Farmer-to-Farmer Organic Agronomist
NCBA CLUSA
Taisha, Morona-Santiago, Ecuador
hace 18 horas

Job Description

NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking (1- remote US volunteer or 1 in-person US volunteer based in Ecuador) qualified Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer candidates for the position of Organic Agronomist to support Asociación de Pequeños Productores Agropecuarios SAANT TUNANTS, based in Taisha, Ecuador .

Asociación de Pequeños Productores Agropecuarios SAANT TUNANTS began as an organized group in 2012. All members are committed to taking care of the environment and using agricultural practices focused on their respect for nature.

The association is small, with 22 members, but inclusive, with over half of their membership comprised of women.

SAANT-TUNANTS produces organic cacao and coffee, which they sell at the local market. They use organic practices focused on familiar agriculture and using traditional methods.

For these farmers, cacao and coffee production is a family practice, where all family members participate from tillage to harvest.

They utilize the Aja Shuar system to save creole seeds and conserve native plants.

SAANT-TUNANTS seeks to expand into a broader market to sell members’ products. However, management problems, including irrigation, fertilization, and phytosanitary treatment, have led to low yields.

SAANT-TUNANTS wants to learn and apply better agricultural practices while maintaining their organic focus to improve their yields and expand their market access.

Duration : 2 Weeks (September December 2022)

Qualifications

ESSENTIAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY :

Teach participants how to create organic fertilizers with local materials to improve soil nutrition and cacao production.

Analyze the current cacao crop management methods and provide constructive feedback about improvement opportunities.

Support members' knowledge on pruning, weeding, and pest and disease control.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS :

The volunteer should have experience in cacao crop organic management.

Knowledge of pruning, weeding, organic fertilization, and pest and diseases control. Degree in Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Plant Science, or related majors.

Background working with agricultural associations is a plus.

Experience in Latin America is also desirable.

Fluency in Spanish is highly desirable but not mandatory.

Available for virtual communications with Host Organization, Staff and Co-volunteer

US candidate must be legally able to work in the U.S. without sponsorship

Advanced English language skills; reading, writing, speaking.

Additional Information

All application materials must be submitted in English.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

  • NCBA CLUSA is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply;
  • all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, and legally protected characteristics for non-merit factors.

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