Environmental assessment/engineer specialist for public research center in mexico

The Peace Corps offers a unique experience to make a difference around the world and bring the benefits of that experience back home. The personal and professional rewards of Peace Corps service last a lifetime. Peace Corps Response recruits U.S. citizens with significant experience as well as returned Peace Corps Volunteers for short-term, high-impact assignments. These positions are streamlined and designed for Volunteers to hit the ground running. Competitive candidates bring extensive technical skills to their assignments and as such, may apply to specific positions in a country of their choice.

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as an Environmental Assessment Specialist with the Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE), located in Tonantzintla, San Andrés Cholula, Puebla. The INAOE is an internationally recognized research center with many ongoing activities. As INAOE has many large projects located in or near national parks, one of their priorities has been to work with environmental organizations in environmental education and restoration in and around those projects. Most recently, INAOE has begun to look at the impacts that their main institution is having on the environment. They have been working with a local biologist on a study of the flora and fauna species present on the campus, as well as a management plan to make it a more natural area and green corridor for native species. They also realize that as a large technological research institution with hundreds of staff, faculty, students, and visitors, their ecological impact is taking a huge toll on the environment. The goal of this project is to decrease their ecological footprint as an institution with the help of an Environmental Scientist or Engineer.

An Environmental Assessment Specialist, with experience in environmental audits and assessments and intermediate proficiency in Spanish, is needed to build the capacity of the Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica. Under the direction of the coordinator of environmental affairs, the PCRV will provide guidance and training on water, energy and waste management. The PCRV will assess the current situation of water and energy use, and waste management (hazardous, electrical and general) at INAOE; he or she will co-develop an implementation program to reduce the use of these resources according to the assessment results; and assist in the education of INAOE’s personnel and students on the appropriate actions to be taken at the institution. Specifically, the PCRV will work with counterparts to: Conduct an energy, water, and waste audit to assess the current practices and the opportunities for improvement at INAOE; co-develop a management plan to reduce the use of these resources; educate INAOE’s staff regarding energy and water conservation measures; develop ideas for potential programs that will decrease the use of each of these resource at INAOE; and identify additional work opportunities related to these issues.

Please note the approximate departure date is 5-Sept-2017 for a 12-month position. Final invitation decisions will be made by mid June. Volunteers receive benefits including: transportation to and from country of service; settling-in, living, and leave allowances; vacation days; medical care; and the option to receive a travel stipend in lieu of a return ticket. In addition, Peace Corps Response Volunteers receive a readjustment allowance of $450 per month of service.

For more information and to apply for this opportunity, please go to the posting on our website here:

https://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/response-openings/project-development-engineer-specialist-4726br/



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