Asian Elephant is one of WWF’s priority species in Western Ghats Nilgiris Landscape. Human-elephant conflict remains one of the key challenges in conserving elephants across India. WWF India aims to both better understand Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) and develop effective interventions to reduce it.

WWF-India is seeking a Project Officer for the Western Ghats Nilgiris Landscape who is able to provide effective support for elephant research and conservation efforts in the field, with a particular focus on developing and implementing solutions for human-elephant conflict. Incumbent should be prepared to spend significant time in the field, work well in teams, and think critically about causes and solutions of HEC.

Job Profile:

  • Human elephant conflict data collection in the field, including both ecological surveys and interviews with communities.
  • Human elephant data collection from forest department records using app
  • Work with government officials and community members to implement solutions for HEC
  • Following the collared elephants and collection of data on habitat use and behavior activities
  • Help conduct a field experiment on replacing lantana with native vegetation.
  • Support advocacy work to protect elephant corridors.

Qualifications, Experience and competencies required:

  • Masters in Wildlife Biology, Zoology, Forestry, Ecology, Behavior Sciences, Botany, Wildlife Conservation, or any other discipline related to elephant biology and/or Human-Wildlife Conflict;
  • At least 2 to 3 years of experience post qualification.
  • Proficiency/fluency in English and Tamil. Proficiency/fluency in Malayalam also will be considered.
  • Demonstrated interest in working with research and conservation institutions
  • Working experience of elephant research and skills of tracking elephants
  • Data collection in the field
  • Engaging closely with government officials for conservation
  • Basic report composition skills (data entry, basic data analysis, and writing)

Please note, that the 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.

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-Elephant Conservation (WGNL)”, in the subject line. The vacancy is open to Indian Nationals only. Applications of only the short listed candidates will be acknowledged.