Ecotourism Management 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 ecotourism, at least three years of experience in sustainable ecotourism development, and intermediate proficiency in Spanish is needed to serve as an Ecotourism Management Specialist for the National Reserve System of Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes (RNSIIPG) in Peru. This natural protected area is considered a very important tourist resource and receives visits from local, national, and international tourists due to the beauty of its natural surroundings, the coastal marine fauna, and its lighthouse.

The Ecotourism Management Specialist will support the RNSIIPG in the process of increasing ecotourism, update the carrying capacity of tourists, and propose an acceptable visitor load in the area. They will also develop a training outline to train local tour guides and support the RNSIIPG in developing environmental education strategies aimed at artisanal fishermen, students, and local community members.

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

National Reserve System of Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes (RNSIIPG) and the National Service of Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in tourism management, ecotourism, or other related careers.
• Minimum 3 years of experience in sustainable ecotourism development, preferably within natural protected areas.
• Proficiency in Spanish (written/spoken) at professional level in order to participate in trainings and meetings with local community.
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills, public speaking, and presentation skills that would be useful for the Volunteer’s coordination with different 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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