Natural Resource Management Trainer

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 a Natural Resource Management Trainer for the Forestry Training Institute in Liberia. Home to nearly half of the remaining Upper Guinean rainforests in West Africa, Liberia hosts tremendous tropical forest and biodiversity resources. These forests are recognized as a global hotspot for biodiversity because they are both rich in plants found only in West Africa and threatened because less than 30% of the forest cover remains. In order for Liberia to have a chance at sustainable management of its forest resources, it must ensure that young professionals coming into government, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations, have the capacity they need to address the multi-faceted challenges and opportunities of forest management. The Forestry Training Institute (FTI) is the main technical and field-based training program for mid-level forest and natural resource management technicians in Liberia. While FTI has benefited from and continues to receive modest amounts of donor and partner support to rebuild and revamp its training offerings from the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), FTI still faces significant obstacles. These challenges include a lack of teaching/research forests or field-based training centers, inadequate training equipment and teaching resources, and faculty who lack the necessary knowledge and skillsets to effectively train students to meet the demands of today’s work force.

A Natural Resource Management Trainer with three years practical experience in forestry, agriculture, natural resource management, field-based project management, or a related field is needed to build the capacity of faculty at FTI. The Response Volunteer will provide recommendations regarding options and pathways for improved field-based training sites, plan and implement at least three technical trainings of trainers for FTI faculty on identified areas of need, and carry out at least three technical courses for FTI students. In addition, the Response Volunteer will also provide inputs to the structure and content of conservation curriculum. The overall goal of this assignment is for the Response Volunteer to liaise closely with the FTI Director, Peace Corps, USAID, USFS and other relevant FTI partners in order to ensure effective project coordination.

Please note that this position is one of several that will depart for service in Liberia 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

Forestry Training Institute (FTI)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s Degree in forestry, environment, natural resource management or related field;
• Three years practical experience in forestry, agriculture, natural resource management, field-based project management or related field;
• Demonstrated capacity building/training experience, including within challenging contexts regarding availability of modern amenities (need for resourcefulness);
• Ability to operate effectively both independently and as part of a team across multiple organizations;
• Capable of achieving results while working in (at times) a physically and mentally challenging context;
• Demonstrated ability to work across cultures;
• Effective communicator both written and orally.

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

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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