Jobs at SANParks – Biodiversity Information Scientist

Website South African National Parks - SANParks

Job Description:

A vacancy exists for a Biodiversity Information Scientist for the Arid and Central Nodes of the Scientific Services division of South African National Parks (SANParks). The successful candidate will provide data management and support functions for node research focused on the arid zone and central national parks. This includes herbarium curation, data capture, management, storage and analysis, including spatial data.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop a strategy and operational plan for capturing these data sets.
  • Draft, consult and finalise reports.
  • Identify, review and analyse (if needed) SANParks’ datasets and/or data in collaboration with external researchers and open access repositories.
  • Integrate relevant data into SANParks data management processes.
  • Publish scientific papers as and where appropriate
  • Capture, manage and mobilise data from arid and central parks.
  • Conduct an inventory of datasets and their locations.

Job Requirements:

  • Good working knowledge of Geographical Information Systems.
  • Excellent project management and organisational skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills.
  • A valid driver’s license and willingness to travel to national parks across the country.
  • Good networking skills.
  • Proven experience of successfully leading the writing of scientific reviews and/or reports.

Qualification & Experience:

  • Three years of post-graduate working experience in an ecological and/or bioinformatics-related field.
  • Strong experience in manipulation, analysis and interpretation of large datasets.
  • MSc in Natural Science/Information Science or equivalent qualification.
  • Sound understanding of taxonomy and South Africa’s biodiversity datasets,

Job Details:

Company: South African National Parks – SANParks

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Kimberley, Northern Cape, SA

Application Deadline: N/A

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