Botanist/Plant Taxonomist Top Level

Location: Eastern Region of Nepal
Salary: Negotiable
Posted Date: 2017-03-29 Deadline: 2017-04-07
  • Nos. of Opening : 1
  • Location : Eastern Region of Nepal
  • Working Position : Top Level
  • Qualification Degree : B.Sc. or PhD in Botanical Sciences, Ecology, Natural Resource Management, or related topic
  • Salary : Negotiable
  • Category : NGO / INGO / Social work
  • Nature : Full Time
Job Description


The incumbent will be responsible for collecting plant data that will contribute to the creation of a geo-referenced biodiversity inventory/portal to build the science case for new protected area delineation. The incumbent will be responsible for helping delineate local species conservation priorities and link them to national and global priorities, help identify and map critical hotspots based on technical criteria. S/he will lead technical staff and youth fellows in plant collection exercises and train them in cataloguing specimens, data entry and other protocols.  S/he will help build the taxonomic team for KTK-BELT’s biological inventory work and advise on strategic hires that are necessary.


  • Catalog specimens using taxonomic standards
  • Digitize herbarium specimens by geo-referencing and entering data according to protocol
  • Organize citizen science workshops and sampling expeditions
  • Set up a research stations for plant research
  • Establish an herbarium

Job Specification


  • B.Sc. or PhD in Botanical Sciences, Ecology, Natural Resource Management, or related topic
  • Strong knowledge of using dichotomous botanical keys and field guides and deep familiarity with the major angiosperm plant families.
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying and keying out plants of the Himalayan region
  • Experience with herbarium curation and seed bank development
  • Past experience in plant collection and biological inventories required
  • Authorship of articles and papers on Himalayan taxa
  • Expertise in plant family groups represented in the Himalayas preferred
  • Experience in related fieldwork and surveys with an emphasis on wildlife in the Himalayan region

Apply Instructions

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.

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Organization Summary


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.


KTK-BELT works with non-profit cooperatives called ‘Learning Grounds.’ Each Learning Ground, 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 is working with the Rainforest Trust to create new Conservation Areas in the eastern region of Nepal. The new Conservation Area will help expand protected areas, safeguarding endangered species on the IUCN Red List. To achieve this, KTK-BELT is building a team of project managers, thematic experts, community mobilizers, and youth fellows, to work at both the community level and at the advocacy level.

Industry Type NGO / INGO / Social Work
Location Tara gaon museum, Baudha Tusal
Organization Size 20-50
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