National Parks Vacancies – Freshwater & Estuarine Systems

Website South African National Parks - SANParks

Job Description:

A vacancy exists for a freshwater and estuarine knowledge collation scientist in the Scientific Services division of South African National Parks (SANParks). The successful candidate will locate, review and synthesise existing literature (peer-reviewed and grey) and important findings from ongoing research (by SANParks and external researchers) across parks to produce various ‘State of Knowledge’ reports for freshwater and estuarine systems. The incumbent will be based in the Garden Route & Frontier Research Unit, working out of our offices in either Knysna or Sedgefield. S/he will work closely with SANParks scientists and managers on this critical project. The incumbent should be highly motivated and able to work independently, have a demonstrated track record in information synthesis, and have very strong scientific writing skills and experience. S/he will join a dynamic group of scientists and must be a team player, able to integrate diverse information to produce knowledge for applied management needs.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Identify, review and analyse (if needed) SANParks’Â datasets and/or other data from open access repositories and/or in conjunction with external research collaborators
  • Where appropriate, publish in relevant scientific journals
  • Plan report content through end-user consultation.
  • Draft, consult on and finalise internal state of knowledge science reports.
  • Identify, collate and review diverse knowledge forms relevant to freshwater and estuarine systems in SANParks.

Job Requirements:

  • Excellent project management and organisational skills.
  • Excellent networking and collaboration skills.
  • Excellent data analysis and interpretation skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills.
  • A valid driver’s licence and willingness to travel to national parks across the country.
  • Experience working in freshwater and estuarine social-ecological systems.
  • Proven experience in successfully leading the writing of scientific reviews and reports.
  • At least three years of post-graduate working experience in an ecological field Sound knowledge and understanding of the diversity and functioning of freshwater and estuarine ecosystems in South Africa.
  • At least an MSc in the appropriate Natural Science field.

Job Details:

Company: South African National Parks – SANParks

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: George, Western Cape, SA

Application Deadline: N/A

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