Postion Summary:
SAEON has recently embarked on the establishment of the Expanded Freshwater and Terrestrial Environmental Observation Network (EFTEON). EFTEON is a Research Infrastructure that has been developed under the DSI South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap (SARIR) program. The EFTEON is intended to provide a platform of well- described and instrumented landscapes to the South African and International research community, in order to facilitate research into global change, ecosystem processes, social-ecological interactions and to provide data for remote sensing and model validation and calibration. Including continuous measurements of micrometeorological parameters, meteorological parameter and hydrological measurements. With repeated measurements of biodiversity, productivity and other environmental characteristics.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Data collection and management
  • Operation of research activities in the EFTEON N Drakensberg Landscape: In Conjunction with other internal and external stakeholders facilitate the continued operation and development of the EFTEON N-Drakensberg landscape
  • Preparation, planning and undertaking multi-stakeholder engagement necessary for on-going field based social-ecological and biodiversity research in the area
  • Reporting and communication
  • Assist with administrative and Supply Chain procedures as required to ensure the nod is functional and compliant
  • Engagement and training of interns, technicians community members and citizen science teams (instrumentation and biodiversity)

Minimum Qualification:

  • Bachelors Degree / Advanced Diploma / NQF 7

Minimum Experience:

  • 2-5 years
  • NQF 7 (bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma) or NQF 8 (honours degree) qualification in Social Ecology/Sociology/Anthropology/Environmental Science/Environmental Management/Agriculture or related fields
  • Code 08 Driver’s license with off road experience


  • At least 2 years’ experience that includes extensive field work experience involving community engagement, facilitation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Must have working knowledge of qualitative and mixed methods research approaches, including survey instruments, interviews and workshops
  • Proven track record of engagement and/or involvement with NGOs, NPOs, local and international stakeholders


  • Ability to record and process social-ecological data and do report writing

Additional Notes:
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Desired Skills:

  • Skilled in applied field of position
  • Knowledge to be relevant
  • Responsible in performing duties

About The Employer:

The National Research Foundation (NRF) supports and promotes research and human capital development through funding, the provision of National Research Facilities and science outreach platforms and programmes to the broader community in all fields of science and technology, including natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities The South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) is a research platform funded by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF) since 2002. SAEON is mandated to observe and research ecosystems on land, in coastal regions and the oceans to understand how those systems function and might change over time and space when influenced by socio-economic driving forces including climate change. We deliver our data online and offer tools, services and advice for informed environmental policy-making.

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