SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL PARKS – SANPARKS

HERBIVORE – PLANT ECOLOGY
Park: Groenkloof (Head Office)


Description:
A position is available for a Scientist in the Arid & Central Research Unit to provide science and management support to the parks through research and monitoring according to adaptive management principles. The primary area of responsibility will be in the arid and central parks, but the incumbent will be expected to work across all parks as and when required. The incumbent will be responsible for undertaking research and monitoring within the parks focusing on herbivore-plant interactions and restoration of degraded areas. The incumbent will be expected to work in conjunction with other SANParks scientists and park management; interpreting and communicating research and monitoring findings and their implications for the benefit of park management and other stakeholders; facilitating research by external scientists; facilitating knowledge and data transfer between scientists and managers; compiling and promoting the development and implementation of science-based management plans and approaches.

The remuneration package includes a basic salary, based on the salary scale of a position with the Paterson D3 job grade, and allowances and benefits as specified in the HR Tariff Document and Conditions of Service of SANParks. The incumbent will be based in Scientific Services, Kimberley Office.

Requirements:
Preferably PhD in an appropriate conservation-oriented field.
A minimum of 3 – 5 years of relevant research, monitoring and/or applied science-management experience.
Sound knowledge of, and background in ecosystem research, monitoring and management, including in-depth knowledge of conservation practices and principles with an emphasis on adaptive management approaches.
The ability to integrate knowledge and communicate across the science-management interface.
A demonstrated ability to forge partnerships and work as part of a team with other researchers and conservation managers in support of park management plans and conservation decisions.
Proven excellent written and oral communication skills and ability, including scientific publications.
Computer literacy with a high level of competency with MS Office products as well as good knowledge of databases and basic GIS competency (advanced GIS and remote sensing experience will be an added advantage).
Ability and enthusiasm to travel extensively in the region, spending nights away from home and occasionally travel on weekends.
A valid driver’s license.

Responsibilities:
Undertake research and monitoring on animal spatial use, and the interactions between plants, animals and the ecosystem
Undertake long term vegetation change using in situ and ex situ approaches in ecological science
Together with SANParks discipline scientists, interpret research and monitoring findings, evaluate the practical implications thereof and communicate this to the relevant scientific and management stakeholders, while broadening access to information through focused dissemination strategies (i.e. conferences, internal reports, peer-reviewed articles etc.).
Coordinate internal and external research projects undertaken within national parks.
Facilitate the implementation of adaptive management principles in support of the park management plans.
Provide an essential support link and communication channel to park management and other stakeholders renew research and monitoring findings.
Keep abreast of current scientific thinking and pursue appropriate academic development and growth to maintain scientific credibility and recognition.
Provide mentoring support to junior scientists and biotechnicians through supervision and transfer of skills.
Work planning and scheduling, budget control, and providing general administration support to the Arid & Central Research Unit.
Represent SANParks in international and national forums, including working groups, conferences and advisory committees.


Enquiries: Ernest Daemane (053 802 1914)/083 6431 815
To apply, e-mail your application accompanied by a CV and certified copies of your qualifications to Jacqueline.jacobus@sanparks.org

Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Candidates who have not been contacted within 14 days of the closing date may consider their applications as unsuccessful.

SANParks is committed to the principles of employment equity. Preference will be given to PDI / HDSA.

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