Endangered Species Conservation 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 with three years of experience in biological monitoring of amphibians and intermediate Spanish is needed to serve as an Endangered Species Conservation Specialist for Junín National Reserve in Peru. Located in the Andes are the habitats of two endangered species of frogs: Telmatobius Macrostomus and Telmatobius Brachydactylus. In recent years, the National Reserve of Junín has been promoting conservation initiatives to protect these endangered frog species through the capacity strengthening of park rangers, increasing local student knowledge, and promoting monitoring and data collection activities to understand the conservation status of these species. The purpose of this assignment is to continue the conservation initiatives of protecting these endemic frogs’ species and strengthening the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State’s (SERNANP) capacity to lead actions for their conservation and monitoring.

The Endangered Species Conservation Specialist will support the design and implementation of a monitoring protocol for the endangered frogs within the Junín National Reserve. They will collaborate to strengthen networks between SERNANP and the Denver Zoo, design a database system to monitor the frogs, and train Junín National Reserve’s park guards on the proper management, visualization, and analysis of ecological data.

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

Junín National Reserve-National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP)

Required Skills

•Bachelor’s degree in Biology (or related field) with 3 years of experience in biological monitoring of amphibians and/or Master’s degree in herpetology.
•Experienced in the field of scientific research related to biodiversity conservation / monitoring.
•Intermediate Spanish (written / spoken). Level that allows you to train rangers and volunteer park guards in wildlife monitoring and ecological data management.
•Ability to perform in extreme climatic conditions and high elevations (4105 m.a.s.l).

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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