HAP openings

Conservation Coordinator 

NCF’s High Altitude Programme (HAP) works in India’s high altitudes, striving to help conserve the snow leopard – as well as the diversity of life & landscapes that this beautiful cat symbolizes – in a scientifically robust and socially responsible manner. We combine research, community involvement, conservation education, and policy-level dimensions. The HAP also partners with the Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) an international not-for-profit organization that seeks to conserve the snow leopard and its habitat globally. 

 We invite applications for the position of a Conservation Coordinator with the HAP’s Conservation team, to strengthen on-ground implementation of our conservation efforts. The primary responsibility of this position will be to coordinate the functioning and monitoring of ongoing conservation interventions. The position will also be responsible for coordination and reporting to relevant Government and Non-Government agencies.


Specific responsibilities in this position will require you to: 

  • Work directly with local communities on conservation conflict mitigation initiatives following our standardized principles for community engagement. 
  • Conduct meetings with local government officials to facilitate and strengthen conservation initiatives, maintain/improve cordial relationships. 
  •  Support our ongoing conservation-linked livelihood and conservation education interventions. Participate in planning and ensure timely implementation of the HAP’s Annual Plan. 
  • Explore new opportunities to expand the scope and impact of our work. 
  • Contribute to capacity building of field staff through training workshops and assigning clear duties/work with periodic assessment of their skills. 
  • Formulate project proposals in close coordination with the Asst. Director (Conservation) and help raise necessary funds for our ongoing and future conservation work. 
  • Stay in regular contact with the Programme Leadership for updating the progress of assigned and routine work.


We invite applications from individuals who are passionate to work in wildlife conservation. Prior experience of working in a non-governmental setup and/or with local communities would be an advantage, though not a necessity. We are open to considering applicants who may not have a formal background in wildlife sciences, but have demonstrated their commitment to work in this area. A formal training in wildlife, forest, environment and natural resources management and allied sectors would definitely strengthen your application. 
This position requires excellent social and communication skills, and the ability to interact with a diversity of people including local communities, government officials and field staff in a respectful and culturally sensitive manner. Good written and oral communication in English with working knowledge of Hindi is necessary. 
Some of the key skills desirable for this position are: 

  • Experience in independent handling of projects. Preparedness to work in challenging field situations with minimal assistance, communication and infrastructure support. 
  • Good interpersonal skills, flexibility and intuitive abilities. 
  • Clear understanding of and strict adherence to work ethic, goals of our work/organisation and deadlines. 
  • Skills in project management, report writing, preparation of project proposals and coordinating field work in distant and often remote locations with field staff. 
  • Positive attitude/openness towards the culture, religious identities and traditional wisdom of local people.

Location and Renumeration

 The position will be based out of NCF’s office in Mysore or Bangalore, with the possibility of spending considerable time (upto 4 months, annually) at field locations in challenging environmental conditions in high altitude locations. Remuneration will be commensurate with the applicant’s qualifications and experience and subject to periodic/annual assessment and increments. The candidate will be on probation and training for six months after selection.

To Apply

Please apply with your CV and a Statement of Purpose (SOP) on why you believe this job is appropriate for you. Please email these to vinutha@ncf-india.org before 20 January 2019.

All candidates are welcome to apply. Women are especially encouraged.

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