Western Ghats

Research Assistant: Seed dispersal and restoration ecology

By  Aparna Krishnan August 02 2022, 11:37 AM

Are you interested in plants, plant-animal interactions, and applied ecological research? Would you like to join a vibrant research team and work with an organisation that has been studying and restoring tropical rainforests in the Western Ghats for over two decades?

The Western Ghats programme of the Nature Conservation Foundation is hiring a Research Assistant to assist doctoral students in their research on seed dispersal and rainforest restoration ecology. The position includes a three-month probationary period and could extend up to one year. The position will be based at the Rainforest Research Station in Valparai in the Anamalai Hills, Tamil Nadu, and could involve travel to other field sites in the Western Ghats.

The selected candidate will assist doctoral researchers with:

  • Monitoring seed dispersal and vegetation in rainforest sites

  • Measuring seed traits of rainforest tree species

  • Conducting seed germination trials

Qualifications and desired capabilities


  • Prior experience with field data collection for ecological research.

  • Preparedness and enthusiasm for intensive fieldwork in rainforests.

  • A postgraduate degree with training in ecology, forestry, or wildlife science will be preferred. Strong applications from other disciplines and undergraduates will also be considered.

  • Plant identification skills, or an eagerness to learn plant identification.


  • Experience in data entry using spreadsheets.

  • Spoken communication in English and Tamil.

Salary will depend on qualifications and experience, in the range of Rs. 25,000 per month for postgraduate applicants and Rs.15,000 per month for undergraduates, as per NCF norms. Costs for project related travel and accommodation at NCF research stations will be covered by the project, while the researcher will bear their own food and personal costs.

Application Procedure

Please use this application form to upload your CV and statement of purpose (maximum: 500 words) highlighting your interests and suitability for the advertised position. Please email aparnak@ncf-india.org for any queries regarding the position.

Please apply by 15th August 2022; however, the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. The position is for Indian citizens only. Women and those from under-represented groups or disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.