October 25, 2022

SCIENTIST PRODUCTION GRADE A: ABALONE

CENTRE : Cape Town (Foretrust Building)


REQUIREMENTS : BSc (Hons) in Biological Science in one of the following: zoology, marine
biology, marine ecology, marine science, fisheries biology, fisheries ecology,
fisheries science, aquaculture, natural (living) resource management, or
relevant qualification with a quantitative focus. A minimum of 3 years relevant
post-qualification experience in the field of marine science, in particular
invertebrate fisheries or the life history or population dynamics of marine
invertebrates; Compulsory registration with South African Council for Natural
Scientific Professions (SACNASP) as a professional scientist. Class 4
Commercial Dive Ticket. Knowledge of biology, ecology, life history strategies,
population dynamics and quantitative assessment techniques of inshore living
marine resources, in particular in relation to invertebrate fisheries; Knowledge
of abalone fisheries; Research experience in invertebrate fisheries and/or the
biology, ecology, life-history, population dynamics or quantitative assessment
of abalone; Computer skills in MS Office software (proven ability to utilize word
processing and spreadsheet programmes); Proven ability to manipulate large
data sets within a relational database environment (e.g. MS Access); Proven
ability and experience to quantitatively analyse biological and environmental
data and interpret results; Experience in conducting statistical analysis on and
modelling of fisheries or fisheries related data; Ability and willingness to work
at sea on small boats; Ability and willingness to spend extensive periods away
from home while on field trips, or while attending courses and scientific
symposia and meetings; Valid unendorsed South African driver’s license;
Formal courses in statistics, applied mathematics and/or experience in
statistical methods for biological research.


DUTIES : The incumbent’s responsibility will be to work within the small invertebrates’
research team to initiate and conduct research into population biology, ecology
and fisheries dynamics of the abalone resource relevant to the line function of
the Chief Directorate: Fisheries Research and Development. Provision of scientific advice pertaining to the sustainable harvest and management of
abalone. Participate in another small invertebrate research as required.
Participate in land-and ship- based research survey, including scientific diving
surveys, including working overtime as required (successful candidates that do
not possess a valid diving qualification will be trained to attain the certificate
immediately after starting the contract). Compile research reports, scientific
papers and data reports. Liaise and interact at all levels with individuals
involved in harvesting abalone. Supervise and mentor technical support staff.
Attend scientific meetings/symposia nationally, regionally and internationally.


ENQUIRIES : Dr. K Prochazka Tel No: (021) – 402 3546; email:
KProchazka@environment.gov.za or Ms S Mbande Tel No: (081) – 582 8857;
email: SMbande@environment.gov.za

APPLICATIONS : May be forwarded to the Director-General, Department of Forestry, Fisheries
and the:
Pretoria Environment, Private Bag X447, Pretoria, 0001 or hand-delivered to:
Environment House, Erf 1563 Arcadia Extension 6, Cnr Soutpansberg and
Steve Biko Road, Arcadia, Pretoria, marked for the attention: Human
Resources Management

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