Full-Time Horticulturist/Field Entomologist (Fresh Produce Project) – Bougainville
Volunteer Service Abroad covers cost while you are on assignment, including travel, accommodation, living allowance and more.
Use your experience to support sustainable horticulture practices in Bougainville and contribute to its pursuit of sustainable and inclusive economy.
Bougainville is largely reliant on fresh local produce to meet nutritional needs. You will work alongside the Department of Primary industries and increase their capacity to meet these necessities. This will mean increasing the quality and volume of local produce. You’ll also provide guidance on developing crops’ resilience to insects, disease and climate shocks.
The major opportunities with this assignment include:
– Developing an understanding within the Department of Primary Industries of which pests are affecting fresh produce crop lines.
– Assisting DPI in conducting a pest control pilot using locally available mechanisms, materials and ingredients.
– Provision of any other training within your skill set, that is useful to DPI officers
We are looking for a volunteer with:
– Practical experience in field entomology, including assessing pest prevalence and life cycles, and trialling control techniques
– Practical experience and knowledge in horticulture or fresh produce production (preferably in a tropical setting)
– Training or qualification in horticulture, entomology or related discipline
This is a 6-month assignment based in Bougainville.
About volunteering with VSA
VSA is New Zealand’s largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development.
We cover living allowances, accommodation and utilities. Travel, visas, insurance and medical costs are organised and funded by VSA.
Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident.
If current VSA assignments don’t suit your skills and experience you can register your interest with us and we’ll let you know when something in your field is available.
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