Senior Project Officer- Elephant Biologist at various locations | WWF India

Senior Project Officer- Elephant Biologist at various locations

Human-elephant conflict (HEC) threatens the lives and livelihoods of both humans and Asia’s elephants, constituting one of the most serious threats to elephant conservation. It is crucial that conservation organizations work together to systematically address the drivers of HEC. Yet conservation organizations lack access to even the most basic data related to HEC and elephant ecology across India. For that reason, WWF-India is ramping up our scientific and conservation endeavors with respect to elephants in our Brahmaputra, Western Ghats, and Terai Arc Landscapes.
 
Locations: i) Western Ghats/Nilgiris Landscape
                  ii) Brahmaputra Landscape
       
Job Description:
  1.  Western Ghats/Nilgiris Landscape 
For this work, WWF-India seeks a Senior Project Officer—Elephant Research Biologist (SPO-ERB) to co-lead elephant and HEC research in the Western Ghats/Nilgiris Landscape. This SPO-ERB will coordinate/co-lead the following efforts:
  • Research on elephant habitat quality and usage through behavioral observations of collared elephants;
  • Implementation and rigorous monitoring/evaluation on how an intervention to promote community-driven habitat restoration/improvement in elephant habitats affects habitat use (and outcomes for communities);
S/he will also support the following efforts, which might be led at the landscape or national level by WWF and/or collaborators:
  • Rigorous estimation of elephant populations at various scales using genetic capture-recapture;
  • Collection of HEC data from government offices across Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala for the IUCN – WWF-India collaboration with Project Elephant to establish a central database on HEC;
  • Data collection, analysis, and writing to support the selected priority conservation advocacy efforts for elephants in the Western Ghats/Nilgiris Landscape;
  • Data collection and field assistance for adaptive on-demand conservation in support of communities and the Forest Department with respect to reducing human-elephant conflict.
Experience & Desired skills:
  • Exposure of working with research and conservation institutions
  • Collecting and managing data
  • Writing and publishing peer-reviewed scientific papers
  • Working in teams and managing teams of at least two other people
  • Working in elephant landscapes
  • Engaging respectfully with communities suffering from human-elephant conflict
  • Proficiency/fluency in Tamil, Malayalam, or Kannada is desired 
  1. Brahmaputra Landscape 
For this work, WWF-India seeks a Senior Project Officer—Elephant Research Biologist (SPO-ERB) to co-lead elephant and HEC research in the Brahmaputra Landscape. This SPO-ERB will coordinate/co-lead the following efforts:
  • Research on elephant habitat quality and usage through behavioral observations of collared elephants;
  • Development of a toolkit for the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change and state Forest Departments to reduce HEC through the use of community institutions and elephant-safe fences
S/he will also support the following efforts, which might be led at the landscape or national level by WWF and/or collaborators:
  • Develop and help implement a standardized system for recording data on human-elephant conflict across elephant range states;
  • Development of a plan to minimize elephant-train collisions in partnership with the Railway and Forest Departments in the Brahmaputra Landscape;
  • Data collection, analysis, and writing to support the selected priority conservation advocacy effort for elephants in the Brahmaputra Landscape;
  • Data collection and field assistance for adaptive on-demand conservation in support of communities and the Forest Department with respect to reducing human-elephant conflict, including identifying individual elephants engaged in conflict.
Experience & Desired Skills:
  • Exposure of working with research and conservation institutions
  • Collecting and managing data
  • Writing and publishing peer-reviewed scientific papers
  • Working in teams and managing teams of at least two other people
  • Working in elephant landscapes
  • Engaging respectfully with communities suffering from human-elephant conflict
  • Proficiency/fluency in Assamese and/or Hindi is desired
Qualifications & Experience required for both the above positions:
  • PhD in biology, ecology, behavior sciences, botany, wildlife conservation, or other discipline related to elephant biology and/or human-wildlife conflict;
    OR
  • Masters in one of these fields with demonstrable publishable research;
    AND
  • Demonstrated abilities in scientific writing;
  • Competency and demonstrated accomplishment in rigorous research design and statistical analysis (preferably using the program R);
Apply Via Email to: recruitments@wwfindia.net
 
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.
 
Last Date for sending applications: 20th December, 2019
 
In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please mention “SPO-Elephant Biologist (Location)”, 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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