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1 week, 2 days ago 0
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WCS India Program is hiring interns under a project on the conservation of endangered lion-tailed macaques in the Western Ghats.

The project involves questionnaire-based surveys in multiple sites across Tamil Nadu. Selected candidates will be required to travel extensively, interact with local communities and conduct surveys as per a predetermined scientific protocol.

Essential qualifications:

i) Candidate must be fluent in speaking Tamil and/or Malayalam
ii) Basic knowledge of MS Excel
iii) Valid driver’s licence
iv) Inter-personal skills, and the ability to work well with a team
v) Can commit to a period of 2 months
vi) Prior field experience with wildlife research or conservation is desirable

The position is open with immediate effect. Renumeration will be decided based on candidate qualification and experience. Accommodation and food expenses in the field will be covered by the project.

To apply, please send an email to <interns.wcsindia@gmail.com> with the subject line ‘Application: Research Assistant, May 2018’, stating interest in brief (100 words), along with your most recent resume/CV.

1 week, 4 days ago 0
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Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS) has Research Associate and Research Assistantships available to work on projects focusing on human-wildlife interactions, conservation education and tourism across India.

Qualifications:
(i) Masters’ degree in Wildlife Biology/Wildlife Science/Zoology/Life Science/Environmental Science or related field, or Bachelor’s degree in ecology or related field, with field experience
(ii) Past experience in conducting ecological research
(iii) Valid driver’s license for light motor vehicle is desirable
(iv) Inter-personal skills, and the ability to work well with a team
(v) Knowledge of Kannada/Hindi/Malaylam is desirable
(vi) Strong interest in wildlife conservation.

The candidate will participate in research activities and will be expected to contribute to program logistics. Remuneration will be in accordance with qualifications.

How to apply: Interested candidates may send their CV, including prior work experience in conducting ecological surveys, and a brief description of interest in joining this project, to Dr. Krithi Karanth at kkaranth@wcs.org with the subject line, ‘Application: Research Assistant/Associate’.

1 month ago Comments Off on WCS India Program staff honoured by the ZEISS Group and the Rotary Club
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Two of WCS India Program ​staff were honoured by the Zeiss Group, New Delhi and the Rotary Club, Mysuru East.​

​Narasimha Chapakanda​

The Zeiss group, Global technology leader, operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics, awarded Mr Narasimha Chapakanda on 23rd March, 2018 with its prestigious ‘ZEISS Wildlife Conservation Awards 2018’ recognising his valuable contribution to wildlife conservation in India​. ​Mr ​Narasimha has been working with WCS India Program since 2004, in areas ​around Kali Tiger Reserve.

Govindappa​ H L ​
​The ​Rotary Club, Mysore East ​honoured ​Mr. Govindappa H L on 18th April, 2018 for his significant service and contribution in the field of social work. 
​The ​Rotary Club, Mysore East supports the relocated families of Sollepura relocation centre in the field of education and healthcare. Mr Govindappa has been working with WCS India Program since 2013 in areas around the Nagarahole Tiger Reserve.
The WCS India Program congratulates Mr Narasimha Chapakanda and Mr Govindappa H L for the prestigious awards.
1 month, 2 weeks ago Comments Off on Post-doctoral Fellowships
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The Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have two year Postdoctoral Fellowships available to work on projects focusing on human-wildlife interactions, conservation education, remote sensing and agriculture, ecological economics and/ wildlife tourism across India.

Qualifications:
(i) PhD degree in Conservation Ecology/Wildlife Biology/Life Science/Environmental Science/Education/Remote Sensing-GIS/Environmental Economics or related field
(ii) Strong interest in wildlife conservation
(iii) Past experience in conducting field based social science and/ ecological research
(iv) Evidence of writing skills including published papers and proposals
(v) Familiarity with Earth Engine and Python
(vi) Evidence of strong analytical skills
(vii) Fluency in Indian languages (Kannada, Malayalam and/ Hindi is desirable)
(viii) Inter-personal skills, and the ability to work well with a team
(ix) Valid driver’s license for light motor vehicle is desirable

Remuneration will be in accordance with qualifications and expertise.

