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OPPORTUNITY

Opportunity to work on the Forest Owlet Conservation Project in Madhya Pradesh

Number of Position: 2

Background

For more than a decade, Wildlife Research and Conservation Society (www.wrcsindia.org) is carrying out ecological research on the Forest Owlet and other sympatric owls in Central India. Our research has yielded useful insights on the distribution, occupancy, habitat preference, demography, breeding foraging, and behaviour of the Forest Owlet and other sympatric owls in the landscape. We are trying to understand the drivers of distribution and population of the Forest Owlet and ultimately strengthen management actions that will help in-situ conservation of this elusive species. The findings of our research are available on various platforms as scientific papers, popular articles, technical manuals, blogs and also on webinars. This project is aimed at implementing specific conservation actions for the Forest Owlet in Madhya Pradesh, that will ensue its survival in the wild. The project is being implemented with our partners and supporters, namely, The Habitats Trust (THT) in association with the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department.

Project Area

The project area is located in remote forests in Khandwa and Burhanpur districts of Madhya Pradesh. The forests are teak dominant, dry deciduous and experiences harsh summers and chilly winters. The project duration is for three years, starting from April 2024. The work will require continued presence of the team in the project area and long working hours in the field. We look forward to work with individuals who are like-minded, and enjoy being in the field. We urge the applicant to consider the following criteria seriously before sending in their application.

2 Brief description of the work

• This is a totally field-oriented project. The Project Officers will need to visit the forests and villages daily and work with the field staff and local communities.

• Aligning programs in close association with the local communities, forest department and other departments • Assessing and implementing various types of measures in the field and villages • Conducting and organizing trainings and workshops for local people and field staff

• Designing innovative measures for the project objectives

• Data analysis and preparing reports, presentations and outreach material and attending meetings and conferences

Eligibility

• We are seeking applications from post-graduates in Social Sciences/Wildlife Science/Ecology or similar subject

• Those who can commit to work for the entire duration of the project • Earlier experience of working on similar projects

• Excellent skill in report writing, statistical analysis, GIS, camera-trapping, and other study methods • Excellent command over spoken and written English and Hindi

• Young and physically very fit to work in tough terrain for long hours and willing to walk for 10 km daily in rugged terrain

• Ability to drive a 4-wheel vehicle and motorcycle on the rough forest roads and holder of permanent driving license for both

• Willing to stay in very basic field accommodation on a shared basis with other members • We look forward to working with honest, dedicated person with a pleasant personality, a sense of responsibility, adventure, humor, humility and a great team spirit

• This is a full-time position so those looking for a MS dissertation, internship or a short-term job are requested to excuse this opportunity.

Remuneration

Remuneration will be suitable as per the experience of the applicant.

How to apply

Applicants interested in applying should send an introductory email on mail@wrcsindia.org with following attachments at the earliest. Short-listed candidates will be contacted for further processing of the application. a. A one page note on why are you applying for this project and , b. Latest resume with details on past and current work. In the resume, please include name, email and mobile number of three referees from the ecology field. Please share pdfs of your research publications if any. 

Please apply before 29th Feb 2024.

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