Careers in the Plant Sciences

Ecological Restoration Specialist (Mexico)

Jardín Botánico Regional de Cadereyta “Ing. Manuel González de Cosío” - Cadereyta de Montes, Queretaro, Mexico

Position Title: Ecological Restoration Specialist (Mexico)
Position Type: Temporary Position
Application Review Begins: Monday, April 24, 2017
Application Deadline: Monday, June 05, 2017
Institution: Jardín Botánico Regional de Cadereyta “Ing. Manuel González de Cosío”
Department/Division: Peace Corps Response Mexico
Field (e.g., systematics): restoration ecology, volunteer, research, agroforestry, nucleation, phytosociological systems
City: Cadereyta de Montes, Queretaro, 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 an Ecological Restoration Specialist for the Jardín Botánico Regional de Cadereyta “Ing. Manuel González de Cosío” Consejo de Ciencia y Tecnología del Estado de Querétaro in Cadereyta de Montes, Queretaro, Mexico. The state of Queretaro has in its central region phytosociological areas and diverse landscapes hosting a large number of species at risk of extinction, even more, as a whole is threatened. This profoundly affects the evolutionary processes of species, and decreases the chances of a good-quality life for the urban and rural population which depends on this natural infrastructure and its ecosystem services. The Botanical Regional Garden of Cadereyta has been strengthening its technical processes for the reproduction of species in order to work on the ecological restoration of disturbed sites. It has even begun to theorize and build models for the assembly of plant communities (novel ecosystems) that would reinstate the natural infrastructure where it has been lost or damaged through the optimization of the relationship between biodiversity and functionality.

Please note the approximate departure date is 5-Sept-2017 for a 12-month position. 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: - A degree in natural science, biology, ecology, natural resources management, or related field with at least 10 years of experienced in the area of ecological restoration with proven practical-experimental research focus, a Master’s or PhD degree preferred with at least 5 years of professional experience
- Flexibility, adaptability, proactivity, and tolerance for ambiguity
- Knowledgeable about semi-desert areas
- Spanish language skills are desired, 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 Ecological Restoration Specialist, with a degree and 5-10 years’ experience in ecological restoration, is needed to participate in the installation of agroforestry cells, a system which integrates native species with plants used in potentially abandoned multiproduct orchards, with the intent to create spaces for nucleation to boost the restoration of degraded sites. The PCRV will be part of a scientific-technological (eco) system focusing on planning and implementing paths for the ecological restoration of phytosociological systems common to this part of the stat of Queretaro such as xeric scrub and regional tropical deciduous forest. He/she will provide technical support and help strengthen the group’s skills and knowledge necessary for the planning and implementation of ecological restoration actions. The PCRV will also actively participate in field activities, both within and outside the botanical garden, for the installation and management of ensembles intended for the restoration, train the research team on field techniques necessary for the establishment of statistical procedures for the monitoring and evaluation of the restoration activities, and collaborate (co-author) in the writing of scientific papers and manuals for the dissemination of the knowledge and techniques developed through such proven procedures. The goal of this assignment is to build the local counterpart’s capacity to research, implement, and evaluate best practices for effective conservation of flora and landscapes.
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: living stipend, housing, travel to/from country, medical/dental care, leave allowance, readjustment allowance
Contact Name: Ashley Lenihan, pcresponse@peacecorps.gov