Project Officer- Ghost Gear Project | WWF India

Project Officer- Ghost Gear Project

WWF-India has a growing marine conservation programme with a focus on promoting sustainable fisheries, conserving threatened marine species & habitats, as well as promoting effective planning and management on land and sea. Within these strategic areas, geographic and thematic focus areas include Gujarat, Kerala, Goa, West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Lakshadweep, with an emerging program in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In achieving our conservation objectives, WWF works with a wide range of stakeholders including local communities, NGOs, government agencies, research institutions and industry.
WWF-India has two exciting new projects, for which a committed individual, with a keen interest in marine issues and coastal communities, is required. The successful individual will be a part of the Marine Conservation Programme The individual will be based in Andhra Pradesh, the state in which major components of both projects will be implemented.
The ghost gear project involves the research, monitoring and removal of ghost gear, or derelict fishing gear, in India’s offshore waters. Components include the gathering of baseline data on extent and impacts, through engagement with fishing communities, the creation of a monitoring programme, and devising a mechanism for its removal.
Another project currently in the stage of implementation involves engagement with fishing communities, boat owners and trawl associations to encourage the use of turtle excluder devices on trawlers, which is mandated by law but poorly enforced. Furthermore, data on the spatial and temporal movements of olive ridley turtles off Andhra Pradesh’s coast will be collected, through the training of fishing communities.
Location: Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.  
Travel within the state will be frequent, with periodic travel to the Secretariat office in Delhi and other project sites.


The JobProfile:
  • Conduct social and surveys among coastal communities efficiently and effectively
  • Initiate community-based monitoring programmes
  • Gathering data on ‘ghost gear’ and marine turtle congregations through engagement with coastal communities
  • Organize and mobilize local communities towards the promotion of marine turtle conservation
  • Analyze data and effectively write scientific reports in English
Qualifications, Experience and competencies required:
  • M.Sc. in marine biology and ecology, or social sciences with strong environmental inclinations, is a requirement.
  • Applicants should have at least between 1 and 3 years of experience in either marine or social sectors, preferable in both to varying extents.
  • Knowledge of marine issues in India would be an asset.
  • Strong English skills will be required, with regards to written and oral project deliverables.
  • In addition, spoken Telugu will be a strong asset, for ease in communication with local communities.
  • The ability and willingness to undertake multiple tasks and work independently is also essential.
  • The ability and willingness to work independently in remote places, with a strong work ethic with regard to project deliverables and work plans is essential.
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Last Date for sending applications: 7th October, 2018
Submission Details:
Please submit an up-to-date CV (mentioning your full name in the resume attachment), giving details regarding compensation received in the present assignment, expected salary, and three references.
In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please mention “Project Officer –Ghost Gear Project”, in the subject line.
The vacancy is open to Indian Nationals only. Applications of only the short listed candidates will be acknowledged.
WWF-India is an equal opportunities employer. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.

Remuneration will be competitive with Indian NGO pay scales and will depend upon candidate’s experience levels and the overall WWF-India salary structure. WWF-India does not provide housing, telephone or vehicle facilities.
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