Trail Technician & Rural Community Facilitator

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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 Trail Technician & Rural Community Facilitator fluent in Spanish and experienced in community engagement workshops and trail design is needed to assist Fundación Caminando Panamá (FCP) in assessing and evaluating the El Valle Rim Trail (EVRT). FCP’s mission is to promote the growth of an outdoor recreation community that appreciates Panama’s natural and cultural heritage by connecting urban and rural needs to the benefits derived from the proper use and care of the trails. In 2014, FCP collaborated with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute to create a trail route that circles the mountains of El Valle, creating the EVRT. They need assistance with the next phases of the project, including validating the proposed trail along with services community members could provide users, developing a trail circuit providing users access to the EVRT, and developing trailhead signage and wayfinding for the EVRT and its access trails.

The Trail Technician & Rural Community Facilitator will work to train FCP staff, co-facilitate trainings of communities in trail design, building and maintenance, evaluate current draft of trail route, train staff on how to conduct such evaluations, validate the trail among rural homeowners and provide additional guidance to FCP staff. The goal of this assignment is for FCP staff to learn the technical knowledge behind this project allowing it to be sustainable in the future.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and might change.

Partner Information

Fundación Caminando Panamá (FCP)- Walking Panama Foundation

Required Skills

• Advanced/fluent written and spoken Spanish
• 2-3 years of experience leading, working and conducting community engagement capacity-building workshops in rural settings in Panama (preferably) or Central America
• Experience working eco-tourism trail design and building projects in the neo-tropics
• Capable of putting reports and power point presentations together
• Must be able to walk for hours at a time in a hot, humid climate

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 Panama

  • Panama may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: 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 Panama, 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 also 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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