Careers in the Plant Sciences

Ornamental Horticulturalist (Mexico)

Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán (CICY) - Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Position Title: Ornamental Horticulturalist (Mexico)
Position Type: Temporary Position
Application Review Begins: Friday, February 24, 2017
Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Institution: Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán (CICY)
Department/Division: Peace Corps Response
Field (e.g., systematics): horticulture, training, education programs, garden management
City: Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
General Information: The Peace Corps offers a unique experience to make a difference around the world and bring the benefits of that experience back home. The personal and professional rewards of Peace Corps service last a lifetime. Peace Corps Response recruits U.S. citizens with significant experience as well as returned Peace Corps Volunteers for short-term, high-impact assignments. These positions are streamlined and designed for Volunteers to hit the ground running. Competitive candidates bring extensive technical skills to their assignments and as such, may apply to specific positions in a country of their choice.

Please note the approximate departure date is 5-Sept-2017 for a 12-month position. Interviews will begin in April. Final invitation decisions will be made by early June. Volunteers receive benefits including: transportation to and from country of service; settling-in, living, and leave allowances; vacation days; medical care; and the option to receive a travel stipend in lieu of a return ticket. In addition, Peace Corps Response Volunteers receive a readjustment allowance of $450 per month of service.

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as an Ornamental Horticulturalist for the I Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán (CICY) in Merida, Mexico. The Regional Botanical Garden "Roger Orellana", founded in 1983, is part of the infrastructure of the Center for Scientific Research in Yucatan (CICY). It mission is to promote and disseminate knowledge, conservation and enjoyment of plant resources through the development of collections and exhibitions of living plants for research, education, conservation, entertainment and the promotion of an environmental culture. The Garden currently houses 20 collections of plants occupying an area of 2.5 ha. These collections include about 17,000 individuals and represent more than 700 species native to the Peninsula and another 100 species introduced from other regions, but often used in Yucatan. The Garden fulfills its mission conducting research and focusing its conservation efforts in the development of collections of plants from emblematic ecosystems of the Peninsula, along with other strategic programs and services such as educational and recreational visits open to the public, a propagation nursery and the commercialization of endemic plants of the Yucatan Peninsula used in restoration and gardening. As the Garden grows and evolves, the need for trained human resources in specific areas, as well as access to tools that can help diversify its funding sources has become a priority to continue advancing and proving high quality programs and service.
Qualifications/Requirements: - Sciences degree, preferably master’s or doctorate degree, in the field of horticulture.
- Experience working with plants of tropical and semiarid climates.
- Knowledge about project design and management.
- Knowledge about funding sources for botanical gardens.
- Spanish skills are beneficial, but not required.

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.

Volunteer safety is of paramount importance, and the protections of U.S. citizenship promote volunteer safety. Under Mexican law, anyone born in Mexico who became a U.S. citizen after 1998 or anyone holding dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship is considered a citizen of Mexico, and not of the United States. If such an individual faced a legal, safety or other emergency situation in Mexico, the Peace Corps' ability to intervene could be limited. Therefore, the PC will not place in Mexico individuals who are either dual citizens of Mexico and the U.S. or who were born in Mexico and became U.S. citizens after 1998. If you fit either of these categories, we encourage you to look at other opportunities with PC Response.
Responsibilities: An Ornamental Horticulturalist, with at least a Bachelor’s degree in the field of horticulture, is needed to collaborate with the team working at the botanical garden to identify training needs, and develop and facilitate training workshops. The PCRV will design and facilitate ornamental horticulture training workshops focusing on methods, substrates, procedures and marketing, as well as provide guidance and training on resources and tools to fund educational and conservation programs. The volunteer will also assist in the development of a manual for the propagation of the plants’ collections, participate in planning and propagation activities, and collaborate in the design and establishment of new collections. The goal of this assignment is to help strengthen the Garden’s programs and services providing technical training in ornamental horticulture and guidance on funding resources and tools.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): Only applications which are submitted online through the web link will be considered. Online applications take approximately 45 minutes or less to complete, and consist primarily of a resume and paragraph describing your qualifications for the position. Applications are reviewed and invitations are offered on a rolling basis. If you have questions about this position or service with Peace Corps Response, please contact pcresponse@peacecorps.gov or call 202-692-2250.
Compensation Range: Provided: travel, living stipend, housing, medical care, language training, additional $450/month for each month completed service
Contact Name: Ashley Lenihan, alenihan@peacecorps.gov