Climate change impacts have been unexpectedly evident and rapid in Mexico in terms of severe weather and varying local climate. Rural communities inside or in proximity to Natural Protected Areas (NPAs) and that are dependent on natural resources and eco-system services for survival are particularly vulnerable. Conserving such natural areas while promoting socio-economic development for the communities in and around them are priorities for the Mexican government. Peace Corps Mexico’s main Mexican host agency, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), has identified priority activities for Peace Corps Volunteers in Mexico. Climate Change Education and Youth Empowerment Volunteers will focus on promoting environmental education, youth environmental organizations, and appropriate green technologies.
If selected to serve in Mexico, you will focus your efforts on working with youth in your community, promoting community-based environmental education, primarily in co-facilitating environmental outreach workshops and programs, creating and/or working with existing environmental youth organizations (eco-clubs), promoting life skills, and fostering youth leadership. You will work to build environmental awareness in rural communities, often conducting environmental outreach and workshops in local schools. As part of your community-based environmental education projects, you will promote and co-facilitate community environmental activities and appropriate green technologies (eco-tecnias in Spanish). As typically low-cost, practical interventions, eco-tecnias seek to directly address some of the most basic environmental challenges faced by families living in rural communities.
Candidates will have one or more of the following criteria:
• BA/BS in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Education, Environmental Interpretation, Natural Resources, Conservation, or Ecology; with expressed interest in promoting environmental awareness in schools and communities -OR-
environmental awareness in schools and communities
• BA/BS in any environmental discipline plus six months of experience organizing/leading environmental activities and expressed interest in promoting environmental awareness in schools and communities -OR-
• BA/BS in any discipline plus one year of experience organizing/leading environmental education activities
Competitive candidates will have one or more of the following desired skills:
• Professional environmental education experience with youth
• Community outreach, planning, and organizing
• Designing, delivering, and evaluating training events
• Coordination and collaboration with local, city, state and/or federal governmental agencies
• Professional experience working with youth in general
• Classroom management
• Strong communication and facilitation skills
Candidates must meet one or more of the language requirements below in order to be considered for this position.
A. Completed 4 years of high school Spanish coursework within the past 8 years
B. Completed minimum 2 semesters of Spanish college‐level coursework within the past 6 years
C. Native/fluent speaker of Spanish
Candidates who do not meet the language proficiency levels above must take a language placement exam to demonstrate their level of proficiency. Competitive applicants typically attain a score of 50 on the Spanish College Level Examination Program CLEP exam or a score of Novice‐High on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL OPI).
Qualified candidates for this program will meet at least the minimum Spanish language requirement. Candidates that have an intermediate level, combined with the required skills for the position, are highly competitive. Peace Corps Mexico strongly encourages all applicants to our program to continue studying Spanish in preparation for service. Language skills are key to integration as well as a safe and productive service. The more Spanish you have before arriving will only positively contribute to a productive service.
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