Community-based Restoration and Conservation Coordinator

Project Description

The Ramsar Regional Centre for the Western Hemisphere (CREHO) in Panama has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as a Community-based Restoration and Conservation Coordinator. The community of Santa Ana, recognizing their important geographical location along the Pacific migratory route for shorebirds, as well as the important economic activities in the area (salt production, shrimp, and small-scale fish farming), wants to continue strengthening the link between communities, biodiversity, and productive systems, and CREHO is supporting the creation of a Community Based Organization (CBO) called "Santa Ana Sostenible”. They have have identified a need for technical support to promote the sustainability of their restoration, conservation, and community environmental education activities.

The PCRV will collaborate in the systematization of the restoration actions that have been carried out in Santa Ana de Los Santos and support the CREHO technical team and the communities of Santa Ana in identifying best practices for conservation and sustainable production The PCRV will also work with the CREHO technical team to co- create a best practice guide for conservation and sustainable production in Santa Ana and co-design and co-facilitate community training continuums to share the best practice guide with the community.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Panama together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Ramsar Regional Centre for the Western Hemisphere (CREHO)

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations.
• Bachelor's degree in environmental studies (ecology, biology, etc.) or other related field
• Intermediate-high level of Spanish
• Experience in environmental conservation activities
• Experience in community, ecosystem, or holistic development
• Experience in public speaking and facilitating presentations
• Able to walk 1-3 hours in a humid, hot and tropical climate
• Intercultural skills and motivation, including cross-cultural agility, ability to work independently, resourcefulness, and creativity.

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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