“The new eco-tourist park has the largest zip line in Guatemala, passing over the forest canopy. It was built with the hope that it will be sustainable and help support the management and conservation of the protected areas. I’m very proud to work with such an exemplary project focused on conserving natural resources instead of using them.”
Justin FleuryVolunteer in Guatemala
Volunteers provide technical assistance and training in natural resource conservation, generally in close affiliation with national parks or other reserves.
Depending on your specific assignment, you might:
- Provide technical training to park managers, guards, and guides
- Promote community-based conservation, such as sustainable use of land- or marine-based resources
- Promote ecotourism and other income-generating activities for communities living near protected areas
How do I qualify?
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.
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 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