CONAPAC seeks a self-motivated individual who has a passion for social development in rural amazonia, who understands the value of building conservation attitudes, and who can comfortably lead communities in numerous development projects. Above all, this position is for building and maintaining relationships with rural communities in the Amazon, diplomatically guiding them to utilize their existing and provided resources to establish sustainable lifestyles in the rainforest. Considerable time will be spent visiting communities, up to three weeks at a time without returning to the city. Time spent in the city is used for planning, data assessment, report writing, and networking.
The core responsibilities will be implementing and tracking projects that are of benefit to rural rainforest communities, and maintaining ongoing communication with the communities to ensure responsible project engagement. The projects at this time are clean water and agriculture. This person will be responsible for learning and then teaching how different water filtration units are built, operated, maintained, and fixed. Social organizing will be inherent to this process in creating teams of operators, and community trainings will educate on the importance of drinking clean water. Tracking this project will require coordinating teams of volunteers to annually visit each community to collect E Coli tests, analyze the condition of the units, and the cooperation of the operating teams. Please see our website for more information on the types of units CONAPAC utilizes.
The agriculture project will require working with communities to help them select plants and fruit trees desired by the market, coordinate trainings provided by an agronomist, encourage communities to regularly care for their orchards and farms, train the communities to maintain a long-term professional perspective when interacting with buyers, and solve problems if they arise. Tracking this project will require ongoing updates of an extensive spreadsheet calculating progress and failures over time.
The community relations aspects of this position will require clear communication of the core sustainability living promises that communities adhere to in order to work with CONAPAC. A consistent message of taking care of the community and rainforest will be shared in a motivational style, any concerns that arise from the communities will be dealt with diplomatically and relayed to the director, and presenting other projects as they arise will be integral to this position. Finally, this position is for someone who is honest, who enjoys working with a team, who is dedicated to progress and results, and can easily maintain finesse over time while working with rural communities.
Why you should work for CONAPAC
CONAPAC is working to develop rural, low-income Peruvian Amazon communities in ways that make them proud, empower them, encourage them to think about long term wellbeing, and advance their economy in ways that respect nature. If you are excited about rainforest conservation, sustainable development, and rural empowerment, if you want to have a real impact on societal development, if you truly care about making a positive difference in the world, then you have found the right place to work.
- Represent CONAPAC to rural communities in all interactions
- Communicate the points of the conservation agreement to the communities
- Supervise construction and maintenance of community water filtration towers
- Supervise materials transportation and ensure their security
- Coordinate community members to establish clear agreements on how they will engage the development projects we launch
- Train communities in construction and maintenance of in-home water filtration units
- Train rural community members in operating, maintaining, and fixing clean water systems
- Educate rural community members in the importance of drinking purified water
- Track data on clean water systems and agricultural projects in MS Excel or MS Access
- Inspire communities to think seven generations into the future in order to live sustainably
- Engage representatives of local mayor’s offices to identify areas for cooperation
- Coordinate day long volunteer service projects for international people with rural communities and schools
- Manage construction budgets transparently and precisely
- Manage elements of an economic development program including community relations, coordinating agricultural training, land inspection, community adherence to the program, and data tracking of products sold, tools distributed, and degrees of community re-investment of revenue
- Driving and light maintenance of a speed boat
- Strong positive communication to frame things in terms of potential and steps towards progress
- Advanced MS Word or Mac Pages skills for creating reports
- MS Excel for tracking large amounts of data and budgets
- Strong writing skills for presenting clear reports; proofreads for accuracy
- Well organized; plans ahead
- Strategizes to improve results
- Self-starter who can work flexibly with a team
- Carefully analyzes all situations to seek room for improvement
Honesty, healthy human progress, strong work ethic, sustainable living, healthy planet
- Ability to work in hot and humid environments
- Ability to work in the field up to three weeks at a time
- Ability to climb river banks and walk up to 10 kilometers in the rainforest
- Bachelors’ Degree in international development, rainforest conservation, or a relevant field
- 3 years professional field work experience, preferably for non profits or international development organizations
Bonus Skills and Experience
- Driving and maintaining speed boats
- Rural clean water systems
- Agricultural experience
- Conversational English
- Launching programs with rural communities and solving challenges
- Ability to speak lively and concisely to media reporters
- An understanding of the culture of communities in Loreto, Peru
- Familiar with the Peruvian education system
- Maintains a blog on professional advancements
- Obtain boat captain license within 3 months after hire
- A Peruvian ID and RUC number
- 4 year commitment
- Live in Iquitos, Peru
- Have an understanding of the work done by non-profits in Peru
We work Monday through Saturday. Saturdays till 1:30PM. When we work on Sunday we take a day off after the fact.
Monthly pay will be 2000 soles, plus 20 soles per day travel stipend when in the field. After 4 months, state health insurance will become available. After 12 months, 4 weeks of paid vacation will be offered. When working in the field, most nights will be spent in lodging provided by Explorama Lodges, and only some nights will be spent in the communities.
Level of Language Proficiency
- Native Spanish speaker required
- Conversational English a bonus
- Mild knowledge of Yagua or Maijuna a bonus
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
APPLICATION FOR CONSIDERATION
Please email your application to email@example.com. Please do not visit our office until invited.
- Cover letter that explains how your past experience, skills, and future goals relate to this position
- Resumé that highlights relevant experience in terms of challenges identified and solved
- Two letters of recommendation
- A sample of a past report written solely by you
- Essays: Choose 3 questions. Maximum 2 pages per answer. Brevity welcomed.
- Why do you want to work with CONAPAC?
- What is the most effective way of designing and installing a clean water system in a rural community?
- What challenges can be expected in launching an agricultural project in rural communities, and what can be done to overcome these challenges?
- What are some of the general challenges working with rural communities and how do you propose addressing them?
- What are one or two of the aspects that defines an NGO's success or failure, and how can success be developed?
- How does youth education impact rural communities culturally, environmentally, and economically?
- Bonus: Explain the specific cultural and historical conditions that create Amazonian rural communities' current state. What makes then makes them different from one another?