How to apply: Interested candidates may send their CV, publications, including prior work experience in conducting social or ecological surveys, and a cover letter with brief description of interest to Dr. Krithi Karanth (krithi.karanth@gmail.com) with the subject line, ‘Application: Postdoctoral fellowship’.

1 month, 4 weeks ago Comments Off on Volunteer with WCS India Program
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Wildlife Conservation Society India Program has volunteering opportunities for candidates with keen interest in wildlife research, data processing and data analysis.

Location: Bengaluru

Requirements:
1. Graduate degree in any discipline.
2. Extremely meticulous and organised.
3. Basic working knowledge of Microsoft Office (particularly MS-Excel).
4. Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team.
5. Passionate about wildlife. 

This position is largely office-based.

Interested candidates are requested to send an email to <interns.wcsindia@gmail.com>, with the subject line “Application: Volunteers, Mar 2018”, stating interest in brief (100 words), along with their resume and other relevant information.

2 months ago Comments Off on The Smoking Elephant
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We are excited to share with you a rare video shot by Mr Vinay Kumar, Assistant Director at WCS India, which captures a wild Asian Elephant exhibiting incredibly unusual behaviour – seemingly ingesting charcoal and blowing out the ashes! The following video was taken while he, his colleague Mr Srikanth Rao and our field staff were checking in on our installed camera-traps in the park as a part of WCS India’s long term monitoring of tiger and prey populations in Nagarahole National Park, Karnataka.

Mr Kumar recalls the experience below:

A cool breeze engulfed me as I peeped out to a misty morning from our field station.  Srikanth, my colleague greeted me and over tea we planned for the day’s 70-90 km drive – the plan was to visit and check 20-23 camera-trap locations in Nagarahole National Park, Karnataka, as part of a long-term project of studying tiger and prey populations. At each camera-trap location, we had deployed a pair of cameras facing each other on either side of a forest road or trail, mounted inside a protective iron shell and triggered automatically by the motion of passing wildlife, including the elusive tiger! I was excited at the thought of what the camera traps might have in store for us from the night before.

But first things first, we needed to fuel up! Breakfast, which was pulao (rice laced with sweet n sour masala) and a small pouring of heated sambar (concoction of lentil and mixed vegetables) from last night’s dinner, tasted like manna from heaven in the serene and romantic surroundings of our isolated field station. We followed that with another round of freshly made hot black tea, after which we were set to hit the road. Srikanth, three field assistants and I boarded our sturdy Mahindra 4-wheel-drive Jeep and set out on our pre-determined route through the forest.

Srikanth Rao (left) and I with our trusted Mahindra and able field assistants. ©Vinay Kumar MC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we drove through Nagarahole, five pairs of eyes strained to catch any possible glimpse of wildlife that we were passing by. While Srikanth focused on driving slowly on these forest roads, all my senses were on full alert.  We had just entered a partially burnt patch of the moist deciduous forests, when we suddenly came face to face with a female elephant standing calmly on the side of the road. This was not an unusual sighting, but what we saw her doing was something that I had never witnessed before, and it has probably not been commonly captured on film earlier either.  As cameras clicked, I switched on to the video mode and filmed what would be an amazing sight to behold, and a behaviour that has had experts trying to decipher the exact nature of the action.

What we saw that day almost appeared as though the elephant was smoking – she would draw up a trunk full of ash close to her mouth and blow it out in a puff of smoke! I quizzed my colleague and elephant biologist, Dr. Varun R. Goswami, on what was going on. In all likelihood, he concluded, the elephant was trying to eat wood charcoal. That made sense as the elephant appeared to be picking up something from the burnt forest floor, blowing away the ash that came along with it in her trunk, and consuming the rest. Charcoal has well recognised toxin-binding properties, and although it may not have much nutritional content, wild animals may be attracted to it for this medicinal value. Charcoal can also serve as a laxative, thereby doubling its utility for animals that consume it after forest fires, lightning strikes, or controlled burns of the type we saw in Nagarahole that day.

This was a unique experience for me, and I am excited to share it with all of you.

