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(Posted on 16 October, 2017) 

Contractual Engagement of Personnel  in  the ENVIS Centre on Wildlife & Protected Areas at Wildlife Institute of India (ADVT. No. WII/ENVIS/140/2017)

The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is a premier national institution for training and research in Wildlife Conservation and Management. The WII is part of the Environment Information System (ENVIS) of the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India. For the WII ENVIS Centre on 'Wildlife and Protected Areas' the Institute wishes to engage a PROGRAMME OFFICER (1 Nos.) and I.T. Officer/ GIS Expert (1 Nos.) on a contractual basis. Details of engagement are available at WII-ENVIS centre website and WII website Last date for submission of application and also the written test/ interview is 30th October, 2017

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(Posted on 09 October, 2017) 

A Study on the Ecological Correlates of Forest Owlet at Melghat Forests, Maharashtra

Background: Wildlife Research and Conservation Society (WRCS) has been working on the ecology of Forest Owlet in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra since a long time ( Our long-term studies on Forest Owlet have been useful in assessing ecological and conservation needs of the Forest Owlet and other sympatric owls in Central Indian Landscape.

Project Overview : Although there is no population estimate of Forest Owlet from Melghat Forests, the Forest Owlet appears to be well distributed within the Tiger Reserve and in the adjoining buffer area. Our study will focus on assessing ecological factors associated with the breeding success of the Forest Owlet in the area. This will involve examining the nest site selection, nest cavity assessment, and other ecological components such as demography, movement, diet and habitat use in the study area. The Forest Owlet population in Melghat is an unstudied population. The findings from this study will contribute in developing fresh insights in factors affecting its survival in this landscape and will build on the data on overall conservation plan for the species. The study is being supported by Raptor Research and Conservation Foundation (

Project Area: Melghat Tiger Reserve is located in Amravati District of Maharashtra (www. Set amidst Satpura Hills in Central India, the Melghat landscape is breathtakingly beautiful with teak forests all along its rugged terrain. Temperature can peak to 470C in summers and dips to 50C in winters and overall the climate is pleasant climate through the year. Melghat Tiger Reserve is well known for the rich biodiversity and attracts many tourists through the year. The study will be carried out in the buffer area adjoining the Tiger Reserve.
Project Duration: Till December 2021.

Academic Qualification: Fresh graduates or Post-graduates from basic sciences, ecology and related fields. Previous experience of working in field and interest in bird ecology will be an added advantage.

Essential Qualities: We are looking forward to working with young, highly motivated and even tempered individual. The applicant needs to be physically fit to work in the rugged terrain of Melghat. Only those who can commit to work for the entire duration of the project should apply. The applicant should possess a permanent licence for 4 wheel and 2 wheel drive and should be able to drive a Marshal Jeep on forest roads. Excellent spoken and written English is essential. Ability to work independently as well as in a group and maintaining good spirit is required. Considering the duration of the project, we would encourage the applicant to pursue their Ph.D through this study. Students who have cleared the Ph.D entrance test can apply for the project. Applicant not wishing to pursue Ph.D can also apply with the commitment to work for the entire duration of the project. Fellowship offered will be commensurate with academic qualification of the applicant.

To Apply: Please write a covering email mentioning “Application for the Forest Owlet Project” in the subject and send your most recent resume including contact details of 3 referees (email and phone no.) at the earliest to Thank you.


(Posted on 11 August, 2017) 


ESI/India 41st Annual Symposium
Behavioural ecology: Responses to Changing Climate 
The 41st Annual Conference of the Ethological Society of India (ESI) and National Conference on 'Behavioural Ecology: Responses to Changing Climate' will be held on 24-25 November 2017 Katchch, Gujarat.
For more details contact:

Dr  V. V. Binoy, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies
Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore - 560 012
Ph : +917829496778; e-mail;


(Posted on 27 July, 2017) 


DragonflyIndia Meet 2017 and Indian Symposium of Odonatology


When and Where?

  • 15 September 2017 (9.00 am) to 19 September 2017 (11.00 am) at Nature’s Nest, Goa


Registration Deadline

  • 15 August 2017 (11:59 pm) IST


Registration Fees

·         Student (UG/PG/Ph.D.) – INR 4000/-

·         Professionals (Lecturer/Post Doc/Professor) and others – INR 5000/-


What Does the Registration Cost Include?

·         Food (Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks and Dinner)

·         Accommodation for 5 days and 4 nights at Nature’s Nest on sharing basis

·         Local field transport (Tambdi-Surla, Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, and Carambolim Lake)

·         Meeting Kit

·         T-shirt.

