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Environment 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.

  • Environment Education and Awareness

    Volunteers help communities manage their natural resources and promote environmental education.

    How do I qualify?

    Education


    Applicants can qualify with a bachelor's degree in an environmental field such as environmental science, ecology, or natural resource conservation;
    OR a degree in any discipline with two years professional experience organizing or leading environmental activities. Most applicants have significant course work in science.

    Experience


    Most applicants have six months experience in related internships or study-abroad programs. Many have had seasonal employment educating the public on environmental issues. Other relevant experience includes conducting biological surveys of plants or animals, initiating environmental campaigns, planting trees or conducting other conservation activities, and grant writing for conservation efforts.

  • Forestry

    Volunteers help communities with projects to conserve natural resources.

    How do I qualify?

    Education


    Applicants can qualify with a bachelor's or associate degree in forestry, watershed or natural resource management, environmental science, or ecology;
    OR a degree in biology, botany, or geology and six months of growing or field experience
    OR a degree in any discipline and three years of work experience in forestry or nursery management.

    Experience


    Most applicants have at least six months of practical experience in gardening, farming, or nursery management. Other relevant experience includes vegetable production using organic and low-input methods, tree planting or other conservation activities, landscaping, a high level of comfort working outdoors, an understanding of how natural resources can be managed to sustain people's livelihoods, and use of computer applications such as geographic information systems for environmental research and modeling.

  • Protected-Areas Management

    Volunteers provide technical assistance and training in natural resource conservation, generally in close affiliation with national parks or other reserves.

    How do I qualify?

    Education


    Applicants can qualify with a bachelor's degree in wildlife biology, wildlife management, natural resource management, or park administration;
    OR a degree in any discipline and three years of work experience in park planning or administration, resource management, or wildlife management.

    Experience


    Most applicants have experience in providing technical assistance and training in natural resource management through volunteer work or internships. Other relevant experience includes conducting biological surveys of plants or animals, initiating environmental campaigns, tree planting or other local conservation activities, and grant writing for conservation efforts.

How can being an environment 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 environment experience is valued by numerous organizations, including the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, United Nations Environment Program, and many private companies and nongovernmental organizations seeking individuals with unique skills. Find out how returned Peace Corps Volunteers receive advantages in federal employment.

Also See:  Volunteer Benefits

Last updated Jul 15 2014