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Recruitment of two field assistants, at IISER Kolkata, for biodiversity research in Madhya Pradesh

We require two field assistants immediately for (1) Plant Diversity and (2) Animal Diversity (Butterflies, Birds, and Mammals) assessments to be carried out in Betul, Sehore, Sagar, Raisen and Hoshangabad districts of Madhya Pradesh.

The positions will be based at IISER Kolkata but will require extensive time on field work in Madhya Pradesh. The project on ‘Monitoring Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Ecosystem Enhancement under the Green India Mission’ is supervised by Dr. Robert John Chandran. The project is funded by the Government of Madhya Pradesh.

Essential Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Zoology/Botany/Wildlife Science/Life Sciences as pertinent to the respective positions. Ability for field taxonomy of plants/birds/butterflies is required. As it is a short-term project and there is no time to train the field assistants, ecological research experience in the forests of at least one of the target districts: Hoshangabad, Sagar, Raisen, Sehore, and Betul is mandatory for this position.

Desirable Qualifications: Ability to use Surveying compass and Global Positioning System (GPS) device. Proficiency in MS Office.

Age limit: Not more than 27 years, as on the date of publication of this advertisement

Salary: The field assistants will be paid Rs 10,000 per month

Duration: The employment will be for a period of 12 months only.

The posts are purely temporary and contractual in nature. Interested candidates are requested to submit a detailed CV and a Cover Letter by email to by 12 noon, 25th February 2021. The Subject of the email must be ‘Application for Plant Diversity Field Assistant’ or ‘Application for Animal Diversity Field Assistant’. If a candidate wishes to apply for both the positions, he/she must apply separately. Scanned marksheets, certificates, and proof of work experience in the above-mentioned field site(s) must be sent along with the application email in pdf format.

The shortlisted candidates will receive a call letter mentioning the time and date for the interview via email. The number of candidates to be called for the interview will be decided on the basis of the applications received. Mere fulfilment of the eligibility criteria does not guarantee a call for the interview.