Forestry Specialist-Linking Income, Food and the Environment- (LIFE)
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In the Linking Income, Food and Environment (LIFE) project, Volunteers promote the incorporation of agroforestry technologies in the farming system, help to enhance soil and water management practices, and teach improved gardening techniques. Volunteers also provide training in basic business skills, such as planning, record keeping, and marketing for farmers who are interested in scaling up their activities.
The most successful Volunteers in Zambia are extremely flexible and adaptable, and have a passion for inspiring others. Peace Corps Zambia offers exceptional technical training during Pre-Service Training for those with the motivation to learn about the Environment and Food Security.
• Bachelor of Science/Associate degree in Forestry, Watershed Management, Natural Resources, Environmental Science or Ecology, or other related fields
• Bachelor of Science/Associate degree in any degree plus 3 years work experience in forestry, nursery management, or other related fields
• Experience in organizing/leading environmental education activities
• 1 to 3 years full-time farm experience
• 5 years professional work experience
Required Language Skills
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Volunteers typically live on a large housing compound with two or three other families, but have their own housing structure, cooking area, private washing area, and latrine. Volunteers may choose to share meals with their host neighbors or cook on their own.
Peace Corps Zambia supports its Volunteers in this uniquely rural environment through a strong regional office model. In each province where Volunteers serve, PC/Zambia operates a Provincial House, which is staffed year round and serves as a resource center for work collaboration and training. Further, having Peace Corps Staff and resources nearby allows for more comprehensive and timely support of volunteers, especially their health and safety which are Peace Corps' top priorities.
Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Zambia: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, and safety — including crime statistics [PDF] — in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.
Medical Considerations in Zambia
- Zambia may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood; gastroenterology; insulin-dependent diabetes; mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; some types of gynecologic support; seizure disorder, peanut allergies; 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; peanut.
- After arrival in Zambia, 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 Important Medical Information for Applicants [PDF] to learn about other health conditions typically not supported in Peace Corps service.
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