Hey permies! Tropical gardening dreams? Check out this job opportunity~ (via EcoFarm job list)
Expert Farmer/Gardener, Liceo Cientifico Dr. Miguel Canela Lazaro
Salcedo, Dominican Republic
There is a unique, interesting job available at a model, magnet, public high school in Salcedo, Dominican Republic
, called the Liceo Cientifico Dr. Miguel Canela Lazaro. Please check the video on the website: http://www.liceocientifico.org/
. They are looking for an expert farmer-gardener to produce all of the school’s vegetables, fruits, and also eggs and other animal products – in an organic, sustainable fashion.
The school has large gardening areas (about .5 acre), a commercial-sized greenhouse, about an acre of mixed fruit and other trees planted several years ago by the Ministry of Agriculture, and pasture areas. The soil is typical Cibao Valley – dark and fertile. At the moment very little of this space is being used productively, because this position is new and unfilled. This is not an agriculture school, but does have a strong focus on sustainability and ecology.
The director of the school is Puerto Rican, has a PhD from Columbia University, and speaks fluent English. There are teachers from eight different countries as well as Dominican teachers.
Have a lot of freedom to design the land and decide production methods in consultation with school staff.
Be paid approx. US$1,190 / month. (This goes a long way in the Dominican Republic).
Work five days a week.
Farm and garden manually in the hot, humid tropical climate
Give direction and receive help from two Spanish-only-speaking gardeners and one maintenance person.
Integrate students into farm/garden tasks when possible
Find housing in town.
Ideal candidates should:
Be able to firmly commit to the position for at least one year
Be able to plan and carry out work independently
Have extensive work experience in organic farming, gardening, horticulture and/or permaculture
Have experience in the above in a tropical setting or a developing world setting
Understand that Salcedo is not a beach town! (it’s 1.5 hrs by private car or 3 hrs by public transport to the nearest beach).
Who am I? I am an organic farmer, certified (3x) Permaculture designer and Peace Corps Volunteer; soon to leave the DR after two years in a different community; was invited to take this position but can’t due to other plans. The director has asked me to search of qualified candidates for this position and to vet them before putting them in touch with him. Please send me an email at email@example.com detailing why you are qualified for this position and including a resume of relevant work/education
experience. Please only apply if you can commit to spending a year at the job. Include any questions about the school or job in your email.