Natural Resources Management 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 (PCRV) who speaks advanced Spanish is needed to serve as a Natural Resources Management Specialist in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (RNPS). The Reserva Nacional Pacaya Samiria, or RNPS, is a natural area protected by the Peruvian Government, under the management of the National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP). RNPS provides access to the natural resources offered by the reserve to the local population for subsistence purposes as well as for commercialization. They also provide the population and organizations in the area with support in management and use of natural resources, institutional strengthening, data generation, and analysis to improve their activities and outcomes. A PCRV is needed to work side-by-side with RNPS specialists to strengthen natural resource conservation activities in this reserve. Given the lack of innovative education techniques and contextualized technical methods to train communities and given the presence of organizations exploiting natural resources within the reserve, SERNANP is limited in its ability to achieve sustainable conservation and management practices with a consistent impact.

A Natural Resources Management Specialist with 5 years’ experience in environmental organizational management is needed to assess the management actions and activities at the reserve and present their findings to the staff. Using this assessment, the PCRV will work with the RNPS staff and community organizations to design and implement a sustainable protocol to monitor the local resources. Additionally, the PCRV will support SERNANP in strengthening the existing volunteer ranger program at the reserve in order to continue conserving and monitoring biodiversity. The goal of this assignment is to improve the capabilities of RNPS staff and raise awareness in the local communities on biodiversity conservation and sustainable management issues.

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

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve - National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecosystem Management, Environmental Engineering, or related studies
• 5 years’ experience in environmental organizational management
• 2 to 3 years’ of experience training community members and organizations in sustainable resource management
• Advanced Spanish language (written and spoken), which enables training of effective specialists and park rangers and volunteer park rangers, as well as members of management organizations, in environmental education issues

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 Peru

  • Peru may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; 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 Peru, 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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