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25 September, 2019

Traineeship opportunity on Nepal Raptor Conservation Program (for migration count of raptors)

Raptors are highly mobile predatory birds; large numbers migrate from their breeding ground to the wintering areas in autumn and vice versa in spring. Monitoring of regional populations from the migration corridor is a very effective method to assess population trends for a number of migratory species. In Nepal Thoolakharka at Annapurna Rural Municipality of Kaski district is recognized as a globally significant sites from there >30 species of migratory raptors (majority are Steppe Eagles Aquila nipalensis nipalensis) migrate east to west following the Himalayan Mountains.

Since 2012, we have established annual autumn migration count of raptors at Thoolakharka watch site (aka Australian Camp) – approximately 30 km nowth-west from Pokhara. This year we aim to invite two trainees who has keen interest on raptor research and conservation. This traineeship provides hands-on training, work, and field experiences for individuals committed to develop career in raptor ecology and conservation. Raptor experts from Nepal and internationally will provide trainings on research techniques focus on migratory raptors, this include counting of migratory raptors, trapping techniques and use of GPS telemetry etc.

Workstation and Facility

The migration count will be conducted from 15 Oct and continued until 15 December at Thoolakharka watch site based on Australian Camp. Our workstation is only 2 minute working distance from the accommodation facility. Trainees will be provided sharing room for the accommodation and three meals each day. Additionally we will provide total stipend of NRS 20,000/trainee (for the entire period after the completion of program).

Work Responsibilities

Trainees should be committed to work hard in the extreme climatic conditions (extreme heat or cold fronts) and continuously for a long period (07:00 am to 5:00 pm). Trainees work shoulder-to-shoulder with professional mentors and he/she is responsible to assist the principal counter for daily flight interpretation, counting/recording, data management, educating and interacting with number of national and international visitor, school students and local people.

Number of Positions Available

Total two positions are available for this year.


Open to undergraduate and graduate students in Zoology, Environmental Science and other related subjects. Applicant should be committed to continue career in the conservation filed (highly encouraged raptor research and conservation). This year raptor migration period overlaps with one of the main Nepalese festival (Tihar or Depawali), so applicant should be committed not to take break for this period. Applicant familiar with Birds of Prey, having their optical equipment (own binoculars) or from the local area will have additional advantage.

Interested candidates are requested to send their recent CV (no more than 2 pages) before 04 October 2019 to stating career plans in 250 words or less (Why do you want to be a part of Nepal Raptor Conservation Program?, What is your career goal?) following a traineeship in raptor migration.

Only most appropriate candidates will be contacted.