KTK-BELT (www.belt-project.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the United States 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 core objective is to give a framework to local farmers to become ‘professors’ of the Vertical University in order to teach their vast indigenous knowledge to the new generation while conserving threatened species and landscapes. KTK-BELT works with non-profit cooperatives based in rural municipalities called ‘Learning Grounds.’ Each Learning Grounds, 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.
SCOPE OF WORK
Develop a landscape strategy to revive a 40-acre land parcel demonstrating wetland regeneration.
Develop a strategy for habitat restoration activities such as invasive plant removal, native plant propagation and out-planting, and shoreline cleanups
Work in collaboration with the design leads to developing a feasible strategy for restoration.
Transcription and rendering of design plans into 2d and 3d software
Develop community design and presentation packages, renderings, 3d and physical models
Produce booklets, presentations, and exhibits to enable community validation and government partnerships
Masters in wetland restoration/ landscape architecture Experience collecting data on vegetation, soils, water, and/or other environmental data Knowledge of wetland ecology and experience working in wetlands and/or riparian areas Knowledge of flora and/or wetland species. Experience with aerial photography, topographic map interpretation, and use of GPS Careful attention to detail, strong oral communication skills and crew teamwork, and strong written and organizational skills to complete lengthy field forms