Kruparna pond - Filip Lastovic

Volunteer week with A Rocha Czech Republic

13-21 August 2022

Come and spend a week with us at the Keith Morris Centre! Staying with friends; helping nature.

Overview of the week:

  • Three days of work in our educational centre, both inside and especially in the living garden behind the centre. It has seven ponds, two bird hides, insect houses and more – a haven for flora and fauna, and always in need of some maintenance! We hope to complete another pond and do some major planting.
  • One day in the Josefov meadows ornithological reserve (a private reserve belonging to ČSO – the Czech Ornithological Society)
  • One day in the Orlické hory (Eagle Mountains) Protected Landscape Area

 

Overview of the day:

  • We will work for a maximum of four hours per day.
  • Each morning, we will start with a short Bible reading and focus on what the Bible has to say about nature (in Czech and English)
  • Afternoons we will offer various activities: catching and ringing birds, walks and shorter trips in the surrounding countryside, Czech traditional mushrooming (plus a simple mycological course), monitoring nesting Kingfishers or Dippers…
  • In the evenings, we’ll spend time together in singing and joint readings from inspiring environmental books

 

Sunday 14 August: closing service at our centre or in the local church

Accommodation is simple: bring your sleeping bags and mats; we´ll sleep either in the centre or in the garden (in a tent, forest shed or bird hide). 

Food: food for everyone will be prepared by our cook, with the help of several volunteers in the kitchen and dining room. 

Price: 10 € per night. Travel to the centre is at your own cost; during the week, transport will be provided in our cars. A driving licence is welcome. 

Capacity of the week: limited to 30 people. We expect that half of the participants will be from the Czech Republic, with the other half of volunteers from further afield (e.g. England, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal, USA…) 

If you are interested, please email us at [email protected] and we´ll sign you in – first come, first served! 

Pavel and Radka Světlík, A Rocha Czech Republic

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Development Manager – A Rocha Int. (Remote, USA)

The Development Manager is responsible for implementing a major, new fundraising initiative (the Global Conservation Fund) for the A Rocha Worldwide Family in the United States. This position is relationship-focused and will spend the majority of time managing and coordinating donor cultivation steps with A Rocha stakeholders. The organization is looking for someone who can demonstrate experience in closing major gifts toward the development and growth of A Rocha’s work worldwide, including in the United States. The intention is to secure a greatly increased and sustainable level of financial support for A Rocha from individuals, foundations, and churches in the United States.

Location
Remote, USA
Department
Development
Employment Type
Full-Time
Minimum Experience
Mid-level
Compensation
$65,000 – $75,000 Annually

As a part of the A Rocha International (ARI) team, the Development Manager reports to the Executive Director of A Rocha International, with input and support from A Rocha USA’s (ARUSA) Development Team. This is a highly collaborative role, which will require extensive liaising between multiple A Rocha organizations.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work with the ARI Executive Director to design and implement fundraising strategies for A Rocha’s mission, priorities, and goals
  • Manage a process to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of new mid-level and major gift donors and prospects with an emphasis on gifts to A Rocha’s Global Conservation Fund This includes coordinating the engagement of executive leadership with major donors, prospects, and important development opportunities
  • Participate on the ARUSA Development Team to ensure optimal coordination regarding development opportunities
  • Become familiar with A Rocha programs, priorities, and goals to represent them to donors and prospective donors
  • Prepare and complete timely reporting on key donor metrics
    Help design and implement necessary data collection in Salesforce for proper donor management and tracking
  • Attend strategic events to represent A Rocha, exhibit as appropriate, and network with key constituents
  • Develop and manage a budget for outreach, travel, and relationship development activities
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned

Education and Qualifications

  • University-level education
  • Proven ability to establish, cultivate, and steward strong donor relationships

Skills and Experience

  • Proven ability to make a compelling and authentic case to attract new donors
  • Experience in nonprofit development and communications
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Understanding of the nuances of the USA Christian world
  • Familiarity of the conservation and/or environmental sectors a plus
  • Working knowledge of primary social media and communication platforms
  • Familiarity with Salesforce or similar CRM

Personal Qualities and Attitude

  • Deep commitment to the vision, mission, and five commitments of A Rocha, as a committed Christian who is passionate about creation care and securing more funding for this vital work
  • Proactive self-starter with the ability to work well independently, establish clear priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Fosters a spirit of unity and teamwork, demonstrates integrity, and is servant-minded
  • Demonstrated experience working and communicating across cultures and a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Location

Remote, US-based and Central Florida preferred. Regular travel required.

Application Close Date

Open until filled

About A Rocha

A Rocha is an international community of Christians, spanning over 20 countries, working in biodiversity conservation to protect and restore vulnerable habitats, species, and communities. Our programs and conservation projects focus on applied scientific research, environmental and theological education, and environmental action. We are committed to restoring people and places by providing resources and community for those interested in conservation and caring for all of God’s creation.

