Environmental Management Advisor

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Project Description

The Environment or "Green Initiative" project seeks to enhance the ability of Jamaicans to engage in sustainable natural resource management.
Volunteers in the Green Initiative project work with community based organizations, schools and project partners to conduct environmental education and training with youth, establish environmentally sustainable practices, and build the capacity of organizations within the sector. Volunteers conduct lessons, presentations, demonstrations, trainings, and support the implementation of environmentally sustainable projects.

The goals of the Green Initiative Project are :
1. To increase the knowledge and implementation of sound environmental practices by students.
2. To improve community-level natural resource planning and management
3. To enhance the organizational capacity of environmental/agricultural organizations to achieve common objectives

All projects and initiatives will be identified and developed through a needs assessment the Volunteer and project partners will conduct together.

Required Skills

Qualified candidates will have an expressed interest in working in agriculture and one or more of the following criteria:
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field
• 5 years' professional work experience

Desired Skills

Preference will be given to applicants with:
• BA/BS in environmental/agricultural science or related field
• BA/BS in any discipline combined with one year experience in commercial or family-run business including vegetable gardening, nursery work/management, tree planting, tree care, urban forestry, fish (fresh or marine), cultivation/production, sustainable and alternative agriculture, including organics, greenhouse/shade house, permaculture, hydroponics/aquaponics
• Academic and work experience in environmental and agricultural science, agri-business, agro-forestry, ecotourism, forestry and/or environmental studies, environmental education
• One year experience with organizational development and/or small business development, including project design and management
• Strong public speaking and presentation skills, including facilitation of small and large groups
• Formal or non-formal environmental education experience
• Experience, interest, and willingness to work with youth

Required Language Skills

There are no pre-requisite language requirements for this position.

There are no pre-requisite language requirements for this position, however you will be required to learn Patwa for successful safety, security and integration. Please take a moment to explore the Language Comments section below to find out more on how local language(s) will be utilized during service.

Jamaica is a bilingual country. English (Standard Jamaican English) is the official language, however there is also a Creole known as the Jamaican Patwa (Patois) which is the language spoken throughout Jamaica, especially in rural areas. While a few Jamaicans, especially those living in urban areas, move easily between Jamaican Patwa and English, the majority speak neither of these in their pure forms. The language and cultural training presented throughout the 27 month training continuum will help prepare you to speak and understand Jamaican Patwa and culture. This is crucial in order to facilitate smooth and successful integration into your community. All Trainees will be required to demonstrate a certain level of language proficiency (assessed through the Language Proficiency Interview) in order to successfully complete training.

Living Conditions

All Volunteers are required to live with a host family for the duration of their service. The majority of site assignments are in rural areas, predominantly in the interior and mountainous regions of the island. The standard of living varies widely within rural and even deep rural communities. The most common living situations are a room in a home with a Jamaican family with access to a shared bathroom and kitchen. Cellular phone coverage is available in most rural communities, but there may not be internet access. Your host family will assist you with orientation in your community, Jamaican home life, and cross-cultural adjustment during pre-service training and at your assigned community.

Most Volunteers have indoor plumbing with either running water or catchment rainwater. There is rarely hot water and bathing with cold water is the norm. Water supplies can be intermittent and scarce during severe drought periods so be prepared to practice water conservation, including taking bucket baths. Laundry is often washed by hand in a sink or a washtub or even in a river. Electricity is present island wide, except in very remote areas. There is some disparity between the amenities that each Volunteer will have with their assigned host families, however all Volunteers will have access to basic amenities, including a stove and refrigerator. Due to scarcity and high prices, conservation of electricity and water is critical while living with Jamaican host families.

Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Jamaica: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, and safety — including crime statistics [PDF] — in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.

Couples Information

Jamaica cannot accommodate couples within the same sector. Therefore, your partner must qualify and apply for:

Primary Literacy Advisor

Couples will live together with a host family for their entire service, during Pre-Service Training (PST) and at their permanent sites. However, throughout their service they may be separated for certain field-based activities, workshops, and conferences due to their different project sectors.

Medical Considerations in Jamaica

  • Jamaica 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 Jamaica, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and 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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