Rainforest Restoration Project Co-ordinator

Eastern Himalaya Program, Nature Conservation Foundation

The Eastern Himalaya Programme at Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) is looking for a co-ordinator for their Rainforest Restoration Project in Arunachal Pradesh.

We are looking for a motivated candidate (preferred age 25-35 years) with an interest in ecological restoration and rainforest plants for joining long-term rainforest restoration project near Pakke Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh.

The selected candidate will be required to manage the rainforest plant species nursery, including supervise/undertake regular seed collection, planting, monitoring germination, and routine nursery maintenance (transplanting, watering, seed protection). The work will include supervision of existing field staff, preparing seedlings and saplings for planting out in restoration sites during the monsoon. S/he will need to help identify and demarcate restoration sites for planting each year, supervise workers in establishing the plot, participate in restoration planting and monitoring, and maintain records of planting, vegetation status and other activities. Outreach efforts connected with the project (including with visitors, students, and interns), also need to be carried out.There is also scope for the candidate to carry out research studies connected with rainforest plants, particularly in the nursery and long-term rainforest restoration sites.

The project has carried out ecological restoration and monitored rainforest vegetation in and around Pakke Tiger Reserve over the past two years. As the project is inherently long-term, candidates who are interested in opportunities for such long-term and sustained engagements and commitments to landscape and conservation are especially encouraged to apply. The candidates will be expected to also work on preparing proposals, reports and publications periodically.

Essential qualifications:We are looking for a candidate with a Master’s degree preferably in related fields such as Botany, Zoology, Ecology, Life Sciences, or Wildlife Science (or, if holding a different degree, then a demonstrable keen interest in plants, conservation, and motivation for field work). Proficiency in basic word processing and other computer applications such as spreadsheets, mapping, and presentation software is required. The candidate should have good communication skills and be able to work in a team.

Desirable qualifications:Knowledge of basic botany, plant and seed identification skills, experience in plant nursery maintenance and management. Knowledge of Assamese or Hindi. Ability to manage large datasets and carry out statistical analysis for reports and manuscripts.

We welcome applications from women and candidates from disadvantaged social or economic backgrounds as well. Candidates from the north-eastern region are especially encouraged to apply.

Location and Pay

It will be a contract position, and pay will be commensurate with the candidate's skills and experience. The contract will be for one year and the position is extendable after review at the end of one year and contingent on availability of funding.

This position is based primarily out of the NCF field station in Lower Seijosa village, near Pakke Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh. Candidates will be expected to stay in Pakke for at least 6-8 months of the year. The candidate may be expected to visit NCF’s Bangalore office once a year. Accommodation will be provided at the field station in Darlong village near Seijosa, Pakke Tiger Reserve (shared with other students and researchers) and project-related costs and travel costs connected to fieldwork would be covered. Food expenses will need to be shared by the candidate along with others at the field station.

To apply 

Please send a detailed CV, along with a 1-page statement of purpose in a single word/pdf document to Veena Rai <veenarai@ncf-india.org> by 5th September 2017.

The subject of your email should be: "Application: Rainforest Restoration Project co-ordinator”. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The last date for submitting applications is 5 September 2017, but the position will be open until a suitable candidate is selected. Please wait for at least 4 weeks to hear back from us about your application before contacting us again.The selected candidate will be expected to start work within one month of being informed of their selection for the position.

For more information on our Rainforest Restoration project, click here

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