Organic Farming 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

An Organic Farming Specialist with at least 3 years of experience in organic farming is needed to assist the College of Agriculture and Home Science (CAHS) at Ifugao State University (IFSU) in the establishment of an organic demo farm and fertilizer production area. At IFSU, training on Natural Farming System/Organic Farming has been conducted since 2006 with farmers from nearby communities and students, and IFSU is a Technical Education and Skills Development Authority accredited as a training and assessment center for Organic Agriculture. The planned establishment of an organic vegetable production demo farm and organic fertilizer production area in the University main campus will become a learning site for farmers, students and faculty and the demo farm will showcase the application of organic fertilizers and botanical pesticides in the vegetable production. The demo farm will serve as a model for the other campuses to follow and will facilitate and provide opportunity for complementary support among the other campuses with agricultural lands.

With the guidance from a PCRV, the College of Agriculture and Home Science seeks to introduce and design concepts for an organic vegetable production model farm and an organic fertilizer production area. The PCRV will also review the agriculture extension programs/curriculum and propose and assist in training activities on organic agriculture principles and technologies. The main goal of the assignment is to provide technical support to the CAHS staff for the implementation and operation of this planned organic demo farm.

Partner Information

College of Agriculture and Home Science (CAHS)-Ifugao State University (IFSU) – Lamut, Main Campus

Required Skills

• Bachelor degree on Agriculture or any related course;
• At least 3 years work background on management of agricultural crops;
• At least 3 years work experience in organic farming or sustainable agriculture program management ;
• Demonstrated ability to live and work in a 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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