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Building Manager for Courmettes

Introduction
A Rocha France is a Christian environmental organisation. Created in 2000 in France, it is part of an international network of nature protection associations established in 20 countries on five continents. Convinced that the ecological crisis (climate change, collapse of biodiversity, pollution, etc.) is the major challenge of the 21st century, we are pursuing a dual mission: to preserve living creatures and to mobilise Christians (for a complete presentation of our actions, see our 2020 activity report).

A Rocha manages the Domaine des Courmettes, a 600-hectare private nature reserve on which are located remarkable buildings with a significant capacity for accommodation. These buildings constitute an architectural heritage to be preserved, but they are also a Public Access Facility (PAF) to be upgraded and developed.


Duration, location and type of contract

  • Full time permanent contract
  • Position to be filled in early 2022
  • Workplace: Domaine des Courmettes (Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Alpes-Maritimes)
  • Possibility of accommodation on site


Mission and scope

  • Maintain the buildings and equipment at Les Courmettes: minor plumbing, electrical and carpentry work, maintenance of tools and vehicles, etc.
  • Maintain the outdoor areas around the buildings
  • Supporting workpeople (plumbers, electricians, etc.) and companies
  • Accompanying the providers of periodic checks (safety, chimney sweeping, etc.)
  • Providing assistance to the project manager on larger projects
  • Providing practical assistance to other permanent staff and participating in team
    work
  • Supervising volunteers on simple building or outdoor maintenance tasks

 

Profile and required skills

  • Adherence to the values of A Rocha
  • Good skills in a variety of building trades
  • Experience in the maintenance of a building such as Les Courmettes would be appreciated
  • Concern to find ecological solutions wherever possible
  • Good interpersonal skills, teamwork
  • Ability to manage volunteers
  • Good command of English appreciated
  • Ability to live in a community (if living on site)


Information and applications (CV and covering letter) to [email protected]

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Cook for Courmette

Introduction
A Rocha France is a Christian environmental organisation. Created in 2000 in France, it is part of an international network of nature protection associations established in 20 countries on five continents. Convinced that the ecological crisis (climate change, collapse of biodiversity, pollution, etc.) is the major challenge of the 21st century, we are pursuing a dual mission: to preserve living creatures and to mobilise Christians (for a complete presentation of our actions, see our 2020 activity report).

A Rocha manages the Demaine des Courmettes, a 600-hectare private nature reserve on which are located remarkable buildings with a significant capacity for accommodation, and in addition a vegetable garden, a herb garden and hens…

We are recruiting a cook to join the team of permanent staff who work at Les Courmettes to welcome a variety of people who may be: participating in training courses on the Christian faith and/or ecology, trainees, volunteers, etc. Most of the team members live on site in a spirit of community life oriented towards hospitality. 


Duration, location and type of contract

  • Full time permanent contract
  • Position to be filled in early 2022
  • Workplace: Demaine des Courmettes (Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Alpes-Maritimes)
  • Possibility of accommodation on site


Mission and scope
The rhythm of life and work at Les Courmettes is characterised by two very different seasons, and therefore by two relatively different types of tasks for the person in charge of the kitchen:

1. In the high season (April to October, when groups are welcomed):

  • Ensure the cooking for full-board groups (up to 60 people)
  • Manage the catering: menu development, ordering and stock management
  • Implement hygiene and safety standards for the collective kitchen
  • Supervise volunteers helping in the kitchen

2. In the low season( November to March):

  • Cook for the team of permanent staff on site (about ten people), five days a week, lunch and dinner 
  • Do the daily shopping and manage the catering 
  • Ensure the tidiness and cleanliness of the community kitchen

In parallel to these two very different times in the life of the centre at Courmenttes, the person recruited will have to demonstrate throughout the year an interest in and a reflection on environmentally friendly food, which will be reflected in

  • Making well-considered choices for menus (favouring seasonal, local and organic products, etc.)
  • Knowing and enjoying frequently cooking vegetarian dishes
  • Ensuring the link between the produce from the vegetable garden and the kitchen


Profile and required skills

  • Adherence to the values of A Rocha
  • Very good cooking skills
  • Experience in a collective kitchen appreciated
  • Concern for choosing seasonal, local, organic and fair trade products as much as possible
  • Good interpersonal skills, teamwork
  • Ability to supervise volunteers
  • Good command of English appreciated
  • Ability to live in a community (if living on site)


Information and applications (CV and covering letter) to [email protected]

Science and Conservation Director

Science and Conservation Director – Portugal

 Since the beginning of A ROCHA, in 1983, science has always played a very important role. A ROCHA, as a nature conservation organization, has in its objectives to work for the protection and the correct management of natural areas with conservation value.