·         There is also a cool souvenir for you! If you want to book one, please add INR 200/- in the registration fees.


Overview of the Program


·         Key note talks by Dr. B. K. Tyagi, Dr. Raymond Andrew, Dr. K. A. Subramanian, and Mr. Balachandran

·         Workshop sessions (including practical) on Odonata biology by experts

·         Four field visits to understand odonates better

·         Participants’ presentations (talks and posters)

We are now accepting abstracts for the 9th Indian Symposium of Odonatology.


For details of registration and abstract submission please visit


For any other queries write to




(Posted on 25 July, 2017) 



Duration: 14th August – 30th September 2017

(Applicants can choose a minimum of 20 days within these dates)

Interns at WILD OTTERS will be trained on important research skills that will enable them to take their career to the next level. Each intern will receive individual attention and also be given the freedom to learn by experience. The progress will be regularly monitored and assessed. In addition, interns will be required to review scientific literature that will be provided to them. By the end of their internship, each intern will receive a certificate of completion.


Program overview

a. Following the tracks and signs of smooth-coated otter families

We focus on Smooth-coated otter species and we go deeper into understanding their ecology and behavior. The program involves following 3 Smooth-coated otter families in 3 different zones by looking for tracks and signs and understanding their movement patterns and adaptation in the mangroves.


b. Observations

Field observations are conducted to understand the foraging behavior of the Smooth-coated otters. Field observations involve traveling to our selected field sites and spending long hours in wait of a sighting to understand foraging behaviour. It is a key skill required to study behavior aspects in the field of wildlife and conservation.


Interns will be trained to

•       Conduct field surveys in mangroves

•       Identify Smooth-coated otter signs

•       Set up and monitor trail cameras

•       Understand and improve observation skills

•       Use GPS and related software for digital mapping

•       Analyse and sort content from trail camera data


Eligibility Criteria

•       Applicant must be 18 years of age or above

•       Have a keen interest in scientific research and field work

•       Be ready to work for long hours on field or at the base

•       Be physically fit and able to stay focused for field work in a hot/rainy and humid environment

•       Be ready to adapt to unforeseen circumstances and flexible to change

•       Have good written and spoken English

•       Have a sound knowledge of basic computer applications such as Word and Excel

•       Be ready to work in a team as well as respect individual spaces



WILD OTTERS field base, Chorao Island, Goa


Internship Fee

  • 500/- per day ( For Indian nationals )

  • 1000/-  per day ( For International applicants)

  • Fee includes

Accommodation (shared basis)

  • Basic home cooked meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Training and equipment usage charges

  • Travel expenses to the field sites

Fee does not include

  • Travel to and from the field base on your first and last day

  • Any other consumables not covered by the organisation

  • Day offs and day outs

  • Travel and other expenses during weekends

For any further questions or to apply for an internship

Applicants can apply by sending their updated CV to our Research Associate –Komal Gogi


To know more about WILD OTTERS you can visit our website Or Visit Facebook page



(Posted on 2 May, 2017) 

The PhD programme at IISER Tirupati is starting from August 2017. 

Online application form and other information are at

It involves a combination of coursework, teaching assistantship along with a major research component. IISER Tirupati admits students to its doctoral programme in Biology (includes Ecology & Evolution), Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and associated inter-disciplinary areas of research.

Students with a Master's degree in Science / Mathematics or a four-year Bacherlor degree with at least 60% marks (aggregate) are encouraged to apply to our PhD programme. In addition to the qualifying degree, we expect the students to have qualified a national examination such as CSIR-UGC NET/GATE/JEST/NBHM/JGEEBILS, etc. depending on their area of research interest. Students will be selected to the PhD programme based on their performance in the interviews, which will be conducted once eligible candidates are shortlisted. 

Eligibility criteria for the Biology programme:

  1. Minimum 60% marks in aggregate (overall percentage; not only in majoring subject) or CGPA 6 out of 10 point scale (55% or equivalent CGPA in aggregate for SC/ST and PD candidates) in Master's Degree in any branch of Science Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics/Biological Sciences/Ecology & Environmental Sciences/Agricultural Sciences/ Biodiversity/Psychology or equivalent. B.E/B.Tech/M.Tech/M.VSc or MBBS degree holders may also apply.
  2. In addition to the above criteria, the candidate must have qualified any ONE of the following exams:
    1. JGEEBILS exam.
    2. National Eligibility Test (NET) with VALID* CSIR-JRF / UGC-JRF
    4. CSIR/UGC NET-LSa* or DAE-JESTb*or GATEb* or GPATb* or NBHM in last two years
    5. INSPIRE-Ph.D. fellowship (Should be in possession of Provisional Selection Letter at the time of Interview)
    6. IISER BS-MS (All IISERs) Dual degree students and exceptional 4 year BS students (CGPA >= 7.0)

