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Community Agriculture Officer

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Manus, Papua New Guinea

Agriculture, Community


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Community Agriculture Officer


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.


  • Provide technical support and conduct trainings to local communities within WCS project sites specifically on vanilla and cocoa farming.
  • Conduct training on improved gardening methods on soil fertility/pest and disease management etc., with the aim of extending garden duration and improving food security.
  • Network and liaise effectively with the National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI), Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL) and other relevant technical organizations to source vanilla cuttings and related materials for farmers in WCS project communities.
  • Source drought tolerant and shorter yielding crops for WCS food security program in Manus.
  • Develop and maintain a vanilla plot (and potentially cocoa plot) for demonstration and training at WCS multiplication site, including soil improvement methods and cultivation of diversified improved crops.
  • Produce tailored and basics vanilla farming materials, such as handbook, posters, etc. suitable and practical for local communities.
  • Produce work plans, activity budgets, acquittals and reports as required.

Qualifications and requirements

  • University degree in Agriculture
  • 3+ years’ experience in Agricultural field
  • Experience in providing extension service to rural farmers on vanilla and cocoa farming
  • Experience networking with stakeholders
  • Extensive knowledge on vanilla and cocoa farming, climate change, food security, atoll farming, the cropping systems in PNG and improved agricultural methods
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with the team and local communities
  • A team player and able to lead effectively and responsibly
  • Experience in producing education materials and providing training to local farmers
  • Fluency in written and spoken Tok Pisin and English 

  • Genuine commitment to the mission of WCS

Application process

Please send a CV and letter of interest to 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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