Applied Agricultural Science
“I was very grateful to work on fruit tree grafting, improved millet trials, and the Sahelian Eco-Farm, an integrated agroforestry system. It was a great opportunity to see development from the research point of view and realize what a useful tool Peace Corps can be to link research to application in the village.”
Shane HetzlerVolunteer in Senegal
Volunteers encourage sustainable crop production by working hand-in-hand with farmers to introduce organic farming techniques, better farm management, and promote development of small agriculture business projects.
Depending on your specific assignment, you might:
- Conduct workshops on integrated pest management
- Introduce composting, green manures, and other soil-improvement techniques
- Test new varieties of seeds and demonstrate post-harvest management methods
- Teach agriculture and extension methodologies in formal training institutions
- Develop marketing strategies
How do I qualify?
Applicants must have a bachelor's or associate degree in agronomy or horticulture;
OR three years of full-time farm experience;
OR a bachelor's in any discipline plus 18 months full-time farming experience;
OR a bachelor's in botany or entomology plus six months of fruit or vegetable growing experience;
OR a bachelor's in biology with substantial coursework in agricultural science, botany, or entomology plus six months of fruit or vegetable growing experience.
Competitive applicants have a solid background in agricultural production on family or commercial farms. They have grown fruits and vegetables and understand concepts such as soil fertility and integrated pest management. Other relevant experience includes interest in, and knowledge of, organic farming, mechanical skills from using farm machinery, some experience with livestock, and knowledge of food storage and preservation.
How will this advance my career?
Through serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer, you can gain fluency in a foreign language, international experience, and cross-cultural understanding, attributes that are highly sought-after assets in today’s global economy. Peace Corps agricultural experience is valued by numerous organizations, including the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, USDA Extension Service, the U.S. Food and Nutrition Service, United Nations Environment Program, and many private corporations and public organizations seeking individuals with unique skills. Find out how returned Peace Corps Volunteers receive advantages in federal employment.
Also See: Volunteer Benefits
Last updated Jan 30 2014