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Conservation Manager - Mapungubwe National Park

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Sectors   Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Location   South Africa
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   27/03/2018
Company Name   South African National Parks
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A Challenging vacancy currently exists for a Conservation Manager at Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site.  The successful candidate will have to be a highly motivated individual with the necessary skills and experience to take immediate control of all Conservation related matters in the park and will report to the Park Manager. A SAPS criminal record clearance certificate should accompany your CV.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities that are required for the job:

  • B-Tech degree in Nature Conservation/or relevant with minimum 3 years relevant operational experience in conservation management field.
  • Knowledge of the Public Financial Management Act and Financial management experience.
  • To have a working knowledge of relevant Environmental legislation such as Protected Areas Act, Biodiversity Act, Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act and National Water Act.
  • Be fully computer literate with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office software packages such as Word, Excel, Access and Power Point.
  • Be in possession of at least a valid code 08 drivers’ licence with PrDP.
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal.
  • Management, Report writing, Planning and Leadership Skills.
  • Firearm competency and ability to use a wide range of firearms is a necessity.
  • Previous experience in a Transfrontier Park will be an added advantage.
  • Appointment as an Environmental Management Inspector (EMI) will serve as an added advantage.
  • High level of general fitness and mental alertness is required in this position
  • No Criminal record- screening will be conducted. Honesty/integrity screening will be conducted.


The key performance areas of the successful candidate would include the following:

  • Oversee biodiversity conservation and wilderness protection in compliance with relevant national legislation. This includes conservation matters such as veld fires, wildlife populations, damage causing and problem animals, rivers and water provision, Transfrontier Conservation Area matters, Biodiversity Social Projects (including alien biota, ecosystem restoration and bush clearing) and record keeping/reporting.
  • Ensure cooperation and synergy between the Mapungubwe NP, Provincial and Local Government conservation bodies and Community conservation areas adjacent to the Park as far as conservation matters are concerned.
  • Build and maintain good communication and relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Lead, develop and manage the Human Capital of the unit.
  • Implementation and administration of approved Conversation Policy according to agreed management and operational plans as well as stipulations of relevant legislation.
  • Natural resources management including the management and eradication of invasive alien plants, alien animals, unnatural soil erosion.
  • Financial management that includes the preparation of budgets and daily financial administration of own section.
  • Human Resources management and administration of own section.
  • Participating in activities and providing inputs on environmental matters in the control Area of the national park, including Environmental Impact Assessments and any other issues that might affect the park.
  • Implement law enforcement and maintain effective but sound Human Resources & administration management.
  • Ensure 100% compliance to PFMA Act, Supply Chain Management and all necessary legislative.

The remuneration package includes an all-inclusive cost to company salary, based on the scale of a position with a Paterson D1 job grade, allowances and benefits as specified in the HR tariff Document and Conditions of Services of SANParks. The successful candidate will be accommodated in official accommodation in the park and must be prepared to work over weekends. 

Please address your application, accompanied by a CV, to the following address:


South African National Parks
Att: Me. Jacqueline Jacobus
643 Leydstreet

You may also e-mail it to jacqueline.jacobus@sanparks.org If you have not been responded to within 14 days of the closing date, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

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