Watershed Restoration Specialist
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The PCRV will work with ELTI staff to increase awareness and offer locally based solutions to environmental degradation and livestock production in the LVRW by strengthening the ecological restoration capacity of decision makers, establishing model farms with course participants to demonstrate alternative practices, and developing the leadership skills of land-use decision makers so they can be effective transmitters of ecological restoration practices. The overall goal is to increase on-farm productivity and restore the environment in cattle ranching landscapes by combining ELTI’s placed-based, experiential approach to teaching and learning with targeted post-training support to help farmers learn how to establish and manage their new systems and share their experiences with others.
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.
• Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) in Environmental Sciences (Ecology, Forestry, Biology, etc.) or equivalent field experience
• Advanced/fluent in both written and spoken Spanish
• 2 years of experience in at least one of the following: Conducting environmental education and leadership development; Conducting farm planning and soil conservation in watersheds; Developing and monitoring agroforestry systems and forest restoration strategies; Working with farmers and an understanding of agrarian culture
• Experience developing and conducting field-based training with farmers
• Knowledge of tropical ecology, agriculture, livestock production and forest restoration strategies
• Ability to physically work outdoors in extreme heat, humidity and rain
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.
Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.
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