Viverista for the production of plants of the Project + Forests at the CONAF Seed Center, Chillan, Chile At FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Nursery for the production of plants of the Project + Forests in the CONAF Seed Center

Job advertisement : Sep 1/2023

Publication cancellation date : Sep 15, 2023, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: FLCHI

Job type : Temporary work

Requirement Type: NPP ( National Project Personnel )

Grade Level: N / A

Main location : Chile-Chillan

Duration: 3 evidentiary months, with the possibility of annual extension

Position Number: N / A

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  •  Women, nationals of under-represented or under-represented Member States and persons with disabilities with the necessary qualifications are encouraged to submit their applications.
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  •  All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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Organizational framework

The main objective of FAO country offices, headed by an FAO Representative, is to help governments develop policies, programs and projects to achieve food security and reduce hunger and malnutrition, help develop the agricultural, fisheries, forestry sectors and use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable way.

This vacancy is part of the project approved by the Green Climate Fund “ Chile REDD-plus Payment for Results period 2014-2016 ” than FAO, in association with the National Forest Corporation of Chile ( CONAF ), it will execute to increase the resilience of ecosystems and native forest, and contribute to mitigating climate change in Chile. The project will contribute to reducing the social, environmental and economic vulnerability generated by climate change, desertification, land degradation and drought, in the forests and local communities that depend on them in 6 regions of the country ( Maule, Biobío, Ñuble, Araucanía, Los Ríos and Los Lagos ).

Technicians represent an important source of expertise for FAO and make their specialized contributions worldwide to achieve the strategic objectives of the Organization. In order for FAO to attract and employ the best possible experts in the wide range of technical areas of its mandate, a competitive selection process has been introduced.

Hierarchical dependency

Under the general supervision of the National Project Coordinator, the direct supervision of the Project Technical Assistant at FAO with the support of the regional Technical Specialists of Ñuble and Biobío.

Field of specialization

The Viverista aims to support the operational functions of the CONAF Seed Center, in order to promote the production of plants, preferably native, which will be destined for the Project + Forests financed by the Green Climate Fund within the framework of the ENCCRV and the REDD + approach, ensuring the achievement of the objectives and goals proposed in accordance with the policies and regulations established by FAO, the Green Climate Fund and by the State of Chile and the generation of environmental, economic and social co-benefits for vulnerable groups defined in the ENCCRV, through the implementation of the ENCCRV action measures.

The job headquarters of the vacancies will be at the CONAF Seed Center, located in the city of Chillán, Ñuble region. Nurseries must be available to hit the ground frequently inside or outside the region.

Tasks and responsibilities

  •  Collaborate in the process of production and maintenance of plants ( planting, fertilization, irrigation, phytosanitary control, replication, vegetative propagation and other cultural activities ) in quantity and quality, especially those made directly with restoration projects or programs.
  •  Participate in the collection, cleaning and storage of seeds.
  •  Collaborate in the collection and propagation of vegetative material of native species.
  •  Irrigation and maintenance ( demalezation and order ) of the plants in production. Carry out packaging work ( in bags, trays or as appropriate ), loading and unloading of vehicle plants for transfer to other units and delivery to beneficiaries.
  •  Support the maintenance of the facilities associated with the nursery ( maintenance related to basic structures of the nursery, such as irrigation, warehouses, sheds, grooming and specific decoration such as electrical ones , both for the well-being of people and the development of plants.
  •  Support in general operational activities related to the project.
  •  Collaborate with the adequate protection and maintenance of goods and supplies in general, associated with the project.
  •  Participate in training and technical transfer activities arranged by the + Forest project.
  •  Maintain the facilities in optimal hygiene and protection conditions for the productive development of the plants.
  •  Comply with the internal regulations of the Seed Center for the prevention of occupational accidents, as well as health and prevention protocols for sexual harassment, established by current national legislation, as appropriate.
  •  Comply with environmental and social provisions, which are indicated by their supervision, generating specific means of verification.
  •  Perform other functions related to the themes of the performance area mandated by the Organization.


Minimum requirements

  •  Higher University Title / College Title / Technical Diploma / Secondary Education Diploma.
  •  Verifiable experience of at least 1 years in topics related to nursery work and plant production.
  •  Practical knowledge of Spanish ( level C ).
  •  Chilean National. Residence in the Ñuble Region, Chillán city

FAO core competencies

  •  Results-based approach
  •  Teamwork
  •  Communication
  •  Building effective relationships
  •  Knowledge exchange and continuous improvement

Selection criteria

  •  Demonstrable experience in the production of plants and / or collection of forest seeds. Demonstrable experience in the production of native plants will be applicable.
  •  Proven ability to perform teamwork.
  •  Availability to go out on the ground both inside and outside the Ñuble region.
  •  Immediate availability.
  •  Availability for the execution of shifts on weekends, especially in summer, depending on the needs of the garden and nursery.
  •  Experience in sowing, recognizing and collecting native and exotic seeds.
  •  Proofable experience in the production and management work of native and exotic plants.
  •  Verifiable training in plant production, through vegetative reproduction and sowing, etc.
  •  Availability to support the activities of CONAF nurseries.


  •  FAO does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process ( application, interview, processing ).
  •  Incomplete applications will not be taken into account. If you need help or have questions, contact:
  •  Applications received after the expiration of the application deadline will not be accepted.
  •  We inform you that FAO will only consider academic degrees or credentials obtained from a teaching institution included in the World Database on Higher Education, which is a list maintained by the International Association of Universities ( IAU ) / UNESCO. The list can be consulted at:
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It is noted that all candidates should adhere to the Organization’s values of commitment to FAO, respect for all and integrity and transparency.


  •  If you want to apply, go to the FAO Recruitment Website ( Employment in FAO ) and complete your online profile.
  •  Incomplete applications will not be taken into account. Only applications received through the contracting portal will be considered.
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