Wetland Conservation Specialist / Wetland Biologist Consultant
KTK-BELT Project

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 cooperatives 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.

Wetland Conservation Specialist / Wetland Biologist Consultant

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Project Overview:

KTK-BELT, in partnership with local partners, is seeking to conserve wetlands and safeguard the habitats for threatened flora and fauna in different regions of eastern Nepal. The project area comprises the tropical wetlands in Koshi Tappu region, upper tropical/lower subtropical wetlands in Dhankuta and high elevation wetlands of Taplejung and Sankhuwasabha. 

 Position and Scope of the Work: 

KTK-BELT seeks an experienced Wetland Conservation Specialist for wetland conservation and management in eastern Nepal. The specialist will become part of a cohort of conservationists and other scientific professionals and will collaborate closely with the local youth fellows and community members to develop a Wetland Conservation and Management Plan for the Vertical University project, and then deliver conservation objectives identified under the plan.  The incumbent will also collaborate with local farmers, youth, women, and Community Forest User Groups (CFUGs), to encourage locals in conservation programs in eastern Nepal.  

Scope of the Work: 

  • Lead KTK-BELT’s Wetland Conservation Program which includes a feasibility study, wetland survey, and mapping, establishing restoration goals and objectives for wetland conservation and management. 
  • Design and implement strategies for wetlands conservation in different climatic zones where we work from Koshi Tappu to the Kanchenjunga region
  • Collaborate with local staff, farmers, and KTK-BELT team to plan, implement and disseminate technical support and programmatic progress
  • Develop plans for suitable restoration activities
  • Identify innovative livelihood opportunities linked with wetland conservation
  • Assist with wetland related grant writing and fundraising activities
  • Assist with report writing and donor communication
  • Integrate wetland biodiversity conservation values into national policy and planning framework 
  • Strengthen institutional technical capacity for wetland conservation and sustainable use of wetland resources 


  • Wetland Specialist must have a minimum of a Master of Science degree in a Natural Resources Management, Wetland Management, and Forestry, Environment Science or any other related field
  • Minimum 3 years of progressive experience specifically in wetland conservation and management a must. Professionals with a working knowledge of wetland ecology, shallow lake ecology, wetland functioning, values, and ecosystem services will be an advantage along with sound familiarity in relevant national and international policies
  • Understanding of various socio-economic, biological, technical and ecological aspects of wetland conservation in tropical to alpine regions of Nepal
  • Prior work experience and familiarity within RAMSAR sites of Nepal a distinct advantage
  • Sound knowledge of Nepal’s Ramsar sites, respective policies, local and regional environmental issues, and private and public stakeholders an advantage
  • Having worked on previous feasibility studies for creating new RAMSAR Sites is a major advantage
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to adapt in multicultural team members, and different projects sites
  • S/he should also possess zero tolerance towards cultural, gender, religion, and racial biases.
  • Strong research and writing skills demonstrated through publication history
  • Good physical fitness and an ability to do field work in harsh, rugger environments a must

Women, underprivileged community members, and indigenous minorities are highly strongly encouraged to apply

Duration, Start Date & Duty Station: 6 months contract, start date Fall 2019. Eastern Region.

Renumeration: Commensurate with experience

Applying Procedure

Please submit a one-page cover letter, updated CV, the name, phone number and email addresses for 3 references, and 2 writing samples.  Please submit your application materials by email to [email protected] Deadline to apply: Sunday, September 1, 2019 

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