WRCS Owl Ecology Project: One Position for Field Biologist


About the Project

​WRCS (wrcsindia.org) is working on the ecology of Forest Owlet and other small and large sympatric owls in Central India since 2013.  Through our long-term work, we are trying to understand ecological co-variates that influence habitat use and reproductive success of owl assemblage in the area. We are expanding our work and would like to appoint one more researcher to join the existing team.  Since this is an ongoing project, logistics and data protocols are well-established.

​Project Site

The study area is Melghat Tiger Reserve in Amravati District of Maharashtra. Besides its rich wildlife, Melghat is well-known for its remote, rugged, hilly terrain and picturesque landscape. The area experiences extreme temperatures ranging from 46 C in Summer to 6 C in Winter.


Since this is a field-based project the research team is stationed in Melghat for most of the year. This project offers a great learning opportunity in field ecology and on-ground conservation of owls.

Considering the above, this position is most suitable for individuals who identify with the following:

  1. Having earlier experience of working on field research projects

  2. Keen birder with academic interest in ornithology

  3. Willing to work for minimum two years

  4. Proficient in scientific writing and analysis

  5. Ready to work in difficult field conditions

  6. Of amicable temperament and ability to work in a team

Individuals preparing for scholarship/competitive exams, looking for short-term assignments or wanting to experiment in wildlife research, should not apply.


Remuneration will be based on qualification and experience of the applicant.

To Apply

Interested individuals can email their recent resume including details of education, grades obtained, past experience in ecological research and contact details of three references. Please email the resume with subject line: Application for Owl Ecology Project in Melghat to mail@wrcsindia.org at the earliest. 

Volunteer with us

February 03, 2019

We have opportunities for small groups to volunteer on this project. Tree plantations require a steady workforce to maintain saplings, remove weeds, mulch young trees among other tasks. If you are a small group (5 to 10 people) that is looking for some field time on weekends and are willing to get your hands muddy then contact Sunil at sunilkale25@gmail.com

Volunteers need to pay for their own travel (both ways), food expenses, and basic accommodation at Koynanagar. Please note this opportunity will involve laborious physical work, and very basic food and accommodation. Apply only if you are up for this task.

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