Aquatic Resource Management Specialist

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Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

An Aquatic Resource Management Specialist with a master’s degree in marine biology, fisheries, or a related environmental field, SCUBA certification, and at least 3 years of experience in working on aquatic resource management and research and proposal writing is needed to assist with aquatic habitat assessment activities and training workshops in the College of Fisheries and Marine Science of Cagayan State University (CSU) in the Philippines. CSU has become a Regional Research Center for Aquaculture and Marine Fisheries and is tasked to undertake and implement research in the Biodiversity and Conservation Project, which aimed to promote best practices and sustain the protection and management of the coastal ecosystem on threatened areas of high biodiversity. As the only Fisheries College in the northern-most tip of the Philippines, the challenge to protect and conserve the diverse habitat and aquatic resources is essential, and the present exploitation and degradation of habitat within the Cagayan River basin and surrounding coastal towns could be addressed through proper management and training.

The Aquatic Resource Management Specialist will support the CSU team in performing assessment activities of primary productivity in aquatic habitats. The Response Volunteer will also provide trainings workshops on geo-tagging and identification of the origin of species in aquatic habitats and assist CSU staff to develop aquatic research proposals for international funding. The main goal of the assignment is to develop the capacity of the CSU College of Fisheries and Marine Science to produce graduates who can assist in the utilization and conservation of aquatic resources for sustainable development in this part of the country.

Partner Information

Cagayan State University-Aparri Campus, College of Fisheries & Marine Science

Required Skills

• Master’s Degree in Fisheries /Marine Biology, environment or related courses;
• At least three years’ experience in working with aquatic resource management program; hatchery management;
• SCUBA certification;
• At least three years’ experience in research and proposal writing;
• Excellent people skills with demonstrated flexibility and patience.

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.

Medical Considerations in Philippines

  • Philippines may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse.   
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: gluten, peanuts, and shellfish. 
  • After arrival in Philippines, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please also 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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