Research assistant to conduct research work at the Mangrove forests of the Mumbai metropolitan region.
Location: Mumbai, Thane, and Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra
Program/Sector: Human-wildlife interactions program.
Position Type & Tenure: 6-month full-time Consultant
About us: The Wildlife Conservation Society-India works to conserve wildlife backed by science. We work in partnership with governmental and non-governmental organizations to deal with conservation challenges such as human-wildlife interaction, combating wildlife trafficking, conservation of marine ecosystems and species, conservation of endangered species, livelihood development of local communities, and so on. We are committed to wildlife conservation and the ecological worldview that recognizes the inextricable link between human welfare and the protection of wildlife and wild spaces; WCS-India endeavors to inspire positive attitudes in people towards wildlife.
WCS-India is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.
About the Position
This is an entry-level position for people having six months or more experience. A research assistant (RA) is expected to coordinate and conduct fieldwork in the mangrove forest patches of the Mumbai metropolitan region. This study, to be conducted in collaboration with the Mangrove Cell of the Maharashtra Forest Department, aims to conduct preliminary research toward understanding the ecology of golden jackals in the mangrove forests of the Mumbai Metropolitan region. The RA is expected to work four months of fieldwork along with data entry and other responsibilities listed below. The RA will also significantly assist the research team in preparing the final report and other submissions. The project will cover simple accommodations during fieldwork.
Rigorous fieldwork in the challenging landscape of urban mangrove forests.
Studying the movement, activity, habitat use, and other aspects of the ecology of golden jackals and other mammals in the study site, using a combination of techniques
Camera trapping surveys.
Engagement with local communities.
Data entry, data validation, and data processing.
Other awareness and conservation-related activities in the landscape.
Any other work assigned by the Programme Manager and supervisors on the field or in the office related to wildlife research or conservation
A Master’s Degree in Wildlife Biology/Life Sciences/Zoology
Prior field experience of at least six months.
Good communication skills with stakeholders and community members from the study area landscape.
Other additional skills
Any other courses on wildlife/remote sensing/ecosystem services/environmental assessments will be advantageous.
Fluency in Marathi and Hindi.
Driver’s license and driving skills for both two-wheelers and four-wheelers (with at least two years prior driving experience).
Advanced proficiency in field data collection methods, biodiversity surveys, and assessments.
Ability to write technical reports with minimal supervision.
Date of joining: December 1, 2022.
It’s time to apply:
To apply, please send together in one file a cover letter and an updated resume. Submit your application using the position title “Research Assistant -MMR” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org latest by November 18, 2022.
Candidates should mandatorily share the contact details of three professional references.
All applications will be reviewed; however, only shortlisted candidates will be notified for further process.