Internship opening with WWF-India: Marine Programme | WWF India

Internship opening with WWF-India: Marine Programme

Ghost gear’, or drifting parts of fishing gear (nets, line, floats etc.) that have been either lost, discarded or abandoned from fishing activity, is a serious threat to the marine ecosystem. From entangling endangered and commercially important marine animals, to smothering coral reefs and other critical habitats, to breaking down into microplastics to be ingested by various animals, the threat posed by derelict fishing gear is enormous. In addition, the threat is ever increasing, as fishing activity continues to increase and the durability of the gear used also persists indefinitely in the ocean. Ecological, social and economic implications of this exist, from the direct harm it confers on marine animals, to the impact it has on fishing communities and related livelihoods.

WWF-India runs a project on mitigating such impacts from our oceans. The goal of the project is to understand the scale of the threat of ghost gear in Indian waters, and to develop an effective system of removal of ‘ghost gear’ by fishing communities, with direct benefits to these communities – by way of financial incentives for removing gear, to schemes by which such material can be recycled or up-cycled.

The key to achieving this will be bridging the gap between fishing communities and solution providers. However, a lot of work exists before we get there. The collection of baseline data is one of the key first steps.

This is where an exciting internship opportunity exists!

There is an opening available for an internship with us, based out of our Kochi office.

Key responsibilities of the internship will include:
  • Surveying diverse fishing communities across the 9 coastal districts of Kerala, with the aim of establishing a baseline  
  • Collating and analyzing data
  • Assisting in the documentation and writing up of key results.
Essential requirements for the position will include:
  • A Bachelor’s degree in social studies or marine/fisheries/environmental science 
  • Oral and written fluency in Malayalam
  • Being based in Kochi, or a willingness to work out of there
  • A willingness to travel alone within Kerala during this period (this position will involve frequent travel across Kerala’s coastline)
  • A strong interest in issues relating to conservation
  • Punctuality with reporting and meeting work deadlines, and a commitment to producing high quality results
  • An interest in engaging with fishing communities
Desired requirements for the position include:
  • Prior experience and sensitivity in working with fishing communities preferable
  • A relevant Master’s degree holder will be given priority
  • Ability to ride a scooter
A stipend of up to Rs 10,000 per month can be provided, depending on the applicant’s skills and abilities. Additionally, conveyance, per diem, and other approved expenses towards field work only will be covered by the project. Other food expenses, outstation travel, and accommodation cannot be covered/offered by the project.

If interested, please send in your resume along with a Statement of Interest (in not more than 300 words) via email with a subject line stating 'GG-Internship' to Sumer Rao Please apply, only if, you meet the project requirements.

Last date for application: 5th September 2019

Joining Date:  20th September 2019 (minimum 3 months commitment is mandatory)
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