Drylands Management Coordinator
Drylands Management Coordinator
Sunseed is an off-grid non-formal education centre for the transition toward sustainability based in southern Spain. We have seven different departments that take care of all aspects of sustainability, from low-impact living and appropriate technologies to eco-maintenance and organic horticulture. We function as an educational centre hosting students from around the world to learn more about sustainable livelihoods and gain practical tools for implementing environmental change.


Through observations of natural ecosystems, the Drylands Management department aims to understand the process of natural plant succession and the degradation and development of soil to formulate land-management policies. We attempt to work on a practical and realistic land-management strategy.

Work in Drylands Management department is very varied and challenging. Historically, the project focused on the study of both native and exotic plants adapted to semi arid environments. Nowadays, department´s objectives are focused in environmental education, conservation and regeneration of local vegetal communities through sustainable and respectful methods. We look for techniques that allow and encourage the development of local vegetation and of long-term increases in biodiversity and stability.

Good management of wastewater is crucial in this semi-arid landscape and the department, together with technical team, is also responsible for maintenance of the project’s wastewater system. The department’s priority is to educate and teach visitors and volunteers about semi-arid environment, its plants and processes, give environmental education, explain geography and ecology of surroundings, teach low-tech methods in Drylands Management.

Technological limitations means that adaptability and originality are necessary factors when designing experiments and projects of action. Department has basic facilities which include a library of past records, a seed bank and a digital herbarium in development.

Key Responsibilities

Implement and monitor a management plan for land restoration while fighting erosion, drought and restoring vegetal cover of the land.
Maintain a low-tech tree nursery, ensuring the appropriate production of trees and shrubs for use in the drylands development.
Incorporating volunteers into the work and methodology and development of their own projects to satisfactory completion.
Writing and supervising the production of reports, documenting larger projects, preparing projects proposals, producing literature.
Maintain tools, instruct on their proper use and apply safety rules

Other Responsibilities:

Maintain and build walls, paths, steps, fences and boundary markers.
Use low impact, sustainable methods of composting, safe wastewater management and erosion control.
Vegetation management including planting, pruning and harvesting.
Keeping clear records of the boundaries of our various parcels of land, of their geology, hydrology and plant cover, and of how they are changing over time.
Communicating our aims to a wide audience, online, in the village and elsewhere.

Essential Skills:

Experience and knowledge of drylands management, land resoration, water management and/or any related areas.
Tolerance of hard physical work in hot conditions.
Ability to lead and motivate volunteers, who range from those with a wealth of experience to those with little or none.
Ability to work in co-operation with other departments.

Desirable Skills:

Good spoken Spanish and English, (and/or other European Language) or willingness to learn
Previous experience living in a community environment
Age 25+, full driving license, for at least 5 years
Experience of Health and Safety issues
Sense of humour

Conditions of Employment

Currently, financial remuneration for Coordinators is set at 45€ per week, or 180€ per month. We consider this a small subsistence allowance. The benefits of being at Sunseed as a Voluntary Staff member include full board (vegetarian meals and a basic room), a beautiful and inspiring landscape, and a warm, supportive and diverse community. The minimum length of contract for a coordinator is normally 12 months. The maximum number of times of renewing your contract is first year plus 2. You will be entitled to 2 days unpaid holiday per month worked (24 per year total), plus coordinators collate paid public holidays (usually 13 in total).

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Organisation Sunseed Desert Technology
Location Sunseed Desert Technology
Kind of job professional job
subject area Environment, Agenda 21 / Sustainability, Eco farming, (Environmentel) education, Alternative living
Actividades Farming / Agriculture / Gardening, Practical nature protection, Environmental actions
Offerings Food, Accommodation, Travel expanses
Educations none
Certificates none
Spoken Languages English, Spanish
Payment no payment
Requirements Professional experience
Skills none
Age limits 18 — 80
Required languages English, Spanish
Job duration prior consultation
Gültigkeit der Stelle unlimited
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closing date for applications 06/01/2019
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Contact persons
Sunseed Sunseed
Los Molinos de Rio Aguas
04270 Sorbas