2 months ago Comments Off on On the International Day of Forests, some stories from our citizen science program
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21 March 2018, Bengaluru: Today is the International Day of Forests, first instituted by the UN General Assembly to raise awareness about the ecological importance of our forests. We take this opportunity to share stories about our long-running citizen science program, which has been introducing people of all ages, and all walks of life to India’s forests and its wildlife for over three decades! We talk about the evolution of our citizen science program and our volunteers, many of whom muddied their boots in a forest for the first time by participating in our line-transect/occupancy/socio-economic surveys and continue to be involved in wildlife conservation efforts till today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three decades back, Dr Ullas Karanth first began his pioneering study of tiger and prey populations in the forests of the Mysore-Malenad landscape. He soon realised that he not only needed more people on the ground to aid with collecting ecological data but also felt the need to share his vision and rigorous science with the common man. It also dawned on him that he was left with very little time to walk transect lines (marked paths in a forest, which when walked would provide data for assessing prey populations) by himself while expanding his study of the tiger. Thus, he started the process of recruiting and training his team of amateur naturalists who would walk transects and record ecological data of prey populations. This team of ‘volunteer-naturalist’ recruits was put through rigorous screening – long hikes to test capacity for fieldwork, the ability to spot and identify animals quickly, accurately record information and of course, tolerate the incessant tick-bites in the forests of Nagarahole! Fast-forward to over 30 years later, many of these early recruits are staunch conservationists today, and several also chose to switch careers full time to work as ecologists and conservationists!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our rigorous volunteer programs are sometimes jokingly called ‘boot-camps’, as they require participants to brave difficult terrain, live with very basic facilities while engaging in rigorous scientific exercises such as land use mapping, conducting human-wildlife conflict surveys, or participating in transect and occupancy surveys. Yet, several participants report that despite having to conduct arduous fieldwork and living in very basic conditions, they remember their time fondly, and leave with an increased appreciation for forests and wildlife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our early volunteers, Mr Rohit S Rao has been volunteering with our line transect camps for the last 23 years! He recalls, “Being in the wilderness and watching wildlife had always been a dream for me since I was a little boy. So when I learnt of the opportunity to volunteer for WCS’ line transect camp way back in 1995, I jumped at it. This camp turned out to be one of the greatest experiences of my life, where I observed wildlife at close quarters and walked in the stunning forests of Nagarahole National Park. I interacted with experts in the field of wildlife science and conservation, also met so many like-minded people. After this camp, I got hooked.” Mr Rao has been working on conservation initiatives in Kudremukh National Park and has been the Managing Trustee of the Kudremukh Wildlife Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We regularly invite volunteers from diverse backgrounds and professions to participate in our field projects, and train them in wildlife science and conservation. In the last 20 years, over 4,000 people have been trained by us and have volunteered for several research projects. Volunteers and interns are engaged to count and identify animals, map land use, and conduct household socio-economic, conflict, tourism and biodiversity surveys. These citizen science initiatives are designed to provide intensive exposure to various aspects of conservation practice, and to harness an appreciation for nature and wildlife in participants. We conclude this post on our citizen science program with warm wishes to all of you on the International Day of Forests, 2018.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Comments Off on WCS India Program celebrates International Women’s Day
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Bengaluru, 8th March 2018: The International Women’s Day was celebrated at our office and to mark the occasion our Country Director Ms. Prakriti Srivastava, IFS extended an invitation to Ms. Meenakshi Negi, IFS, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Karnataka to visit the WCS India Program office in Bengaluru. Ms. Negi graced the occasion and warmly greeted our entire lady staff. Ms. Negi also held programmatic discussions with our staff on various conservation and research matters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 months, 2 weeks ago Comments Off on International Women’s Day
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Bengaluru, 8th March 2018: The WCS India Program fraternity is pleased to send out a warm greeting to all of you on the occasion of International Women’s Day. At the same time we wish to greet our own female staff who are doing a tremendous job in steering the activities of the WCS India Program.

2 months, 3 weeks ago Comments Off on Workshop on Countering Wildlife Trade by WCCB Inspectors
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Bengaluru, 27th February 2018: An internal workshop on methods of countering trade in wildlife products was organized by the WCS-India Program at its Bengaluru office.  Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), New Delhi deputed two of its Inspectors, Mr R S Sharath and Mr Pradeep Kumar to conduct the workshop covering topics such as WCCB’s mandate and functions, role of enforcement agencies in tackling wildlife crime and intelligence gathering techniques towards busting illegal wildlife trade.  Extensive discussions were held during the course of this workshop.