Agriculture Specialist

Masatepe is a community of roughly 45,000 people located in the Central Pacific region of Nicaragua and is approximately one hour south of the capital city, Managua.It is in the heart of a region known as the "Meseta", and is believed to be the most densely populated region of the country, outside of the capital city. There are many trees, lakes, and mountains surrounding Masatepe. The community of Masatepe is split 50/50 amongst urban and rural populations. The rural segment of the economy consists mainly of subsistence and small-scale farming, whereas the urban center consists more of micro-enterprises in the areas of carpentry and artisanal products.

What Masatepe might lack financially, it makes up with its people, culture and resources! Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Unemployment rate is high throughout the country, and Masatepe's unemployment rate is just below the average. Poverty is widespread, especially in the more rural areas. The vast majority of the population here in Masatepe professes Catholicism or Evangelical Christianity, with over 30 churches established within the town's limits. Yet, we believe the holistic Gospel includes more than what has been experienced here so far. We believe that the Jesus of the Bible cares about the poor and oppressed; in Masatepe there is still a ways to go to see holistic transformation within the community.

Given the challenges the people of Masatepe face, both economically speaking as well as opportunity, we know the solution has to be an innovative one. That's why we've chosen an entrepreneurial and ministerial approach towards Integrated Community Transformation (ICT)* here in Masatepe. *Following Jesus' example to care for the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of the people. The applicant would focus on developing the sustainability of a 7-acre farm that plays host to a variety of initiatives, including donating eggs to pre schoolers, a rehab center, and different agriculture projects.

Goers in this position will work with our existing farm staff and management to collectively move the farm towards a sustainable place. This will include the organizations director, farm supervisor, general manager, short term teams coordinator, and the pastors who are over the rehab center operated on our farm. This is a supportive role. The Goer will need to fully buy into the vision of the farm and the desired role that it plays in the community and take responsibility to develop all areas. Much of the work will include physical labor, financial projections and planning, crop and livestock research and tracking, fundraising, infrastructure improvements, and staff development. The Goer will also work with our short terms team coordinator to facilitate teams, plan and oversee projects, and represent the vision of the farm to these teams.

Skills: 
  • *This position is for Men only
  • Background in agriculture
  • Passion for sustainability
  • Creative and "out of the box" thinker
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Teachability
  • A passion for the oppressed
  • Servent herated
  • Experience in discipleship
  • Ability to work alongside and not over
  • Self starter
  • Commitment to language proficiency

Placement Details

Status: 
Open
Region: 
Language: 
Positions: 
1
Start cycles: 
Fall
Location: 
Nicaragua
Genders: 
Men
Reference number: 
10277891