Rank/CGPA cut-offs for some of the aforementioned qualifying exams:
a*. For CSIR-LS rank-holders, up to rank 200 are eligible (date of passing should be in the previous two years).
b*. For DAE-JEST/GATE/GPAT rank-holders, up to rank 600 (GATE Life Sciences) are eligible. No cut-off for GATE Ecology.
* The scores/ranks must be valid at least till September 01 of the year of application, and the admission criteria can change next year.



(Posted on 24 April, 2017) 


A walk-in-interview will be held on 9 May, 2017 at IWST for the positions of 10 Project Assistants and on 11May,  2017 for   09 Junior Research Fellows under ICFRE/KFD/External funded projects. The engagement of the positions will be purely on temporary basis and co­terminus with the projects. The engagement shall not be treated as regular employment under ICFRE/IWST, Bangalore. The details of the projects, dates, timings and venue of interviews are available in the websites and

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(Posted on 7 April, 2017) 

Workshop on Fundamentals of Herpetology

A five day workshop on Fundamentals of Herpetology from 12 to 16 July 2017.

For more details contact on:


(Posted on 23 March, 2017) 


SCCS2017: Registrations & abstract-submission OPEN!


The Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) – Bengaluru brings together young researchers in the science and practice of biodiversity conservation. The conference facilitates interaction, encourages exchange of research ideas and methods, sharing of knowledge and experience related to conserving wildlife and helps build contacts and capacity. As a sister conference to SCCS-Cambridge, SCCS-Bengaluru focuses on attracting student participants, primarily from countries in South and South-east Asia and  Africa.


The 2017 conference will be held at the JN Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, from 21st to 24th September 2017.

Early Bird registrations and Abstract submissions are now open on our website!

Abstract submissions are open for those who want to present either a talk or a poster. Students need to register and pay the conference fee before being able to submit an abstract.
Deadline for submitting abstracts is 3 April 2017.

You can view the Conference Flyer here:

SCCS-Bengaluru is a four-day conference, where you can look forward to a host of long and short workshops (which are research focused and equip students with skills required for conservation), plenary talks by invited speakers, close to 25+ student talks and about 80 student poster presentations.
Read the 2016 report here:

We will also have sessions on 'Who's Who in Conservation' and 'Birds of a Feather' for students to learn about the work done by a diversity of academic institutions and conservation organisations, to discover work and research opportunities they offer, and to network with students and scientists working on similar issues. Based on feedback from previous years we are working towards a slightly new format for this year’s conference, so do keep a lookout for our announcements via email, our website, Facebook and Twitter.

For further information don't hesitate to contact at



(Posted on 21 Febrauary, 2017) 

M.Sc. and PhD in Wildlife Science - Amity University
Amity Institute of Wildlife Science (AIWS), Amity University Noida Campus is offering a Masters and PhD program in Wildlife Science. The official call for applications for the year 2017-2018 is out. Please check the amity university website for the application process. In the case of queries, please email the Director, AIWS. Contact details as given below.


The Director, Amity Institute of Wildlife Sciences,
Amity University Campus, Sector – 125, Noida, Uttar Pradesh,
India - 201303.                                      
Phone: +91(0)-120-4735642         Website:


(Posted on 6 Febrauary, 2017) 

 Advertisement for the Admission to XVI M.Sc. Course in Wildlife Science (2017-2019)



The Wildlife Institute of India ( is an internationally acclaimed premier national institute in providing professional and training, research and advisory services in wildlife conservation and management. The Institute invites applications from eligible Indian and foreign candidates having passion for its prestigious 2 year Master’s Degree Programme in Wildlife Science for the Year 2017-2019.

Total intake for the course is 20 students (15 Indian and 5 foreign nationals). The Institute will provide scholarships to eight Indian students based on their selection merit.  The scholarship covers academic fee, hostel accommodation fee and a monthly stipend. 

The online registration of applicants, submission of application and payment of application processing fee will open on 02 March, 2017 and close on 15 April, 2017. 

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Upto 2016-17


(Posted on 28 December, 2016) 

Recruitment of post of Scientist, Project Scientist, Research Associate at Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, Uttarakhand