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Field Technician, Western Highlands

About the Rainforest Alliance:

We are building an alliance to create a better future for people and nature by making responsible business the new normal.

The Rainforest Alliance works at the intersection of business, agriculture and forests. By bringing diverse allies together we are making deep-rooted change on some of our most pressing social and environmental issues. Together, we amplify the voices of farmers and forest communities, improve livelihoods, protect biodiversity, and help people mitigate and adapt to climate change in bold and effective ways.

Our alliance needs you, whoever you are and wherever you stand. By joining forces with producers, businesses and consumers, we can transform our relationship with the land and forests we rely on. We can make that relationship work better for all.

Together, we can achieve our vision of a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.

Position summary:

The Field Technician will assist the Rainforest Alliance team of Western Highlands (WH), implementing agroforestry systems in priority areas within the Western Highlands landscape. He/she will be responsible to apply the implementation scheme established by Rainforest Alliance for the productive restoration of the small-scale landscape. He/she will be responsible to keep a register of the properties under agroforestry systems (SAF) and the technical assistance provided to the owners. Train the owners in the implementation of a productive management plan for trees and crops with market value, shade-tree management and other issues related to the productivity of the SAF.

He/she will support the monitoring of the annual operational plans of the different projects, maintain Rainforest Alliance information system and support the Senior Associate in issues related to sustainable forest management in the WH. He/she will support the forest management monitoring plans and administrative approval procedures.

In addition, he/she will support the announcement of meetings with partners and beneficiaries of the projects and will coordinate the trainings, experience exchanges and supervising field personnel when necessary.

Responsibilities:

  • Implement agroforestry systems of the small-scale landscape productive restoration scheme (RPP) for Altiplano;
  • Implement, advise and monitor good agricultural practices with an organic focus within the RPPs in the plots of community owners;
  • Assist technically the community owners in the logistics for the commercialization of the agroforestry products;
  • Support the Senior Associate in the management of the RPP database and prepare periodic analyzes of the results achieved by the implementation of projects;
  • Develop tools for small-scale forest management and train owners in their use;
  • Develop tools for small-scale agroforestry management and training in shade management;
  • Support the Senior Associate in monitoring the operational plans of the different projects implemented in the region, as well as the administrative management involved in the implementation;
  • Update the information on forest products offered by PYMES (small and medium enterprises) and community-based organizations of project partners and beneficiaries;
  • Advise and support the management of the approval of the annual operating plans and management plans of forest products, before regulatory entities such as Consejo Nacional de Áreas Protegidas (CONAP), Ministerio de Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (MARN) and Instituto Nacional de Bosques (INAB);
  • Convene meetings with implementing partners and beneficiaries for technical assistance and training activities;
  • Prepare technical reports of activities; and
  • Other activities assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications:

  • University Technician, Agronomy or a related field.
  • At least 4 years’ experience in forest management at WH and Agroforestry products;
  • At least 4 years experience in Organic Agroforestry products management
  • Computer Skills: in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook
  • Communication Skills: Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills, especially with communities, technicians and professionals from social organizations and project beneficiaries.
  • Strong organizational skills to work as a part of a team and skills to work with community companies. Initiative and self-motivated.
  • Reside in Huehuetenango/Totonicapán/Quetzaltenango, ability to travel a minimum of 50% per year to Western Highlands

Salary:

Commensurate with experience.

Notes:

Only candidates authorized to work in Guatemala will be considered. Deadline is July 31st.

Application:

Send resume, cover letter and salary history to Human Resources, Rainforest Alliance, 8 Avenida 15-62, zona 10, Ciudad Guatemala, Guatemala 01010. Fax: (502) 2300-6800; E-mail: guatemalapersonnel@ra.org. If emailing, use the following format in the subject line: first name and last name, job title of position you are applying for.