Junior Marine Scientist job vacancy at South African National Parks (SANParks)

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South African National Parks (SANParks) invites suitablly qualified candidates to apply for the vacancy: Junior Marine Scientist.

Closing date: 22 January 2024

Location: TABLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK – Cape Research Centre in Tokai.

Salary: R338,044.78 – R552,147.84

South African National Parks is looking for a self-motivated Junior Marine Scientist to assist the Cape Research Center (CRC) with research and monitoring of both marine and estuarine environments and contribute to the protection and sustainability of South Africa’s marine environments.


The primary responsibilities are in Table Mountain, Robben Island, Agulhas, West Coast and Namaqua National Parks and marine protected areas.

This is a permanent position assisting the CRC with research and monitoring of both marine and estuarine environments. The incumbent is expected to conduct fieldwork as well as work with data processing.

The incumbent will also work closely with SANParks staff and stakeholders within the scope of marine biodiversity conservation.

Please Note

  • The above position is a permanent position and is based in Cape Town at the Cape Research Centre in Tokai. The cost to company remuneration package is based on the salary scale of a position with a Paterson C4 job grade will be offered. The successful candidate will have to provide their own accommodation as there is no official accommodation.
  • Applications that have not been responded within 14 days should be regarded as unsuccessful.
  •  SANParks is an equal opportunity employer and reserves the right not to make an appointment.


South African National Parks (SANParks) was established in terms of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003 (Act No 57 of 2003).

The primary mandate of SANParks is to oversee the conservation of South Africa’s biodiversity, landscapes, and associated heritage assets through a system of national parks.

It also must ensure that South Africans participate and get involved in biodiversity initiatives and that all its operations have a synergistic existence with neighbouring communities for their educational and socioeconomic benefit.

One of the strategic directions of SANParks is growing community support, providing access, benefit-sharing and benefiting local communities, thus the call for applications for the bursary opportunity.


  • Conduct comprehensive and long-term socio-ecological research and biodiversity monitoring within various marine protected areas.
  • Manage, curate, process, archive and maintain biodiversity data, ensuring accuracy, and contributing to verification and data analysis.

  • Produce technical and scientific reports and scientific reviews e.g., State of Knowledge Reports, and compile comprehensive species lists for inclusion in MPA management plans.
  • Contribute to science-management engagements and MPA and estuarine management plans to ensure the effective management of critical marine ecosystems.
  • Share knowledge and information with a wide range of stakeholders to foster awareness and appreciation of marine ecosystems.


  • A Minimum BSc (Hons)) in marine biology/marine science/oceanography or similar fields
  • A minimum of 1 – 3 years of practical experience in marine research or conservation work
  • A sound knowledge of environmental legislation, marine conservation practices and principles
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Proven experience in data management systems and data analysis
  • Willing and able to travel extensively to national parks and regularly conduct fieldwork.
  • Valid Code B driver’s license


Interested candidates who meet the above requirements should forward their applications accompanied by the required documentation listed below to the following:

Mr Thami Mohlabi

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: (012) 426 5048
  • Postal Address: P O Box 787, Pretoria, 0001

Closing Date: 22 January 2024


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