Ecotourism 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

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) with a Bachelor’s degree in tourism management, sustainable tourism, business tourism, or a related field and an advanced level of Spanish is requested to serve as an Ecotourism Specialist with The National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP) at The Historic Sanctuary of Chacamarca (SHC) in Peru. Located more than 4,000 meters above sea level and covering an area of more than 2,500 hectares, the SHC is a protected natural area that includes a diverse array of high Andean biodiversity such as the vicuña, foxes, the wild guinea pig, and the giant Junín frog. It is also an important heritage site containing a monument of the battle of Junín. A key objective of the SHC is to preserve the natural scenery of the Battle of Junín (August 06, 1824) and maintain a representative sample of the biodiversity of the Humid Puna of the Central Andes of Peru. A goal of the project is to establish a strong ecotourism program in advance of the BICENTENARIO de la Independencia (2021-2024).
The SHC team is committed to the goal of seeing the BICENTENARIO through by preserving a protected natural area and promoting tourism and local economic development. The support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) with tourism marketing skills and experience in promoting tourism in protected natural areas is highly sought. The PCRV will support SHC through providing training to staff, developing strategic partnerships, and by securing grants. The PCRV will also be expected to share innovative technology for tourism development and marketing.

Partner Information

National Service of Natural Protected Areas by the State - SERNANP - Historic Sanctuary of Chacamarca

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in tourism management, sustainable tourism, business tourism, etc.
• Experience in digital marketing
• Experience in the development and implementation of mini projects, tourism planning and marketing documents
• Skilled in MS Office software (medium-advanced level), social networks (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc.), 2D and 3D animation, multimedia software (editing videos, audios, etc.)
• Advanced level of Spanish
• Experience working in natural and/or cultural heritage areas (monuments, historical sites, cultural expressions, etc.)

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 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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