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South African National Parks (SANParks): Scientist: Freshwater & Estuarine Systems Knowledge Collation

This two-year contract position will be based at the Rondevlei (preferably) or Knysna office of Scientific Services in the Garden Route National Park.

Salary Scale: Patterson D3 Band

A vacancy exists for a freshwater and estuarine knowledge collation scientist in the Scientific Services division of South African National Parks (SANParks). The successful candidate will locate, review and synthesise existing literature (peer-reviewed and grey) and important findings from ongoing research (by SANParks and external researchers) across parks to produce various State of Knowledge reports for freshwater and estuarine systems. The incumbent will be based in the Garden Route & Frontier Research Unit, working out of our offices in either Knysna or Sedgefield. S/he will work closely with SANParks scientists and managers on this critical project. The incumbent should be highly motivated and able to work independently, have a demonstrated track record in information synthesis, and have very strong scientific writing skills and experience. S/he will join a dynamic group of scientists and must be a team player, able to integrate diverse information to produce knowledge for applied management needs.



  • At least an MSc in the appropriate Natural Science field.
  • At least three years of post-graduate working experience in an ecological field Sound knowledge and understanding of the diversity and functioning of freshwater and estuarine ecosystems in South Africa.
  • Experience working in freshwater and estuarine social-ecological systems.
  • Excellent data analysis and interpretation skills.
  • Proven experience in successfully leading the writing of scientific reviews and reports.
  • Excellent networking and collaboration skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills.
  • Excellent project management and organisational skills.
  • A valid driver's licence and willingness to travel to national parks across the country.


  • Plan report content through end-user consultation.
  • Identify, collate and review diverse knowledge forms relevant to freshwater and estuarine systems in SANParks.
  • Identify, review and analyse (if needed) SANParks' datasets and/or other data from open access repositories and/or in conjunction with external research collaborators
  • Draft, consult on and finalise internal state of knowledge science reports.
  • Where appropriate, publish in relevant scientific journals

To Apply: Please visit the SANParks website for more information.


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