KTK-BELT Project

Restoration Ecologist / Landscape Architect

KTK-BELT Project

Restoration Ecologist / Landscape Architect

KTK-BELT (www.belt-project.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the United States in 2014 to catalyze new models of biodiversity conservation and environmental learning in eastern Nepal. Its mission is to work with teachers, farmers, youth, and women to create a ‘Vertical University’ that will span from Koshi Tappu Wildlife Sanctuary (67 m.) to Kanchenjunga (8,586 m.), the third tallest peak in the world. The core objective is to give a framework to local farmers to become ‘professors’ of the Vertical University in order to teach their vast indigenous knowledge to the new generation while conserving threatened species and landscapes. 

KTK-BELT works with non-profit companies based in rural municipalities called ‘Learning Grounds.’ Each Learning Grounds, governed by a diverse local Board, owns its own biodiversity-rich conservation land base, which it holds in perpetuity in order to prevent ecosystem fragmentation and deforestation. Local BELT Youth Fellows, trained by KTK-BELT staff, run and administer the Learning Grounds. 

KTK-BELT has received a grant focused on conserving endemic plant diversity, endangered mammals, amphibians, and other species. We therefore are seeking to develop a roster of consultants and specialists within the following fields. Some of the positions may also be full-time roles. 

Botanist; 2) Other species group expert (amphibians, mammals,  birds, odonates, etc.); 3) Conservation mapping expert

KTK-BELT (www.belt-project.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the United States in 2014 to catalyze new models of biodiversity conservation and environmental learning in eastern Nepal. Its mission is to work with teachers, farmers, youth, and women to create a ‘Vertical University’ that will span from Koshi Tappu Wildlife Sanctuary (67 m.) to Kanchenjunga (8,586 m.), the third tallest peak in …

Restoration Ecologist / Landscape Architect

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Duty Station: Eastern Region 
Number of position:
Contract Duration: 1 year contract

Position and Scope of Work:

We’re looking for an expert in ecological restoration/ landscape architecture to provide us with guidance to develop the designs for several parcels of land to convert the land into an arboretum and botanical research center. 

Phase 01: Site Assessment 

  • Develop a site assessment strategy 
  • Train local youth fellows and team to document and monitor the site using GIS pro/ other apps to collect the data
  • Conduct habitat inventory of the selected land parcel to identify existing flora and fauna, in particular the existing biodiversity habitats. 
  • Survey template to identify the problem areas, threats and degradation issues
  • Evaluate soil conditions for the restoration work 
  • Compile, analyze, and map geographic data
  • Travel to the field site and coordinate with various stakeholders to assess and acquire data from the site.  
  • Provide a comprehensive report along with maps that outline the existing biological conditions of the site. 

Phase 02: Developing a restoration strategy 

  • Based on the collected data, analysis and resources available develop a restoration strategy In consultation with the KTK team. This should include, restoration goals, objectives, target species
  • Redefine specific, measurable, agreed-upon, realistic, and timebound restoration goals after the review of initial assessment data and set achievable milestones. 
  • Develop a list of indicators for monitoring and evaluation purposes in collaboration with the KTK-BELT team. 
  • Providing recommendation for problematic soil conditions on existing sites. 
  • Identify the restoration actions that need to be undertaken to reach the desired state. 
  • Draft a design and implementation plan, prepare draft budget and workplan for the restoration strategy in collaboration with the field team and design team
  • Draft an overview of the yearly work plan for restoration
  • Provide detailed feedback to the design team to incorporate the landscape and architectural design into the restoration strategy
  • Develop a comprehensive landscape plan in collaboration with the KTK-BELT team using maps 

Phase 03: Implementation of the restoration strategy

  • Monthly monitoring of outputs and outcomes 
  • Monthly review of the monitoring of habitat survey 
  • Monthly meeting with the team and fellows to review the tasks 

Deliverables:

  • Site assessment report outlining the following:

  1. Methodology for ongoing data collection and biodiversity monitoring surveys 
  2. Survey template using kobo or offline tools to gather the data 
  3. Existing site conditions, problems, and threats
  4. Habitat inventory 

  • GIS maps showcasing the current state of the land with the mapping of the flora, fauna, water layers and other site conditions 
  • Restoration strategy outlining the following: 

  1. Restoration goals and target species profiles
  2. Timeframe of the restoration goal outlining the phasing of the project over the course of the next 3-5 years from foundation phase to advanced ecosystem stage 
  3. Restoration methods and strategies, work plan and phasing 
  4. Approximate budget and a workplan 
  5. Recommendations to the landscape and architecture design team for the developing of the schematic and detailed design landscape plans. 

Desired qualifications: 

  • M.S or equivalent work experience in restoration ecology, landscape architecture or natural resource science or related science and 
  • 5-10 years of appropriate work experience.
  • Successful candidates must be willing to travel and work in Nepal 
  • Spatial data analysis and mapping. 
  • Interacts effectively with people in all areas of the company. 
  • Strong analytical ability to assess complex situations and apply problem solving strategies. 
  • Ability to apply logical thinking and sound judgment to a wide range of practical problems. 
  • Excellent communication; written, oral and group facilitation in sharing biological findings. 
  • Work well under pressure in order to meet multiple, and sometimes, competing deadlines. ment or restoration. 
  • General understanding and experience with GPS/GIS applications required. 

Duty Station: Field position in Eastern Region of Nepal 

Timing: 

  • The initial contract shall be for three months on a probationary/ trial basis and extended upon successful completion to a longer duration based on both project funding and performance of the candidate. 

Applying Procedure

Selection Criteria:

We highly encourage minority applicants to apply including those who identify as women and indigenous community members/ minority caste groups. Internal candidates, particularly fellows from our catchment areas will be given the first priority. 

We reserve the right to not hire for this position or to postpone the start date based on project funding. The initial trial period will be only for three months.

Application:

Please follow instructions in this link to upload your application: https://www.ondemandassessment.com/link/index/JB-1JQQNW2WR?u=1017749

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