Lead Our Initiative to Protect the Oceans, Beaches and Marine Life of Peru
We are searching for skilled environmental volunteers that will work with OCN, the community of Huanchaco, and the Instituto del Mar Huanchaco (IMARPE) to support and protect the environment, with a deep emphasis on our oceans, beaches and marine life.
In the past couple of years, alarming numbers of sea animals have been washing up dead on the shores of northern Peru. This includes hundreds of dolphins, turtles, sea lions, pelicans and other sea birds. In addition, local fishermen have been suffering a stark depletion of fish in an area in which fishing has been a local tradition for the past 3,000 years. The beaches of Huanchaco are often littered with garbage, plastic bottles and plastic bags, as there is insufficient environmental awareness.
Our environmental volunteers will have the opportunity to work with the municipality of Huanchaco to research the cause(s) of these marine deaths and collect and evaluate samples when animals are found dead or injured on our beaches. This position is open to students, interns or professional volunteers who are knowledgeable in marine biology, ecology or who have some experience in aquatic animals.
In addition, we are looking for oceanographers and veterinarians, ecologists, farmers, specialists in marine pollution issues, educators and developers to create conservation awareness, education and to organize events and actions in support of the environment with a special focus on oceans and beaches.
As the Co-ordinator you will be tasked with leading all environmental initiatives as well as formulating new ones. You will need to be bold and enthusiastic in your approach to the position, whilst also creative and persistent at generating and implementing new ideas for how to help the community and environment of Huanchaco.
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Cost includes; Placement fee which goes towards management of the NGO
This position is open to students, interns or professional volunteers knowledgeable in marine biology, ecology or who have some experience in aquatic animals, as well as oceanographers, veterinarians, ecologists, farmers, specialists in marine pollution issues, educators and developers.
The Environmental Co-ordinator should be:- a diplomat and good at networking
- creative, with the enthusiasm to implement their ideas
- confident in thier leadership and teamwork skills
- patient and flexible (these are reqirements for all Otra Cosa Network volunteers; Huanchaco is not a fast-paced or consistent environment)
Volunteers must have intermediate spoken and written Spanish.
Physical fitness requirements
Volunteers must be physically fit.
In a typical day
Our environmental volunteers will have the opportunity to work with the municipality of Huanchaco to:
- research the cause(s) of these marine deaths and collect and evaluate samples when animals are found dead or injured on our beaches.
- research and recovery purposes when they have suffered a mishap, natural or manmade
- create conservation awareness, education
- organize events and actions in support of the environment with a special focus on oceans and beaches
- organizing workshops, trainings, events and activities with the children and families of El Cerrito and Huanchaco as we strive towards a cleaner and healthier community and planet.