Among the work carried out in these almost 40 years, A ROCHA has databases of bird studies, both ringing and counts, with more than 100,000 registries. We also have databases on insects, namely Lepidoptera, exhaustive surveys of the local flora, various scientific reports and authorship or co-authorship in several peer-reviewed publications. A ROCHA has also collaborated on scientific projects with universities and other partners as well.

Because we are increasingly receiving Masters and PhD students and we want to expand our work in Portugal and deepen our partnerships, both with other A ROCHA and with universities and other partners, we need to have in our team someone dedicated to Conservation and Science. Of course, in a community and holistic spirit, characteristic of A ROCHA, you may have to help and participate in other areas of work of A ROCHA, such as environmental education, environmental advocacy, among others.

The post will be financed according to the missionary model, in which the candidate will have to guarantee his or her own funding. This post is preferably, although not exclusively, for one person, speaking, or wanting to learn, Portuguese or English, practical and with scientific work experience. It is necessary to have humour, flexibility to adapt to new situations and passion for people and nature conservation.

Follow this link for a more detailed job description.

A ROCHA in Portugal will receive registrations until January 31st, 2022. A pre-selection process will take place by the end of February 2022, in which a maximum of three candidates will be selected. These will be invited to come and spend a week in the Centre (will only have to pay for flights) during the spring months. This will be an opportunity to meet the team, the Field Study Center, the region, the work already carried out or in progress and to get an idea of what it is to live in Portugal, the conservation and science work developed by A ROCHA in Portugal and for us to know the candidates as well.

The selected candidate will be invited at the beginning of June to consider, in prayer, the invitation and to start as soon as possible.

Interested? Prepare your CV and Motivation Letter and fill out the form. If you have published scientific articles, either as an author or co-author, do not hesitate to attach them in the application. Looking forward to get to know you better.

On behalf of A ROCHA in Portugal

Marcial Felgueiras
Executive Director

Dakatcha

African Forest Programme Coordinator

Tropical forests across Africa are under relentless pressure – a problem we witness all too frequently in our daily conservation work. Yet we know conservation is about hope: deforestation can be halted and aspirations for sustainable development can be attained. A Rocha Ghana, for example, is leading an impressive international campaign to save the Atewa forest, while A Rocha Kenya is working with communities to preserve the important coastal forests of Kenya.

To date, A Rocha’s forest conservation projects have mainly been locally-focused, working with our partners to conserve a particular forest in a particular landscape. But while grounding ourselves in a landscape and doing locally-relevant conservation will always be core to how we work, we believe we can do more and add greater value if we bring our work, expertise and networks together. In response, we have developed a forest programme which combines the efforts of four projects with five A Rocha organizations to deliver the following framework.

It is to support this delivery that we are seeking an experienced forest programme coordinator (PC), able to live and work in one of the four programme countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, or Uganda.

Download the complete Terms of Reference including more on how to apply.

Courmettes-1

France – Les Courmettes

France – Les Courmette

Courmettes 1Le Domaine des Courmettes is A Rocha France’s second site, an hour’s drive up into the hills northwest of Nice. It offers 600 ha of preserved wildlife in a variety of natural habitats and a breathtaking view of the French Riviera. The Domain is open to the public, with several hiking trails.

This is a pioneering experience, with a small on-site team and volunteering needs in many areas: building, painting, roofing, insulating, administrating, welcoming visitors and hikers, nature surveying, path-making, marketing, hosting commercial events, and so on. Les Courmettes holds huge potential for touching hearts and lives and helping visitors connect with the losses generated by climate change and the joys of living healthily. Come and be a part of it as an individual or even better, as a group!

A Rocha also hopes to develop various environmental education tools in the near future, as well as eco-tourism in the years to come.

Volunteers at Les Courmettes are welcomed for stays of at least two weeks. Living conditions are a little rougher than at Les Tourades, especially during the winter months, and city dwellers might feel somewhat isolated over longer stays. Count on about 130 euros for a week’s full board (subject to change).

Those who participate in outdoors work need to be physically fit and able to hike around the Domain. Ability in French, while not essential, is an asset. Because the community at Les Courmettes is an international one, we do not offer a French-language immersion experience

Long-term volunteer positions at Les Courmettes include:

  • logistics assistant for events management and welcoming visitors (with organisational and people skills)
  • building maintenance coordinator (with a variety of construction and home improvement skills)
  • land management assistant (with skills in environmental management)
  • renewable energy project manager (for implementation on site and to offer feasibility studies for churches and parachurch structures)
  • environmental education assistant (with skills in education, small group leadership, graphic design and drawing)
  • gardening and house help (with agriculture and organisational skills).

These team members may live on or off-site; they would join the team for six to 12 months or more. They must be financially self-supporting, and A Rocha France is available to help volunteers raise support from their local communities.

To apply, please fill out our volunteer application form.

