Ya'axché Conservation Trust

Vacancies

Volunteer positions and Internships
Paid positions
  • None available at this time.
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Benefits of volunteering with Ya’axché
  • Opportunity to work closely with dynamic, multi-cultural staff
  • Adventure in a country with pristine ecosystems, world-class snorkeling and SCUBA
  • In-depth, interactive cultural experience unattainable by tourists
Volunteer personal expenses
The volunteer is expected to arrange and pay for:
  • Transportation to Punta Gorda, Belize, including international airfare
  • Food, personal expenses, in-country travel, rent in Punta Gorda

Communications Officer Volunteer
The Communications Officer plays an exciting role of maintaining a positive image of Ya’axché. The Communications Officer will oversee the development and implementation of a communication plan that will enable Ya’axché to build on the success of its high profile for the protection of forests, rivers and biodiversity and work with local communities in southern Belize. The role requires a high level of responsibility and creativity. The Communications Officer strives to maintain a professional image of the organization through consistent and high quality communication pieces.

Furthermore, the Communications Officer can assist with the marketing of EcoTourism Belize, a sustainable financing venture of Ya'axché, as it becomes the leader of ecotours and accommodations provider in southern Belize. 100% of its profits supports the work of Ya’axché.

Specific tasks include:
  • Revising & implementing the organisation’s Communication Strategy
  • Managing the organization’s website, membership program and online campaigns
  • Leading the design and production of high quality marketing and communication materials (i.e. posters, leaflet, newsletter)
  • Creating consistent and high quality communication pieces (social media, websites, newspapers, televisions, radio, etc.)
  • Preparing and distributing the annual report, in liaison with all contributing authors
  • Acquiring high quality photos and videos for marketing materials
  • Supporting the marketing of EcoTourism Belize, special events (Ya'axché Farmers' Expo, Race Against Fire, Summer Camps, etc)
Duration of placement
Minimum 6 months commitment
Required qualifications
  • Strong interest in working for conservation and/or development NGO’s
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
  • Some experience in communication
  • Degree in environmental science, communication or related field
  • Excellent organizational and computer skills
  • Some experience in website development and management and associated programs including but not limited to Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Experience in writing SEO content for websites
  • Some experience in graphic design
  • Some experience in using a digital SLR camera to take high quality photographs and videos
Desired qualifications
  • Bachelors degree in Marketing or related field
  • Experience of working for conservation and development NGO's in developing countries
  • Proficiency in website development, graphic design, and photography
  • Knowledge of conservation and community development issues in developing countries
To apply
To apply, please download the Application Pack.

Your application package should include a copy of your resume or CV (no more than two pages) and a one-page letter outlining your interest in, and suitability for, the position. All documents should be in .pdf format and should be emailed to christina.garcia@yaaxche.org.

Deadline to submit application is April 30 2017. Please note that we are continuously accepting applications every 4 months.

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Development Officer Volunteer
The Development Officer Volunteer is expected to work alongside the development team to manage and strengthen fundraising for Ya’axché’s programs according to Ya’axché’s Fundraising Strategy. This is an unpaid position.

Specific tasks will include:
  • Prospecting for new donors, using online resources and updating the prospect list through the identification of upcoming proposal deadlines.
  • Project development and proposal writing, through consultation within Ya’axché; Fauna and Flora International; relevant stakeholders (including community groups when appropriate); donor agencies and private business (when appropriate).
  • Following activities outlined within the Operational Plan, in discussion with the Development Manager.
  • Investigating novel financing mechanisms, through consolation with Ya’axché staff and maintaining donor relations through the Donor Contact Schedule
Duration of placement
Minimum 6 months commitment
Desired qualifications and skills
  • Associate or Bachelors level degree in any field
  • Excellent written and spoken English essential
  • Good working skills in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Experience in project development, grant writing and fundraising or interest in learning
  • Experience working with communities in developing countries or interest in experience
  • Willingness to work and learn from others from different cultures.
To apply
To apply, please download the Application Pack to understand the full details on the position.

Your application package should include a copy of your CV (no more than two pages) and a one-page letter outlining your interest in, and suitability for, the position. All documents should be in .pdf format and should be emailed to christina.garcia@yaaxche.org.

Deadline to submit application is February 26 2017. Please note that we continuously are accepting applications every 3 months.

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