SANParks Vacancies 2023 – Visual Data Scientist

Website South African National Parks - SANParks

Job Description:

A vacancy exists for a Visual data scientist in the Scientific Services division of South African National Parks (SANParks). The successful candidate will apply a suitable system for managing visual records, including capturing, storing, managing and analysing image datasets, such as baited remote underwater videos (BRUVs), images from camera traps, remote sensing imagery and drone imagery, across all parks and nodes. The position will include the rescue and collation of potentially vast biodiversity and habitat information resources to set up opportunities for interpretation and analysis of trends over decades. There is some flexibility in the final placement of the successful candidate, depending on their particular skills and preference

Job Responsibilities:

  • Store, manage and mobilise visual datasets
  • Develop and mobilise a strategy for documenting and storing SANParks visual data
  • Conduct visual data capture, collation, interpretation and analysis
  • Conduct an inventory of visual datasets, including BRUV and camera trap data, and their locations
  • Develop a strategy and operational plan for capturing, managing and sharing these data

Job Requirements:

  • Capable of writing code for detecting biological trends such as species abundance, occurrence, habitat preference and activity patterns from photographs and videos.
  • Good working knowledge of GIS
  • Excellent project management and organisational skills
  • Excellent knowledge and experience in visual data management.
  • Strong experience in manipulation and analysis of large visual datasets from different sources
  • A valid driver’s licence and willingness to travel to national parks across the country
  • MSc in Natural Science/Information Science or equivalent qualification.
  • Ability to develop, document and implement statistical analysis workflows.
  • Ability to use open-source software, such as R and QGIS, to develop code for data analysis.

Job Details:

Company: South African National Parks – SANParks

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, SA

Application Deadline: N/A

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