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Opening for Horticulture Specialist

Date Posted: 9-2-2011
Location: Palanpur, Gujarat, India
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Society for Integrated Land and Water Management (SOFILWM) wishes to hire services of a Horticulturist to join our sustainable groundwater management initiatives for north Gujarat and western Rajasthan.
Organisation: Society for Integrated Land and Water Management (SOFILWM) is a non-profit organization working on groundwater management in arid and semi arid regions of India. It works towards evolving and implementing economically viable and ecologically sustainable local solutions for groundwater management, and has ongoing action-research and field programmes in north Gujarat and west Rajasthan with support from Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust (NRTT), Mumbai. Its main office is located in Palanpur, Gujarat, India. (www.sofilwm.org)
Horticulture Specialist: He/She would be responsible for providing timely advices to the Project Management Unit, the partners NGOs and the farmers on Good Agriculture Practices like fruiting patterns, pruning, disease and pest control, fertigation schedule etc. for high valued vegetable and orchard crops like pomegranate, water melon, chilli, capsicum and papaya etc. He/She is also expected to develop/introduce new crops suitable for arid and semi arid region under field conditions or under protected climatic conditions through high-tech Green Houses/ Net Houses.
Desired Profile: An ideal person would be a postgraduate in Horticulture or allied stream with 2 to 5 years of relevant experience.
General Instructions:

1. This position is purely on contract basis for one or two years and extendable on satisfactory performance till the project length.
2. Position required intensive travelling to the area of its operation i.e. villages of north Gujarat and Rajasthan.
3. Salary (range 18-25 thousand/ month in hand) and other benefits (Travel & Food Allowances, Telephone Expenses, Family Medical Insurance and Personal Computer) as per institutions norms. Deserving candidates may be offered higher start.
4. Excellent analytical, communication (written and oral) and computer skills.

How to Apply: The application should include an up-to-date resume/CV, a recent passport size Photograph, names and addresses (including e-mail) of two references and a statement of the special qualifications for the position. Please send applications stating the job title clearly, by E-mail (preferred) to career@sofilwm.org or by post to Society for Integrated Land and Water Management, 23 - Shantineketan Society, Palanpur-285001, Gujarat, India on or, before February 15, 2011. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Salary: 18-25 thousand/ month in hand


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