Staff Positions:

Vacancy: On-site Coordinator for Chaikuni Permaculture Center

The Chaikuni Institute is in an exciting phase of growth, its permaculture program expanding to its surrounding communities, and its center being rethought, redesigned, and developed. Chaikuni now seeks to complement its existing team with an enthusiastic and qualified permaculturalist with great project coordination and people skills. The position will primarily be based at the Chaikuni permaculture center situated on the land of its sister organization, the Temple of the Way of Light, approximately 2 hours outside of the city of Iquitos, Peru, with frequent trips to Iquitos.

Duration: 1-year renewable. We are looking for a long term commitment. The position starts with a trial period of three months.

Starting Date: As soon as possible

Location: Tres Unidos Community, Nanay River basin, 2 hours outside of Iquitos, Peru

How To Apply: Please send your CV and a short cover letter to [email protected] as soon as possible. Deadline is 28th of February 2020

Selection Process:

  1. Reception of applications: February 28th, 2020
  2. Interviews: March 10th-15th
  3. Final Results: By the end of March
  4. Starting Date: Upon agreement

The Chaikuni Institute is a local non-profit association based in the city of Iquitos in the Loreto region. We are a grassroots collective which investigates, promotes, and protects equitable, inclusive, and interrelated ways of life, honoring indigenous wisdom and the principles of permaculture. Working hand in hand with indigenous people and like-minded organizations in the Peruvian Amazon, we pursue our holistic vision of health and happiness in the Amazon along three distinct paths: Intercultural Education, Permaculture, and Human and Nature Rights. Our mission: Life is flourishing!


  • Planning, coordination, implementation and monitoring of the on-site activities of our permaculture center
  • Coordination and guidance of small team of local extension workers in their daily activities
  • Participation in the design, re-design, and constant development of our permaculture center
  • Design and coordination of a program for national and international permaculture volunteers, apprentices and/or trainees
  • Assist the permaculture and communications teams in planning, developing and implementing communication strategies, campaigns and materials for Chaikuni’s permaculture program
  • Production of regular communications content about our permaculture center for Chaikuni’s social media, webpage, and others
  • Help to plan and coordinate the recollection of field data from experiences made at our permaculture center, oversee and support the written documentation and systematization of it
  • Support the production of permaculture manuals
  • Work closely with colleagues from our sister organization The Temple of the Way of Light, to ensure up to date information about Chaikuni is presented at Temple and to optimize awareness raising, fundraising and outreach to Temple guests and community
  • Support the production of project reports and assist in the writing of grants and fundraising proposals
  • Contribute to the strengthening of the Chaikuni Institute by nurturing existing partnerships and in the building of new ones

Personal Requirements:

  • Permaculture experience, preferably from a tropical region
  • A track record of planning, implementing and evaluating projects
  • Experience in managing and coordinating a small team
  • The skill to work in a multi-disciplinary and intercultural team
  • A proactive, positive and problem solver attitude
  • A passion for permaculture and creativity
  • An interest for traditional knowledge, indigenous cultures, and plant medicines
  • Enthusiasm, resilience and endurance to work in a tropical climate and environment


  • Fluent in Spanish with good communication skills
  • Good level of English – written and spoken
  • A good level of knowledge and practical experience with permaculture. Experience with tropical permaculture is a plus
  • Proven organizational and leader skills
  • Team player that can function in an intercultural environment
  • Potential long-term commitment
  • Basic computer proficiency and good writing skills
  • Commitment to the Chaikuni Institute’s vision, mission and values


  • Experience working with indigenous peoples, traditional societies and local communities
  • Experience of working in multilingual contexts and environments
  • Experience and knowledge of geo-political context in Peru and Latin America
  • Skilled with a range of digital communication tools and platforms, photography and video

The Chaikuni Institute Offers:

  • An opportunity to expand your permaculture knowledge, to lead and work as part of a professional multicultural and multi-disciplinary team in the heart of Peru’s Amazon
  • An experience in one of the world’s most fascinating regions
  • Contribute to being part of the solution to some of the most pressing issues of our time such as climate change, countering deforestation, conservation of the Amazon, alternative energies, soil regeneration and restoration
  • An opportunity to contribute to the development of the vision of the organization and to work closely with local populations and indigenous peoples
  • An opportunity to engage with medicinal plants as part of our partnership with our sister organization, the Temple of the Way of Light, a pioneering shamanic healing center located near the city of Iquitos
  • Free food and basic accommodation at our permaculture center (at the installations of the Temple of the Way of Light)
  • Salary depends on qualifications/prior work experience – local Peruvian standards apply

Volunteer Opportunities:

If you would like to be considered for an internship, please email [email protected] with your CV and a brief cover letter explaining which program you are interested in and what you could contribute to Chaikuni. Working with Chaikuni means working with local communities and requires a good working level of Spanish. Interns are expected to be self-motivated, creative, and willing to make a time commitment of at least 6 months.

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