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Opportunity for the Program Manager for Ecology and Conservation of the Forest Owlet


For more than a decade, Wildlife Research and Conservation Society ( has been 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.

Project Area

The project area is located in remote forests in Khandwa and Burhanpur districts of Madhya Pradesh. The forests are hilly, teak dominant, dry deciduous and experiences harsh summers and chilly winters. The project duration is three years, starting from June 2024. The work will require continued presence of the team in the project area and long working hours in the field. Only those who have completed their degrees should apply. Those looking for short-term project work, dissertation, internship, or pursuing the degree, or in the final stage of the degree (PhD, M.S) are requested to excuse this opportunity.
We look forward to working with individuals who are enthusiastic, honest, sincere, reliable and enjoy working in the field. We urge the applicant to consider the following criteria seriously before sending their application.


Positions: 1 Project Manager


M.Sc/Ph.D in Wildlife Science/Ecology or similar subjects with minimum eight years work experience in avian research.

Job description
• Will be based at WRCS Pune office with frequent visits to the project site.
• Assist in overall implementation and management of the project.
• Interact with the field team on a daily basis, assist the team in planning their work, review their outputs
• Visit the field site to coordinate the activities, meetings, workshops with local communities and forest department
• Prepare progress reports, annual reports, compile the data, analyze the data, prepare the manuscripts.
• Plan and conduct awareness workshops, prepare awareness and outreach media and presentations as required
• Organize and attend meetings and workshops

• Excellent command over written and spoken English and Hindi
• Well-versed in scientific writing and analysis
• Excellent knowledge of avian ecology
• Should be well-versed in analytical tools and able to carry out analysis using latest software
• Good command over GIS
• The project manager should be updated on latest research and conservation techniques on avian biology
• Should be able to network with different agencies/individuals for implementing project objectives.
• Ability to interact and work closely with government officers.
• Excellent team management skills. Should have good understanding of the issues, plan daily and weekly schedules, should have capacity to lead a team and achieve project targets.
• The project manager will need to travel within the project area. 2-wheeler and 4-wheeler driving license is preferable.
• Should be physically fit and willing to travel in the field for long duration. While in field the manager may have to live in a shared field accommodation.
• Between 28 to 37 years of age.

Remuneration for the Project Manager will be based on the applicant’s qualification and experience.

How to apply
Interested candidates are requested to apply at the earliest by sending an email on The subject line should mention “Application for Position 1: Project Manager”.
The application should have the following:
• A cover email introducing yourself and your work
• Attach your latest resume and publications if any
• A word file having contact details of three referees (name, phone number and email) from ecology field.
Applications without the above details will not be considered.

Applications are open until suitable candidates are found.

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