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Manus, Papua New Guinea
There is a job vacancy for the position of Community Agriculture Officer. The suitable applicant must be competent, energetic and possess an extensive knowledge and technical skills in crop husbandry, particularly in vanilla. The position is based in Manus Province and requires travels to the rural communities within WCS project sites in central Manus.
Position: Community Agriculture Officer, Papua New Guinea
Reports to: WCS Manus Programme Manager
Location: Lorengau, Manus Province
Start date: July 2019
Contract: Full time position
Founded in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. WCS is the longest established international non-government conservation organisation within Papua New Guinea (PNG). At key and representative landscapes and seascapes, from the country’s coral islands to its forested highlands, WCS works with local communities and provincial, national and international partners, to sustainably manage and conserve the biodiversity and cultural values of PNG’s wildlife and wild places. The WCS Papua New Guinea program employs 28 full time staff as well as 56 part-time community facilitators based at project sites. Offices include our headquarters in Goroka, a policy office in Port Moresby and field offices in New Ireland and Manus. We implement and administer a large number of projects funded by government and private donors, focusing on climate change adaptation and mitigation, forest and coral reef protection, species conservation, and sustainable harvesting of both terrestrial and marine resources. As our vision highlights “Gutpela sindaun, gutpela bus, gutpela solwara (Empowered people with healthy forests and seas)”, working with local communities is at the forefront of WCS’s approach as we believe the involvement of local people is essential for the long-term success of any conservation project in the country. Conservation science is another pillar of WCS’s approach. It underpins all aspects of WCS’s work, from studying the ecology of key species to landscape- and seascape-level analyses of conservation priorities.
The primary objective of this position is to build the capacity of rural farmers involved in forest conservation activities in Manus Province with technical skills and knowledge on vanilla farming (and potentially also cocoa farming), from cultivation right through to marketing. Whilst the primary objective is on vanilla (and potentially also on cocoa), the position may require when necessary, to maintain the current capacity building for farmers to be resilient to the effects of climate change, maintain food security through the application of drought resistant and shorter yielding periods of diversified food crops, and at the same time to shift away from the traditional practice of shifting cultivation and maintain current gardens through the application of improved gardening methods.
Qualifications and requirements
Please send a CV and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Community Agriculture Officer. Application accepted until June 30, 2019. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.
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