Careers in the Plant Sciences

Botanical Garden Specialist (Mexico)

Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (CINVESTAV) – Campus Irapuato - Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico

Position Title: Botanical Garden Specialist (Mexico)
Position Type: Temporary Position
Application Review Begins: Monday, April 24, 2017
Application Deadline: Monday, June 05, 2017
Institution: Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (CINVESTAV) – Campus Irapuato
Department/Division: Peace Corps Response Mexico
Field (e.g., systematics): botany, horticulture, volunteer, visitor services, garden design, education
City: Irapuato, Guanajuato, 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.

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Botanical Garden Specialist for the Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (CINVESTAV) – Campus Irapuato, Mexico. Peace Corps Mexico partners with public research centers under the umbrella of the National System of Science and Technology (CONACYT), the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), and universities to strengthen their technical capacities by collaborating in projects and providing training to students, professors, scientists and administrative staff. These institutions strive to advance science and technology and to provide knowledge that enables staff and students to contribute to their country’s sustainable economic and social development. The Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados (CINVESTAV) was born out of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN) as a decentralized public research and educational institution to advance science and technology. CINVESTAV Campus Irapuato (CINVESTAV-I), one of nine campuses located throughout the country, focuses on biotechnology and agricultural technology. In addition to our goal of the formation of high quality researchers and professional experts in the area of biology and biotechnology of plants, we also seek to retain and develop our intellectual property for commercial value.

Please note the approximate departure date is 5-Sept-2017, and may change. 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.
Qualifications/Requirements: - Degree in natural sciences such as horticulture, plant science, landscape architecture, environmental management, environmental education, or related field.
- 5 years’ professional experience.
- Experience designing and/or managing botanical gardens.
- Spanish language skills are helpful, 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: A Botanical Garden Specialist, with a degree in natural sciences and at least 5 years’ professional experience, is needed to work in collaboration with researchers and/or graduate students to educate visitors on fundamental aspects of plant biodiversity. The PCRV will have the opportunity to assist in the design, construction and implementation of the new Botanical Garden to be installed on the Cinvestav Irapuato campus. He/she will need working knowledge of botanical nomenclature to assist in the proposed paths of the Botanical Garden: a) a native flora path to display representative plants of the region; b) a plant domestication path to display wild and domesticated plant varieties; and c) a biotechnology path to display plants with biotechnological potential researched at Cinvestav. Since one of the objectives of the Botanical Garden is to provide visitors with an understanding of the diversity of Mexico’s ecosystem and the botanical richness of the Guanajuato region, the PCRV will also assist in developing educational outreach programs, and may collaborate with and train others on environmental issues such as climate change, plant and water conservation and sustainability practices. The PCRV will be expected to provide English language support in the form of conversation clubs and/or helping researchers and graduate students revise and edit professional papers, presentations, or other academic materials, as needed. The goal of this assignment is to build the local counterpart’s capacity to educate the public about local ecological sustainability.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): Only applications submitted through the web link will be considered. The application primarily consists of a resume and a paragraph explaining your qualifications for the position. The application should take approximately 45 minutes or less to complete. Applications are considered and moved forward on a rolling basis. If you have questions about this position or serving with Peace Corps Response, please contact pcresponse@peacecorps.gov or call 202-692-2250.
Compensation Range: living stipend, housing, travel to/from country, medical/dental coverage, leave allowance, readjustment allowance
Contact Name: Ashley Lenihan, pcresponse@peacecorps.gov