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Suranga from Sri Lanka applies for Blue Card Netherlands

Biologists, botanists, zoologists and related professionals

Personal data:

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Profession:

Name of profession: Biologists, botanists, zoologists and related professionals Name of latest business sector: Research Latest occupation/title: Research Officer Latest main activities: Wildlife Research, All the hi-tech camera trapping, working with scientific field Technics.

Education:

Completed education: bachelor Title or Qualification: B.Sc Specialisation: Environmental Science Additional trainings: Diploma in Business Management

Preferred countries:

1. Preferred country | region / city: Netherlands | 2. Preferred country | region / city: France | 3. Preferred country | region / city: Germany |

Language skills:

1. Language skills: english => excellent 2. Language skills: 3. Language skills: Tamil => reasonable

Personal note /detailed application:

Dear Sir,

I am Suranga Chanaka Kumara who has completed my undergraduate studies on environmental science and natural resources management from University of Sabaragamuwa in Sri Lanka. Environmental Science and Natural Resources Management degree is a four year special degree program, which contains conservation biology, environmental science, geology as major areas. I was also followed diploma in Heritage Television Network in Sri Lanka on media presentation and narration to promote conservation biology among the general public.

After completion of my degree, I have been working in the Wilderness and Wildlife Conservation Trust Sri Lanka (www.wwct.org ) as a Research Assistant since 2009. I have been conducting field data collection under the principal investigators namely, Andrew Kittle and Anjali Watson. Main areas of my work are included, island wide collection of field data on leopards through camera trapping, ground surveys and community interviews. The Major objective of this research work is to determine the ecology and distribution of Sri Lankan leopard.

In addition to the work in the Wilderness and Wildlife Conservation Trust of Sri Lanka, I have been volunteering with many organizations to conduct activities related to environmental conservation in Sri Lanka. I have been a regular member of the bird ringing and awareness programs conducted by the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka. My academic and field knowledge of conservation biology has been shared as a resource person in the training programs conducted for the officials of the Department of Wildlife Conservation. I was a resource person for countless school awareness to promote the biodiversity conservation, with special emphasis on leopards. I have been volunteering to promote the biodiversity conservation in the training programs conducted in the Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research - WICPER.


As a junior researcher, attached to the Wilderness and Wildlife Conservation Trust of Sri Lanka (www.wwct.org) and volunteering other leading environmental organizations in Sri Lanka helped me to understand the deep environmental issues related to species and habitats and value of scientific information for addressing conservation issues.
After the completion of three years with the Wilderness and Wildlife Conservation Trust of Sri Lanka I joined a Sri Lankan government organization named, Waste Management Authority (Western Province) as a Development officer for a six month period. I had a good opportunity to work with the waste management practices performing in Western Province, Sri Lanka such as, waste segregation, Recycling, Reusing, Composting, and worked with all the local authorities in order to implement the waste management practices.
Having completed the contract with the Waste Management Authority I joined the Environmental Foundation Limited Sri Lanka (www.efl.lk) as a Fauna Ecologist. At present I’m working there and doing a research on the Leopards in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka using camera traps and several scientific field techniques.
The past few years since my graduation has been very rewarding and eager to apply for a professional career to increase my contribution to the environmental conservatio. I strongly believe that work in Europe will enhance my distinctive background for valuable contribution for future conservation programs and will be a good exposure for my career life.

I would appreciate if you could let me know the opportunities that are available related to the Environmental Science field in your country.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

P. H. Suranga Chanka Kumara



PROFILE
A determined, innovative, self-motivated, research minded and result oriented individual. I strongly believe in my capacity to learn and in my ability of being a team player achieving goals while motivating others.


EDUCATION
University Education: Faculty of Applied Sciences
Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka

Degree:
B.Sc. (Applied Sciences) in Environmental Science and Natural Resources Management (Special) With a Second class (lower division) pass.

Major Subject Area:
• Conservation Biology

• Environmental Sciences

• Earth Sciences


WORK EXPERINCE
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1. Research Officer May 2009 – May 2012

The Wilderness and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Sri Lanka

• All fieldwork including camera trapping, scat collection, presence/absence surveys, distribution surveys, conflict situation, mapping and general biodiversity surveys at all study sites that the WWCT active in throughout Sri Lanka.
• Laboratory work and storage of all data collected as needed in keeping with protocol methods.
• Assisting in creation and dissemination of all awareness programs undertaken by the WWCT.
• Data collection, collation and proper book keeping of all data according to standard protocol.
• Other work as may arise from a variety of situations in accordance with the WWCT’s mandate.
• Accounting of all expenses according to standard procedures.



2. Development Officer June 2012 – Dec 2012

Waste Management Authority- Western Province


3. Researcher Dec 2012 – to date

Environmental Foundation Limited




VOLUNTEER WORK
• Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research (WICPER).
Participated as a resource person in “Training For Trusteeship” workshops organized by WICPER.
• Department of Wildlife Conservation Sri Lanka
Participated as a resources person in the awareness programs for school students, organized by the Rawana Ella wildlife range office, Central Region, Department of Wildlife Conservation Sri Lanka.
• Field Ornithology Group Of Sri Lanka (FOGSL)
An active member of FOGSL and participated as a volunteer for the annual bird ringing programs in past few years.



Research and Publications
International
• ANDREW M. KITTLE, ANJALI C. WATSON, P. H. CHANAKA KUMARA, AND, H. K. NIMALKA SANJEEWANI, (2012) Status and distribution of the leopard in the central hills of Sri Lanka. Cat News, No 56 Spring 2012. 28- 31pp


Local
• De Alwis,C., Rajapakshe, Sarath S., Kudavidanage,E.P., Kumara,S.C., Sumanasekara,V.D.W. (2009) Diversity of Butterflies of Lowland Sinharaja. First National Symposium on Natural Resources Management NRM 2009, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. 54p


• B. Sc. Thesis in Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management:
A study of the Food Habits of the Leopard in selected habitats in the upcountry wet zone of Sri Lanka


TECHNICAL SKILLS

• Use and maintenance of Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

• Proficiency of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Arc View, Arc GIS,
Photoshop and Statistical application (MINTAB) computer programs.



Awards & Honors
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• Won the First Prize in the Essay Competition "Environmental Conservation, Development and Youth Participation" organized by the Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research (WICPER) in 2009.





PERSONAL DETAIL
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• Name in full : Poramba Hewage Suranga Chanaka Kumara
• Date of birth : 31st – May- 1981
• Age : 31 years
• Gender : Male
• NIC No : 811520667V
• Civil status : Married
• Nationality : Sri Lankan










NON RELATED REFEREES
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Dr. A.L. Thilak Hewawasam, Senior lecturer, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Belihuloya, Sri Lanka.
Telephone - 0714453418 / 0452280293

Prof. S.W. Kotagama, Professor in environmental science, Department of Zoology, University of Colombo, Colombo - 03, Sri Lanka.
Telephone – 0112501332



I hereby declare that the above particulars mentioned are true ad accurate to the best of my knowledge.

Suranga Chanaka Kumara
 

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