What employment sector do you work in?
How long have you had a green job for nature?
Please describe the work that you do.
I am wildlife researcher working in Kaziranga- Karbi Anglong Landscape, Assam, India. I was involved in handling community participation in conservation, by enhancing the supplementary livelihood of the fringe villagers to reduce their dependency on the protected area. Currently I am working on tiger dispersal corridors and development of a conflict mitigation plan in the landscape.
What do you most like about your job? Any dislikes?
It has a broader perspective of conservation-based livelihood approach. Apart from protecting and conserving wildlife, it also emphasizes the well-being and perception of the people towards wildlife.
What inspired you into this career?
My love and care towards wildlife since childhood.
Have you faced any challenges in progressing your career so far?
Yes, there are many challenges. Firstly, to be very frank we always face a financial crunch in the field. There is lack of career and financial security which diminishes the courage to step ahead.
What education/training did you have?
I am a postgraduate in Zoology with a specialisation in Animal Ecology and Wildlife Biology.
What advice would you give to someone coming into the profession?
If you want to give something back to nature and you are ready to leave behind a life with all the luxuries, this is the right platform to go ahead.