Environmental Education Specialist

Project Description

The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (RNPS) in Peru has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as an Environmental Education Specialist. Located in the Yanayacu-Pucate river basin, RNPS utilizes education to raise awareness, improve understanding of environmental problems, and encourage positive behaviors regarding the use of resources. RNPS, in collaboration with the National Service of Protected Natural Areas (SERNANP), has undertaken various actions aimed at mitigating environmental threats and preventing environmental breakdown. For more than 10 years, it has developed environmental education activities aimed towards primary and secondary level students. RNPS is requesting a PCRV to support their specialists in strengthening environmental education and ecotourism initiatives to continue conservation.

The Environmental Education Specialist PCRV will identify topics and prepare environmental education workshops for educational institutions and community management organizations. The PCRV will also design training events and prepare materials for teachers from educational institutions throughout the Yanayacu-Pucate river basin. While conducting field activities, the Environmental Education Specialist will train RNPS staff in environmental education and resource management. The main goal of this assignment is to enhance the capacity of RNPS staff and strengthen environmental education and ecotourism initiatives in the region.

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 Peru together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve - National Service of Protected Natural Areas (SERNANP)

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 Science Education, biology, natural resource management, or related field
• 2-3 years of experience in facilitating Environmental Education and Communication Environmental Conservation to rural communities
• Advanced Spanish (written/spoken) level to train park rangers and volunteer park-keepers on environmental education topics

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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