Position: Project Manager
Project Name: Arali Katte: Celebrating Nature-Culture Relationships
Location: Bengaluru, India
Reporting Head: Country Director
Duration: One year
About WCS-India: Wildlife Conservation Society-India (WCS–India) is an Indian non-profit rooted in science-based conservation. Through our different ongoing programs, our mission is to conserve, protect and heal wildlife and wild places and strengthen the benefits that they offer to humankind. For the past ten years, WCS–India has worked with various stakeholders including government bodies and local communities on a range of issues including mitigation of conflicts over wildlife, consolidation of critical wildlife habitats (terrestrial and marine), as well as countering illegal wildlife trade. We believe in conserving natural spaces in an inclusive and empathetic manner that can also benefit the people who depend on them.
About the Project: The lives of people and wildlife are inextricably interlinked. A common thread for many of us is an almost primeval fascination that we have for nature/wild animals. On the one hand, children spend hours observing the slow movement of a snail or watching the sun streaming through the trees. It is not a coincidence that most holiday destinations promise peace and quiet in the lap of nature. On the other hand, though, there are several examples of intentional and inadvertent insensitivity in our interaction with nature, be it thought, speech or action, which can greatly impact how we perceive and protect it. We believe that with sustained engagement, respectful and empathetic human-nature connections can be fostered, and citizens can bring about long-lasting change for a compassionate future.
WCS–India is launching a multidisciplinary project to document and preserve India’s unique eco-cultural heritage. India is replete with stories of cultural relationships with wild animals. These relationships are multifaceted; they may be negotiated, contested, and even fractured but they represent complex and nuanced forms of coexistence between people and wildlife. In this project, we would like to delve into understanding nature-culture relationships better, and celebrate them through traditional and contemporary art forms, and large-scale citizen involvement. We hope to network with all those who may be interested in being a part of this journey.
Requirements and Qualifications:
Master’s or PhD in development and/or conservation sectors or at least 8 years of experience in conservation/ communication/ community interventions
Excellent at building relationships and partnerships
Excellent at project management, creative problem solving, and communication
Well-versed with MS Office and preferably project management software like Asana
Willingness to work with teams and multiple stakeholders
Competent to resolve conflicts if they occur
Roles & Responsibilities
Plan, develop, and implement a public engagement and outreach strategy of the specific deliverables for this project
Lead and manage a small team responsible for all aspects of project design and implementation
Build collaborations and partnerships with various institutions, individuals, and networks to achieve the above
Planning and organizing nature-culture festivals focused on celebrating stories of human-nature coexistence and implementing them in collaboration with the stakeholders/partners
Document stories highlighting human-nature relationships as well as our process of engagement
Compensation: Commensurate with the qualifications and experience.
How to apply?
To apply, please send together in one file a cover letter, resumé, and contact details of two referees. To submit your application, use the appropriate position title “Fellowship Coordinator–HDW” / “Project Manager–HDW” / “Creative Lead–HDW” in the subject line and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org latest by Aug 15th, 2022.
All applications will be reviewed. However, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. WCS-India is an equal opportunities employer (f/m/x), and we particularly encourage applications from disenfranchised groups.