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“By teaching them the utility of forests and how to use open-root bed nurseries and locally available seeds, I hope to make the project sustainable well beyond my presence and the presence of Peace Corps.”

David Solana Volunteer in Guinea

Volunteers help communities with projects to conserve natural resources.

Depending on your specific assignment, you might:

  • Conduct soil conservation and reforestation projects
  • Oversee watershed management and flood control
  • Encourage production of sustainable fuels
  • Improve agroforestry practices, such as fruit production
  • Build live fences and alley cropping
  • Encourage preservation of biodiversity, sometimes near national parks or other reserves
  • Utilize GIS/GPS in land use planning

How do I qualify?


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.


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.

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 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 Jan 30 2014