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Botanical Garden Specialist



Central America and Mexico
Education Environment

12 months

Sept. 5, 2017


Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with
significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description
A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Botanical Garden Specialist
for the Centro de Investigacin y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politcnico Nacional
(CINVESTAV) Campus Irapuato, Mexico. Peace Corps Mexico partners with public research
centers under the umbrella of the National System of Science and Technology (CONACYT),
the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), and universities to strengthen their technical
capacities by collaborating in projects and providing training to students, professors, scientists
and administrative staff. These institutions strive to advance science and technology and to
provide knowledge that enables staff and students to contribute to their countrys sustainable
economic and social development. The Centro de Investigacin y de Estudios Avanzados
(CINVESTAV) was born out of the Instituto Politcnico Nacional (IPN) as a decentralized public
research and educational institution to advance science and technology. CINVESTAV Campus
Irapuato (CINVESTAV-I), one of nine campuses located throughout the country, focuses on
biotechnology and agricultural technology. In addition to our goal of the formation of high
quality researchers and professional experts in the area of biology and biotechnology of
plants, we also seek to retain and develop our intellectual property for commercial value.

A Botanical Garden Specialist, with a degree in natural sciences and at least 5 years
professional experience, is needed to work in collaboration with researchers and/or graduate
students to educate visitors on fundamental aspects of plant biodiversity. The PCRV will have
the opportunity to assist in the design, construction and implementation of the new Botanical
Garden to be installed on the Cinvestav Irapuato campus. He/she will need working knowledge
of botanical nomenclature to assist in the proposed paths of the Botanical Garden: a) a native
flora path to display representative plants of the region; b) a plant domestication path to
display wild and domesticated plant varieties; and c) a biotechnology path to display plants
with biotechnological potential researched at Cinvestav. Since one of the objectives of the
Botanical Garden is to provide visitors with an understanding of the diversity of Mexicos
ecosystem and the botanical richness of the Guanajuato region, the PCRV will also assist in
developing educational outreach programs, and may collaborate with and train others on
environmental issues such as climate change, plant and water conservation and sustainability
practices. The PCRV will be expected to provide English language support in the form of
conversation clubs and/or helping researchers and graduate students revise and edit
professional papers, presentations, or other academic materials, as needed. The goal of this
assignment is to build the local counterparts capacity to educate the public about local
ecological sustainability.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and might change.

Volunteer safety is of paramount importance, and the protections of U.S. citizenship promote
volunteer safety. Under Mexican law, anyone born in Mexico who became a U.S. citizen after
1998 or anyone holding dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship is considered a citizen of Mexico, and
not of the United States. If such an individual faced a legal, safety or other emergency
situation in Mexico, the Peace Corps' ability to intervene could be limited. Therefore, the PC
will not place in Mexico individuals who are either dual citizens of Mexico and the U.S. or who
were born in Mexico and became U.S. citizens after 1998. If you fit either of these categories,
we encourage you to look at other opportunities with PC Response.


Centro de Investigacin y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politcnico Nacional

(CINVESTAV) Campus Irapuato

Required Skills
Degree in natural sciences such as horticulture, plant science, landscape architecture,
environmental management, environmental education, or related field.
5 years professional experience.
Experience designing and/or managing botanical gardens.
Spanish language skills are helpful, but not required.

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of
America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the
United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace
and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in Mexico

Mexico may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: none

The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall.

Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.

After arrival in Mexico, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual
flu shot and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please also review Important Medical Information for Applicants [PDF] to
learn about other health conditions typically not supported in Peace Corps service.

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