Environmental Training 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

An Environmental Training Specialist fluent in Spanish and experienced in developing and monitoring agroforestry systems and forest restoration strategies, and conducting field-based training with farmers is needed to assist the Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI) to provide more in-depth and interactive training opportunities at their focal training sites. In 2013, ELTI established their focal training sites in areas of long-term forest restoration. As a way to disseminate this scientific information and enable learning, ELTI developed demonstration areas, interpretive trail networks, and model farms from which data is collected and integrated into the course curriculum and training materials. Courses are facilitated by experts and communicate restoration science and best practices in an accessible and culturally sensitive manner by offering hands-on training as well as integrating local landowners who serve as co-facilitators of the course when visiting the model farms. ELTI’s approach of conducting field-based courses in the focal training sites facilitates the understanding of restoration principals, engages participants with active exercises, illustrates the importance of science in decision-making, and as a result empowers practitioners to initiate informed landscape restoration strategies.

The Environmental Training Specialist will work with ELTI to enrich these sites by further integrating scientific research and applied experiences into training materials and site infrastructure. The Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) will improve and create additional demonstration areas to illustrate different forest restoration and agroforestry system strategies in two areas of ELTI’s focal training sites: (1) Research Site Trail Network - integrate scientific research via the development of signage, interactive activities and training materials (field guides), and (2) Model Farms – there are some model farms established, but have little in terms of training materials (demonstration areas, field guides, exercises, etc). Developing local capacity is imperative for ELTI’s efforts, because community environmental leaders can disseminate forest restoration best practices to diverse audiences in an effective and culturally sensitive manner.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and might change.

Partner Information

Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI)

Required Skills

• Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a college or university in Environmental Sciences (Ecology, Forestry, Biology, etc.) or equivalent field experience
• Advanced/fluent in both written and spoken Spanish
• 3 years of experience developing environmental training, activities and materials
• 3 years of experience developing and monitoring agroforestry systems and forest restoration strategies
• 3 years of experience with farmers and an understanding of agrarian culture
• Experience developing and conducting field-based training with farmers
• Knowledge of tropical ecology, agriculture, livestock production and forest restoration strategies
• Ability to physically work outdoors in extreme heat, humidity and rain

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 Panama

  • Panama may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: 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 Panama, 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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