Environmental Education and Outreach 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 is needed to serve as an Environmental Education and Outreach Specialist for Africa Parks Malawi. The United States Forest Service (USFS) has entered into a long-term partnership with African Parks defined by trust and understanding, technical cooperation of mutual benefit, a currency of technical and cultural exchange, and a focus on tailored, targeted, and practical contributions. This partnership is initially focused on a single wildlife reserve in Malawi and will be expanded to include the remaining parks over time. A Peace Corps Response Volunteer is needed to support USFS efforts at the wildlife reserve in Malawi and support selected departments within the park in enhancing their capacity to implement activities on the ground.

An Environmental Education and Outreach Specialist with a Bachelor of Science in forestry, natural resource management, or related field is needed to support the Education Unit at the wildlife reserve and the technical collaboration between USFS and AP. The PCRV will collaborate with the Community Extension Manager in performing the following duties: community engagement, tourism development, and landscape ecology and management. The overall goal of the assignment is for the Response Volunteer to support in building AP’s capacity in education and outreach, targeting communities around the park and its visitors.

Please note that this position is one of several that will depart for service in Malawi at the same time. It is unlikely that the departure date will change but 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

Africa Parks (AP) Malawi; Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

Required Skills

• Minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry, natural resource management, or related field, or significant interest and experience in natural resource management and climate change
• At least 5 years of working experience
• Experience in the design and production of media materials

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 Malawi

  • Malawi may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood; cardiology; dermatology; gastroenterology; some types of gynecologic support; insulin-dependent diabetes; mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; seizure disorder; urology; 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: peanuts.
  • After arrival in Malawi, 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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