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Project Co-ordinator: Custodians of Rare & Endangered Wildflowers

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Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location South Africa - Africa
Town/City Kirstenbosch Research Centre
Salary Additional Information R160 976,37.
Salary Range 121,000 - 199,999
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 13/02/2009
Company Name South Africa National Biodiversity Insitute
Contact Name
Email recruitmentct@sanbi.org
Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : Conservation and Ecology Jobs in South Africa with...The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) leads and coordinates research, and monitors and reports on the state of biodiversity in South Africa. The institute provides knowledge and information, gives planning and policy advice and pilots best-practice management models in partnership with stakeholders. SANBI engages in ecosystem restoration and rehabilitation, leads the human capital development strategy of the sector and manages the National Botanical Gardens as 'windows' to South Africa's biodiversity for enjoyment and education.
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Project Co-ordinator: Custodians of Rare & Endangered Wildflowers
(Graded as Agricultural Scientist)
(Three-year Contract, Salary Level 7)

Kirstenbosch Research Centre

Closing Date: 13 February 2009

SANBI requires a motivated, focused and dedicated Project Co-ordinator who is passionate about plant conservation, to provide support to the CREW (Custodians of Rare & Endangered Wildflowers) programme. This programme involves volunteers from the public in the monitoring and conservation of South Africa’s threatened plants. CREW aims to capacitate a network of volunteers from a range of socio-economic backgrounds to monitor and conserve South Africa’s threatened plant species. The programme links volunteers with their local conservation agencies, and particularly with local land stewardship initiatives, to ensure the conservation of key sites for threatened plant species.

Appointment to the position of Project Co-ordinator requires a BSc in Botany or an equivalent tertiary qualification, enhanced by at least 2 – 3 years’ relevant working experience, as well as project co-ordination experience. Knowledge of fynbos plant species and the ability to identify most plants to genus level, coupled with an understanding of fynbos ecology, are essential. Candidates must be proficient in MS Office (GIS skills advantageous), display a good spoken and written command of English and other official languages, and have the ability to work according to deadlines, even under pressure. In addition, the ability to maintain sound interpersonal relations with CREW volunteers and to work closely within a team is crucial. A valid Code B driver’s licence with at least one year’s practical driving experience completes the profile of the ideal candidate.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:
• co-ordinating the activities of civil society groups within the Cape Floristic Region, and providing support materials for groups • assisting the Project Manager in organising and attending meetings, fieldtrips and workshops, and providing tasks for Cape Town office volunteers • developing links with academic institutions to engage students in the CREW programme • co-supervising work of the CREW Project Assistant • managing field trips of CREW special teams, i.e. Cape-based volunteer groups involved in monitoring critically endangered and endangered plant species.

SANBI offers an all-inclusive annual salary of R160 976,37.

Please Note: 1) Applications must be accompanied by a letter motivating why the applicant should be favourably considered for the position and confirming that the minimum qualifications are met. 2) A competency test may be conducted as part of the selection process.

All applications will be considered with the understanding that, in terms of the SANBI Employment Equity Plan, preference will currently be given to candidates from the designated groups. Applications submitted by employment agencies will not be considered.
SANBI reserves the right not to fill this position.

Candidates are expected to be available for selection interviews on a date and time as determined by SANBI. If no response has been received within 21 working days of the closing date, candidates may assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

Enquiries: Mr Ismail Ebrahim on 021 799 8751.

To apply, contact Ms Itebogeng Tshepe on 021 799 8878 or, preferably, forward a letter and concise CV via e-mail to recruitmentct@sanbi.org or fax 021 762 3229. Postal applications are to be addressed to the Deputy Director: Human Resources, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Private Bag X7, Claremont 7735

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