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Agriculture Assignments

Learn more about how to qualify for the type of Volunteer assignments listed below.  Visit our interactive map to explore current Volunteer openings in this work area by country and departure dates.

  • Agriculture and Forestry Extension

    Volunteers work on a variety of production and conservation projects.

    How do I qualify?

    Education


    Applicants can qualify with a bachelor's degree in any discipline with an expressed interest in agriculture;
    OR one year of full-time experience described in the next column.

    Experience


    Applicants with a degree must have three months full time experience with large-scale commercial or family-run business involving vegetable gardening, farming, nursery work, tree planting or care, urban forestry, livestock (dairy or beef cattle, pigs, sheep, or chickens) care or management, or fish (freshwater or marine) cultivation or production. Other relevant experience that is helpful includes an interest and background in environmental issues and formal or informal teaching or tutoring of adults and/or youth, or interest or experience in income generating agriculture activities.

    Applicants without a degree must have one year full-time hands-on experience such as vegetable gardening, nursery work, tree planting, or urban forestry. Competitive applicants will have 3–5 years of such experience.

  • Applied Agricultural Science

    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.

    How do I qualify?

    Education


    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.

    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.

  • Farm Management and Agribusiness

    Volunteers work with small-scale farmers, farmers' cooperatives, agribusinesses, and nongovernmental organizations.

    How do I qualify?

    Education


    Applicants can qualify with a bachelor's degree in agriculture economics or agribusiness;
    OR a degree that combines agriculture and management;
    OR a business or economics degree combined with one year of hands-on experience in farming or agribusiness;
    OR at least three years full-time experience in farm management or agribusiness.

    Experience


    Competitive applicants have hands-on work experience in agriculture management or farming as well as general knowledge of business and marketing concepts.

How can being an agriculture Volunteer 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 Sep 23 2014