Fish Welfare Initiative
Our Data Collectors are the life force of FWI's farmer programs in India—they regularly monitor farm conditions and serve as the main point of contact between our team and farmers.
As an FWI Data Collector, you will be part of a fast-paced, diverse, international team and have significant opportunities to grow in your science-based and livelihood-supporting career.
Because our Data Collectors work regularly and closely with farmers in our field sites, we are seeking only Telugu-speaking Indian nationals who are willing to live in rural communities in Andhra Pradesh.
For more information, see below.
Who We Are
Fish Welfare Initiative (FWI) is a relatively new, ACE-recommended organization whose mission is to improve the welfare of fishes as much as possible. We focus specifically on farmed fishes, or fishes raised in aquaculture. We work primarily in the Nellore and West Goadvari districts in Andhra Pradesh.
As part of our Alliance for Responsible Aquaculture (ARA), we work with around 80 fish farms. Through this program, we estimate that we have already improved the lives of 1.13 million fishes, though we intend to have a much greater impact in the coming years. Learn more about our plans and our organization in our blog.
The Data Collector Role
The Data Collector will:
Collect and enter data.
Build and maintain strong farmer relationships.
Assist with experiments and other projects where needed.
Regularly articulate the benefits and value of animal welfare in aquaculture.
As a Data Collector, you will be one of the primary contact persons for our ARA farmers and responsible for regular water quality measurements at their pond. As such, you will be an integral part of the ARA team and significantly contribute to the success of our program.
For an example of a Data Collector's responsibilities, see this job description.
Who Should Apply?
We encourage anyone to apply regardless of their degree qualifications. We especially encourage you to apply if you have previous fieldwork experience, ideally in remote Indian communities.
Excited to work extensively in the field (with early mornings being the norm).
Willing to live in rural communities in Andhra Pradesh.
Fluent in Telugu.
Ideally, you have all of the following characteristics, although we encourage you to apply even if you only have some of them:
Previous experience with scientific equipment.
Previous experience with fieldwork.
Previous experience with data entry.
Previous experience with aquaculture or animal protection.
Previous experience working with farmers.
If you are interested in a more managerial field role, we encourage you to review the Field Manager application.
You will be based in one of our programming villages in Andhra Pradesh. These are rural, remote communities. For example, current program coordinators live in Indukurpet in the Nellore district and Mudipalli in the West Godavari district.
Salary: 15,000–25,000 INR/month.
Position Status: Part-time or Full-time.
Benefits: Health insurance, Provident Fund, 30 days paid leave every year.
Start Date: ASAP.
Since we have a continuous need for talented individuals to join us in the field, we keep our Data Collector applications open year-round.
As of November 17, 2023, we are not expecting to hire further Data Collectors until the end of the year. We may seek to fill one position in the first half of 2024. You can apply now and we will keep your application on file for 2024.