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France – European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Reconciling biodiversity preservation and welcoming the public at Les Courmettes.

  • Location: Domaine des Courmettes – 06140 Tourrettes sur Loup – France
  • Date: from Monday the 3rd of January 2022, for a period of 12 months
  • Organization: 35h/week, mission including work on weekends and public holidays (2 weekends per month) and some school holidays (spring and autumn)
  • Positions to be filled: two, open to young European citizens from outside France
 

Activity description:

The project offers young people the opportunity to acquire experience in a project that includes both nature conservation and welcoming the public, a new issue that many natural sites worldwide are currently facing. By being involved in the management of the site of Les Courmettes, a beautiful and naturally rich site near Nice, volunteers will develop competences in environmental education, scientific studies and natural site management.

Volunteers will take part in raising awareness with the public through different media (panels, discussion, educational tools etc.), species and habitat studies (fieldwork, data analysis etc.), maintenance and management actions (trail marking, site defence etc.). Specific time (up to 10%) will be devoted to learning French and communicating about the ESC through different media (10% – video, stands, articles). 30% of the time will be spent on tasks related to the proper functioning of the Les Courmettes centre: welcoming visitors, maintenance of the estate and its park, various tasks related to community life etc.

Accommodation, food and transport arrangement:

Volunteers are housed at the Courmettes centre, which is also the logistical base for the projects, A Rocha France’s head office and the hub for running the life of the team. Rooms are shared (1 to 2 people of the same sex per room). Lunch and supper, prepared by a cook, are eaten together at fixed times during the week with the team and any other participants. When the cook is absent, team members take turns to prepare meals. Breakfasts are self-service. Vegetarian diets can be offered. Cars are available (with a fee) to get around. The modus vivendi ‘rules of life’ may be adapted due to the COVID situation.

Training during the activity:

Training will be provided on arrival concerning the modus vivendi of the centre’s community life and how the week, project and activities will unfold. Field work training is provided for the volunteer throughout project such as: species identification skills, protocols, use of observation tools and other field equipment. Training in welcoming public and environmental education will be provided on arrival.

Participant profile:

We are looking for volunteers who have a real interest in raising awareness and protecting the environment. They will need to enjoy rural life, contact with people and flora and fauna, which means sometimes putting up with difficult weather conditions and being ready to welcome visitors at Les Courmettes and talk about the site’s regulations. Volunteers will have to show that they can take initiative in the tasks they undertake and follow them through to completion. They should not hesitate to ask for clarification or direction if necessary for their projects. A basic knowledge of French is an advantage for the volunteers, but not a necessity.

Contact:

Send resume and motivation (with two references) to:

Coline Raillon, Nature Projects Officer at Les Courmettes

[email protected]

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Czech Republic – Bird ringing

Krupárna, A Rocha Czech Republic’s environmental centre, is in the northeast of the Czech Republic. The centre and its ponds and bird hide enjoys many visitors – children, adults and wildlife. The team actively monitors and rings birds in nearby Special Protected Areas (SPAs) under the Natura 2000 / European Birds Directive.

The team would appreciate volunteers with at least a basic knowledge of ornithology or environmental conservation to help with the monitoring and ringing (in spring and summer) and research in general (at all times). The main monitoring work will be with Corncrake and Red-backed Shrike. Other activities that may be part of the work programme are building nest boxes, DIY, gardening, and general support of the field study centre. Volunteers are expected to be involved in work activities over usual work hours (6-7 hours per day). Speaking Czech is not necessary, but please be prepared that the team operates in Czech and has basic English.

Volunteers usually come for a period of two weeks minimum and are accommodated in single-sex dormitory rooms at Krupárna at the cost of 15 € per day for food and lodging. This opportunity could be a great fit for two friends who wish to volunteer together, as the residential community is small and may not be able to offer full-time support over weekends.

To apply, please fill out our volunteer application form.

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Portugal – European Solidarity Corps

One or two volunteers are welcomed each year under the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) scheme: if you live in the EU, Iceland, Switzerland or Norway, are under 30 and are willing to spend six to 12 months working at Cruzinha, you could apply to be the next ESC volunteer.

This opportunity would ideally suit a gap year student or graduate looking for conservation experience, though it is open to anyone who fulfils the above criteria. ESC volunteers receive free flights to and from their country of origin (within the EU), free board and lodging, free language classes and about 100 € a month.

Successful ESC applicants would be based at Cruzinha, our bird observatory and field study centre set in the Alvor marshes in the Algarve. Cruzinha has a capacity to accommodate up to 14 people; volunteers are normally accommodated in male or female dormitories.

Please note that A Rocha Portugal’s participation in ESC depends on an annual application, submitted in October and subject to ESC’s decision early in the following year.

The ESC application process is separate from our general volunteer application process; please contact A Rocha Portugal directly for information at [email protected].