Website South African National Biodiversity Institute - SANBI
The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is looking for a self-motivated individual to contribute to SANBI’s monitoring mandate by assessing the status of plant species and to provide international leadership in this field to fellow Southern African countries via training and lessons exchange.
- Ensure that the plant red list is taxonomically up to date.
- Supervise the production of assessments produced by research assistants, interns, and other SANBI scientists;
- Carry out conservation assessments of plant species;
- Provide guidance to international scientists conducting red list assessments in the Southern Africa region; and
- Prepare information required to support decision making for species of conservation concern;
This position requires a degree in Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Ecology, Biology, Botany or equivalent qualification with NQF 7. A postgraduate qualification or equivalent qualification at NQF 8 will be an added advantage. This position also requires a minimum of 6 years’ experience in monitoring Rare and Endangered Species and conducting scientific research on the status of plant species with at least 3 years’ experience including having supervised junior scientists/interns/research assistants.
The following competencies are required for the candidate to be successful in this position: specialised scientific skills on how to apply the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List Categories and Criteria to different species; in-depth understanding of national and global species assessment processes; project and time management knowledge and skills; plant identification skills, including understanding of taxonomy and plant ecology; expert stakeholder engagement skills; proven ability and experience for mentoring students and interns; advanced knowledge of utilising biodiversity monitoring techniques; comprehensive knowledge and understanding for the use of geographical Information System (GIS); must have sound database management skills, interpersonal skills, problem solving skills, and excellent communication skills (both verbal and written). The possession of a valid driver’s licence with at least one-year practical driving experience and a willingness to travel is essential.
Company: South African National Biodiversity Institute – SANBI
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: Pretoria, Gauteng, SA
Application Deadline: N/A