Biodiversity Environment Specialist

Before You Apply

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

Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology or Forestry, at least three years of experience in ecosystem conservation, and intermediate proficiency in Spanish is needed to serve as a Biodiversity Environment Specialist for the Calipuy National Sanctuary in Peru. In recent years, the natural ecosystem of the Calipuy National Sanctuary has begun its natural recovery process after degradation. For this reason, there is a greater need to analyze and monitor this recovery process and to evaluate the diversity of flora and fauna present within the area.
The Biodiversity Environment Specialist will design and implement research protocols for monitoring and evaluating the flora and fauna in the region, support the identification of degraded ecosystems and provide proposals for recovery, and support the training and technical assistance of sanctuary personnel in conservation, sustainable management of natural resources, and use of trap cameras. They will also support the development of activities and actions in environmental education for conservation within the geographical area of the sanctuary through training and participation, through workshops, informative talks, and campaigns of environmental awareness with environmental leaders, the local population, and school ecological clubs.

Please note that this position is one of several that will depart for service in Peru at the same time. It is unlikely that the departure date will change and applicants will be notified if the date does change. Please only apply if you are available on the date listed and if you can serve for the entire duration of the project.

Partner Information

Calipuy National Sanctuary–National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Forestry, or other subjects related to conservation.
• Minimum 3 years’ experience monitoring wild flora and fauna and working in ecosystem conservation.
• Knowledge in the use of computers for monitoring wildlife (camera traps).
• Proficiency in Spanish (written/spoken) at a professional level in order to train park guards in monitoring protocols and to coordinate conservation efforts with SERNANP staff and other local organizations.

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 Peru

  • Peru may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified. 
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Peru, 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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