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KTK-BELT ( is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established 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 idea is to give a framework to local farmers to become ‘professors’ of the Vertical University, to share their indigenous knowledge while conserving threatened species and landscapes.

Current vacancy :

Conservation Program Officer

Job Location: Eastern Region of Nepal and Kathmandu

No. of Vacancy: 1

Educational Qualification:

  • Masters or PhD in natural resource resources management, botany, ecology, biodiversity, plant sciences, or related fields

Job Description:

DUTY STATION: Eastern Region of Nepal (75%) and Kathmandu (25%)

KTK-BELT and the Rainforest Trust are partnering to create new Conservation Areas in the eastern region of Nepal. The new Conservation Areas will expand existing protected areas, safeguarding endangered species on the IUCN Red List. KTK-BELT is building the team of scientists, project managers, thematic experts, community mobilizers, and youth fellows, to work at multiple levels to achieve necessary results.

The incumbent will be responsible for the overall development, coordination, and management of the creation of the new Conservation Areas, under the direction and supervision of the Project Directors, including outreach, implementing annual plans, and ensuring timely delivery of the project milestones, outputs, and outcomes.


  • Minimum of 3-5 years experience in biodiversity and habitat conservation, and/or environmental advocacy and/or natural resources management (NRM)
  • Extensive knowledge of National Protected Areas in Nepal and the process for establishment of new PAs
  • Ability to understand and share technical/scientific issues with diverse audiences
  • Advanced knowledge of scientific, technical, or policy issues in the conservation discipline
  • Extensive knowledge of Himalayan flora and fauna under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • Knowledge of research methods and analytical procedures to design plant community ecology/vegetation projects, manage data, analyze and interpret results
  • Knowledge of land management conservation practice and conservation science
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation
  • Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s)
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with biologists, conservation professionals, and resource managers of varying technical levels and with technical and scientific staff
  • Demonstrated passion and enthusiasm for the conservation of species and habitats
  • Energetic, hard-working, self-directed, and able to take direction and work in complex teams to achieve difficult policy objectives


Conservation Program Coordination

  • Coordinate scientific and technical research related to establishment of new PAs in the eastern region
  • Define and communicate the governmental process for establishment of new PAs
  • Enumerate the key species in the region, with an emphasis on IUCN Red List Species, as well as unique and important habitats in the proposed regions that warrant PA status
  • Lead literature review and secondary sources research process
  • Help identify relevant case studies and create presentations to communicate to various technical and non-technical audiences

Strategic Planning and Management

  • Under the direction of the Project Co-Directors, prepare the annual work plan and budget and manage youth fellows and community mobilizers on the ground
  • Organize necessary meetings/seminars with conservation leaders, policy actors and local stakeholders
  • Coordinate the planning, budgeting, implementation, and quarterly reporting to donor agencies
  • Ensure the integration of relevant scientific studies into the project direction

Applications must be received by August 15, 2017. The position will be filled by September 1, 2017 and will be for an initial three-month trial term, with possibility of extension contingent on performance and funding.

Dependent on qualifications and experience and limited by allocation from the project funder. 

The initial contract is for a six-month term with one-month trial basis. Please submit your cover letter, CV, 3 work samples and 3 references with a range for salary expectations to including the position title in the subject heading of your email.


The deadline to apply for the above position/s is 24:00 hrs, July 29, 2017.

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