Project Name: Arali Katte: Celebrating Nature-Culture Relationships
Location: Bengaluru, India
Reporting Head: Project Manager
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 Qualification:
Bachelor’s degree in advertising, art, design or allied fields; Master’s degree will be an asset; or at least 4 years of design experience
Knowledge of software like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign etc.
Excellent interpersonal skills and organizational abilities
Interest in research related to traditional arts/crafts would be preferable
Roles & Responsibilities
Contribute to the development of an outreach strategy in collaboration with the Program Manager and the team
Support the fellows with the development of relevant communication/ outreach material
Build relationships with art institutions/ artists preferably based in but not limited to Karnataka
Assist in the planning and execution of nature-culture festivals.
Assist the team in documenting and representing stories highlighting human-nature relationships, especially as represented in traditional arts/crafts
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.