Forest Management Specialist

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Project Description

A Forest Management Specialist fluent in Spanish and experienced in agroforestry practices and monitoring and evaluating forest restoration is needed to train farmers in wood handling techniques. The Despertar El Campesino Cooperative, a local farmer association, was managing an agreement for the exploitation of Caribbean pine for almost 8 years with the Ministry of the Environment where the objective was to do forest management of the wood plantation and that this was used for the manufacturing of furniture and sale of clean wood. One of the weaknesses of the Cooperative was that it didn’t have the necessary tools to make the most of it. The interest of the Cooperative is to implement techniques, harvesting tools and a better plan for the sustainable use of the plantation with the support of the Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV). Through the technical support of the Volunteer, members of the cooperatives and managers can be better trained to manage the forestry project that would benefit the cooperative and its associates, as well as the community in general.

The Forest Management Specialist will train and advise Cooperative staff and partners in charge of the project in techniques and strategies to take advantage of trees in the best way, and thus obtain better income for the organization to continue and expand the social projects of the organization and local communities. The goal of this assignment is for the PCRV to train partners, including designing an operational manual, and creating a record for wood extraction and processing.

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

Despertar El Campesino Cooperative

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 (B.A. or B.S.) from a college or university in Forestry or Forestry Engineering or 2 years working in a forest company / association
• Advanced / fluent in spoken and written Spanish
• 2 years of experience carrying out agroforestry management
• 2 years of experience in training and creating educational materials on forestry related topics
• Proficient in Microsoft Office
• Organizational skills and the ability to work alone and with little supervision
• Physical ability to work outdoors in the rain, humidity and extreme heat

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