Fire 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 (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Fire Management Specialist for the Reserva de la Biosfera los Petenes (RBLP) in San Francisco de Campeche, Mexico. Los Petenes Biosphere Reserve has the particularity of having ecosystems that depend on fire like marsh areas locally known as tulares y popales, as well as sensitive ecosystems like mangroves, seasonally evergreen forests and hammocks locally known as “petenes”. One of the threats in this landscape is the alteration of fire regimes, in other words, an alteration in the frequency, intensity, timing, severity of fire in ecosystems. These changes result from direct anthropogenic activities as well as public policies focused on the exclusion of fire. In fire-dependent ecosystems there is exclusion of fire, while in the sensitive ones there are recurrent fires associated with agriculture and hunting activities. The capacity of ecosystems to maintain their functions (i.e. regulation of hydrological flows) is compromised as a result of the alteration of the fire regime. These changes in fire regimes and ecosystems service provision affects the human communities within the protected natural area and the distant human communities that benefit indirectly from these ecosystem services.

A Fire Management Specialist, with at least a degree in natural sciences, biology, natural resources management, or a related field or more than 10 years of wild land fire planning and ecological monitoring experience, is needed to collaborate with the Reserve’s team providing oversight, guidance and training in the development and implementation of an ecologically based fire management program that reduces risks to communities and creates Climate-Change resilient ecosystems. The work will be done through field assessments, GIS and development of a Fire Ecology program through a comprehensive vegetation monitoring plan. The PCRV will conduct a field assessment, collect data through GIS, co-develop a vegetation monitoring plan, and perform training on and implementation of a fire ecology program. The goal of this assignment is to produce a comprehensive prescribed fire strategy and monitoring plan for Los Petenes Biosphere Reserve.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and might change.

Volunteer safety is of paramount importance, and the protections of U.S. citizenship promote volunteer safety. Under Mexican law, anyone born in Mexico who became a U.S. citizen after 1998 or anyone holding dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship is considered a citizen of Mexico, and not of the United States. If such an individual faced a legal, safety or other emergency situation in Mexico, the Peace Corps' ability to intervene could be limited. Therefore, the PC will not place in Mexico individuals who are either dual citizens of Mexico and the U.S. or who were born in Mexico and became U.S. citizens after 1998. If you fit either of these categories, we encourage you to look at other opportunities with PC Response.


Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP)

Required Skills

• Degree in Natural Sciences, biology, natural resources management, or a related field or more than 10 years of wild land fire planning and ecological monitoring experience.

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 Mexico

  • Mexico may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: none identified.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Mexico, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please also review Important Medical Information for Applicants [PDF] to learn about other health conditions typically not supported in Peace Corps service.

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