Environmental Biologist

Plant Ecologist

Animal Ecologist

Minimum M. Sc. in Forestry/Botany / Zoology

Not required

The tasks an Ecologist is expected to perform include:

Studying effects of environmental influence on growth, development, distribution, etc. of plant and animal life

Undertaking field trips to study plants or animals in their natural habitat

Observing environmental influence such as temperature, rainfall, altitude, etc. and their effect on plant or animal growth and development

Classifying drought resistant areas, and type of fodder and pastures suitable for those areas

Propagating or introducing special varieties of plant, grass, weed, etc. to suit local climatic conditions

Running experimental farms or laboratories under natural and artificial conditions

Watching effect of climatic condition on crops, plants and animals

Studying geographical distribution of different species and genera of Indian flora

Studying role of plants as indication of special kind of soils and chemicals

Conducting research on suitable plants from different parts of India or from similar climates outside India for regeneration of swamps and deserts

Knowledge of environmental policies and legislation

In-depth knowledge of environmental biology

Skilled in clinical and laboratory techniques

Knowledge of flora and fauna of India

Knowledge of current developments and technologies

Knowledge of different vegetation and habitats

Knowledge of scientific methods for conducting wildlife and vegetation/habitat surveys

Familiar with taxonomic methods

Knowledge of techniques and instruments used in botany

Basic knowledge of remote sensing

In-depth knowledge of plant biochemistry, plant physiology, plant molecular biology and plant genetic engineering

Not applicable




Ability to work independently


Good communication skills

Good analytical skills

It is not a desk job

Need to handle a team of junior ecologists

Local travelling maybe a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Companies usually work for 5/6 days a week and 9/10 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?No

The job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

Occupational hazards include stress on eyes, mental and physical strain, joint pains, etc., if not taken care of

For freshers -INR8,000 toINR12,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Market Trends of Life Sciences Sector in India

Life Sciences industry in India is among the fastest growing ones all around the world. Science in India is on the move in a big way. The government has initiated multibillion dollar investments to kick start research, education, and innovation. In early 2013, India's government announced an ambitious science, technology, and innovation funding protocol. In the next five years, the aim is to double its investment in science and technology and, by 2020, drive India's output of scientific publications to be among the top five nations globally. With the increase in funding and rapidly expanding of institutions, opportunities are becoming more readily available for scientists who want to work in India.

Various schemes by the government of India has enabled the youth to opt for such professions. Also, increasing awareness and need for conservation of wildlife makes Ecologist a great career option. The future for these professionals seems very bright in India as well as abroad. They are required in a number of sectors today and job opportunities for an Ecologist are only going to rise in coming years.

Research organizations

Forest departments

Agricultural research departments

Department of Environmental Affairs

Cities and towns across India

Will be updated

Government universities/colleges

Private universities/colleges

Will be updated