Floriculture 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 is needed to serve as a Floriculture Specialist in the Carig Campus of the Cagayan State University to develop the first floriculture project in the entire province of Cagayan. The floriculture industry is a flourishing business with its demand continuously increasing. In the Philippines, the demand from the domestic market is so big that the country has no option but to import some cut flowers, mainly chrysanthemums and orchids, from other countries. Tuguegarao City, being one of the hottest cities in the country, does not have floriculture gardens and has to source out cut flowers from other countries or other parts of the Philippines, specifically in Benguet Province. Cagayan State University with its more than 40 years of existence has continuously and consistently pursuing to stay competitive and relevant as a leader in education, instruction, research and development and production. One of the ventures that the University is eyeing is the establishment of a floriculture project in its Carig Campus. It is a research- based project that aims to be the center of cut flower production and new forms of urban horticulture in the Cagayan Valley Region through the practice of vertical gardening and eco-architecture, cut flower production through greenhouse and open-field management with drip irrigation. These programs: vertical gardening; eco-agriculture; open-field and green house management for cut flowers all aim to serve as an income source for the University, a demonstration garden for residents of Tuguegarao and offer extension program in the Cagayan Valley Region as a supporting alternative agro-income generating activities for marginalized farmers and families.

A Floriculture Specialist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Floriculture, Horticulture or related field and at least three years of experience in the industry is needed to develop a floriculture project at Cagayan State University. The Volunteer will work as an expert technical adviser of the University for the floriculture project and design and conduct training activities for faculty, staff and students. In partnership with the University, the Volunteer will establish and determine the operations of the greenhouse and open-filed gardens. The goal of this project is to establish the University’s Floriculture initiative and develop Information, Education and Communication Materials (IEC) in floriculture for the university.

Partner Information

Cagayan State University (CSU)- Carig Campus

Required Skills

• Bachelor/ Associate Degree in the Floriculture, Horticulture or any related field;
• At least three (3) years’ work on floriculture or horticulture industry;
• At least three (3) years’ work experience in greenhouse and open field gardens;
• Experience designing and conducting training activities
• Demonstrated ability to live and work in multi- cultural setting;
• Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated flexibility.

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 Philippines

  • Philippines may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: gluten, peanuts, and shellfish.
  • After arrival in Philippines, 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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