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crees stands for conservation research and environmental education towards sustainability. We imagine a world that values biological and cultural diversity, and understands the vital role that the ...


Manu, Peru

22 May 2014

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Education Instructor

We are looking for a passionate and experienced outdoor leadership and environmental educator, with rainforest experience, to lead and manag

Manu, Peru

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

Job Type:
Mid Level
Escape Factors:
Social Impact
Project Management
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The crees foundation has been training volunteers in conservation research and sustainable community initiatives in the Peruvian Amazon for over 8 years. Our education programme actively trains and educates up to 18 volunteers each month to become knowledgeable, engaged and positive agents for change.

The Education Instructor (EI) is responsible for training and educating volunteers in crees’ work, core issues affecting the Amazon, and providing basic first aid and health and safety training. The EI will focus on building a team spirit, understanding individual volunteer motivations and expectations, and exposing volunteers to all aspects of crees’ work. The EI will implement the ideal crees volunteer experience, track and mentor volunteers throughout their stay, and ensure that educational and personal challenges are being met. Volunteers stay between 2 and 26 weeks and so the depth and focus of activity will vary.

The EI will build on the crees Make a difference, Learn and Connect concept; looking to produce long term supporters of crees who have an understanding of the issues affecting rainforests, and the tools to make positive change.

This role requires a self-starter capable of adaptive thinking who has good structural planning and is highly organised. You will have excellent people skills and be a real team player. As part of the role you may be required to deal with complex situations in remote environments and therefore will need to work well under pressure, have superb leadership and people management skills and be a fluid communicator who can engage people.

The role is across 3 core areas:

Operational Planning & Supervision: (works in direct coordination with the General Manager in Peru)
Responsible for up to 34 individuals and their safety requires tight planning and excellent communication skills. The EI is responsible for planning and overseeing all the operational elements as they relate to the volunteer programme (transport, expeditions, guides, equipment sourcing, emergency suppliers, risk assessments, etc).

Incorporating volunteer education within the crees foundations’ wider activities and goals: (in coordination with the UK Volunteer Programme Manager and foundation Coordinators)
The volunteer programme must teach personal and career skills along the lines of the crees’ core programme learning objectives. The EI will help to build curriculum and content in partnership with the crees foundations long term goals, and ensure that the needs of the foundation are being met through volunteer ventures.

Delivering educational content: (in coordination with the UK Volunteer Programme Manager)
This role is central to the crees vision of actively engaging more people to become stewards and ambassadors for the Amazon. The content of the course must be updated to take into account new ideas and knowledge. Most importantly the content should be presented in a dynamic, fun, and engaging way.

Minimum Requirements:
 Educated to degree level or equivalent relevant work experience
 Minimum of 2 years in the field of education
 Must have at least 4 months living and working in tropical rainforest environment
 Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification; First aid instructor
 A valid CRB check
 Intermediate Spanish (good written and verbal skills)
 Experience in leading at least 5 expeditions to remote environments
 Excellent communication skills
 Dynamic, good humoured and positive personality
 Active, fit and healthy

Contract Duration:
12 months (subject to 3 month probation).

Benefits Package:
 Salary is based on experience.
 Basic food and accommodation provided in Cusco (10% of time) and the Manu Learning Centre in the Peruvian Amazon (90% of time).
 International travel to and from the project (once per annum) is included.
 28 days holiday allowance can be taken from mid Dec – mid January.
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