WII Dehra Dun Project Tiger Research Biologist Walk INs

The Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun is a premier national autonomous Institute of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India in the field of teaching, training and research in the area of wildlife conservation and Protected Area management.

The Institute wishes to engage eight research personnel for various positions on contractual basis for the following projects and Tiger Cell: 

1) All India Assessment of Status of Tigers, Co-predators and Prey and their Habitats: Since 2006, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in collaboration with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has been conducting a National level assessment for the "Status of Tigers, Co-predators, Prey and their Habitat" every four years based on a scientific methodology approved by the Tiger Task Force 2005. The project aims at assessment of tigers, other predators, major prey species, habitat qualities and human disturbance parameters in all potential tiger occupied landscapes spread over 18 States in the country. 

2) Monitoring System for Tigers’ Intensive Protection and Ecological Status (MSTrIPES):MSTrIPES is a smart tool for adaptive management of the Tiger Reserves of India using a holistic approach by integrating ecological insights obtained through the standardized tiger, prey, and habitat assessment protocols to guide protection and management. It enables managers to assess intensity and spatial coverage of patrols in a GIS based tool. The system performs statistical computations of occupancy, precision, sample size, and assesses trends over desired time and spatial scales for tigers, other carnivores, prey populations, human impacts, illegal activities, human-wildlife conflicts and law enforcement investments. 
3) Activities of Tiger Cell:In order to achieve the goal of tiger conservation through a holistic approach based on science, the Tiger Cell (in collaboration with the National Tiger Conservation Authority – NTCA) was established at WII in April, 2016. 

The main mandates of the Cell includes:
i) periodic, country-wide assessment of tigers, co-predators, prey and their habitat; 
ii) ecological monitoring of the Tiger Reserves; 
iii) implementation of MSTrIPES in Tiger Reserves; 
iv) site appraisals and evaluation of development projects vis-à-vis tiger distribution, dispersal and corridor network; 
v) maintain National Tiger Photo Data base for controlling illegal wildlife trade related to tigers and 
vi) provide training as and when required for ecological monitoring, research and management. 

Project title: All India Assessment of Status of Tigers, Co-predators and Prey and their Habitats 

Research Biologist (5) 

B.E./B.Tech./B.Sc. or M.Sc. in Wildlife Science/Botany/Zoology/Forestry / Life Sciences/Environmental Sciences /Environmental Management/ Agricultural Sciences/Veterinary Sciences/Biotechnology/Genetics with a minimum of 55% aggregate marks from a recognized University. 

Candidate(s) with prior experience in sampling design and animal abundance estimation will be preferred. Able to do field work in harsh condition. 

25,000/- (B.E./B. Tech./M.Sc. candidates) 20,000/- (B.Sc. candidates) 

Six months 

Population estimation using camera traps, mark recapture, distance sampling and occupancy analysis. Habitat evaluation and human disturbance assessment. The research work will be carried out in different parts of India. Work will be primarily at field sites with occasional visits to the HQ at Dehradun

Project Biologist (1) 

Post graduate degree in Zoology/Life Science/Wildlife Science/Botany/Forestry/Environ mental Science with a minimum of 55% aggregate marks from a recognized university. 

Candidates having field experience in conducting ecological research and monitoring will be given preference. Experience in animal abundance estimation, analytical skills and competency in ecological software is desirable. 


One year 

The research fellow is expected to work in Tiger Landscapes in helping implement MSTrIPES in collaboration with the forest departments. The program MSTrIPES involves generating GPS based patrolling data for protecting tigers and their habitat and regular ecological status monitoring using camera traps, transect surveys, track plots and occupancy surveys. This information is then to be analyzed in a software system dedicated for this purpose to generate periodic reports to assist management and protection of Tiger Reserves

The job requires extensive traveling to forest interiors, wildlife areas and arduous terrains across India for longer durations.

Project title: Tiger Cell 

Senior Biologist (1) 

M.Sc. in Wildlife Sciences/Zoology/Botany/Life Sciences/Forestry/ Environmental Science/ Veterinary Science with a minimum of 55% aggregate marks in M.Sc. from a recognized University with at least 2 years of research experience 

Candidates with prior experience in animal abundance estimation techniques. Proficiency in using computers and good writing skill in English language. Publication record desirable. 


One year 

Field work and analysis of data on animal abundance, occupancy and habitat parameters. Work will be both at HQ in Dehradun, with several field visits to forest interiors, wildlife areas and arduous terrains across India for longer durations.

Online written examination will be conducted at respective centers on Saturday, 29th December, 2018 from 11 AM onwards. 

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