in the field? 

    When setting salary ranges, we take into consideration your experience level, local standard of living costs, and local market salary ranges for similar positions.

    Please take note that our entire compensation package includes other sources of compensation above and beyond salary, such as free room and board, paid time off, travel and medical insurance reimbursements, and relocation assistance.

    Local support staff, Student Affairs Managers, Site Managers, and Center Directors all have competitive, fixed starting salaries. Residential faculty start within a salary range based on their qualifications.

  • I'm not interested in or available for any current open position. How do I apply for future positions? 

    Register at our Job Opportunities page and provide a cover letter indicating type of position and timeframe of interest.

  • What is the academic schedule? 

    While programs are in session, the centers operate on a six-day work week.
    A sample Academic Schedule is as follows:


    January - May


    Summer I

    June - July


    Summer II

    July - August



    September - December


    The academic schedule is determined on a yearly basis.