A Forest Management Specialist fluent in Spanish and experienced in agroforestry practices and monitoring and evaluating forest restoration is needed to train farmers in wood handling techniques. The Despertar Campesino Cooperative, a local farmer association, was managing an agreement for the exploitation of Caribbean pine for almost 8 years with the Ministry of the Environment where the objective was to do forest management of the wood plantation and that this was used for the manufacturing of furniture and sale of clean wood. One of the weaknesses of the Cooperative was that it didn’t have the necessary tools to make the most of it. The interest of the Cooperative is to implement techniques, harvesting tools and a better plan for the sustainable use of the plantation with the support of the Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV). Through the technical support of the Volunteer, members of the cooperatives and managers can be better trained to manage the forestry project that would benefit the cooperative and its associates, as well as the community in general.
The Forest Management Specialist will train and advise Cooperative staff and partners in charge of the project in techniques and strategies to take advantage of trees in the best way, and thus obtain better income for the organization to continue and expand the social projects of the organization and local communities. The goal of this assignment is for the PCRV to train partners, including designing an operational manual, and creating a record for wood extraction and processing.