Overview

We are currently recruiting a research assistant and lecturer for our research site in the Western Cape of South Africa. The ideal candidate will have prior experience with fynbos ecology and be responsible for delivering the fynbos and African ecology lecture series and overseeing fieldwork activities and data handling.

Key duties include, but are not limited to:

1. Overseeing fynbos plant identification (to family) as well as the preparation of plant material for preservation.
2. Overseeing other research activities, including woody plant and grass surveys, bird surveys, camera-trapping, and herbivore surveys.
3. Ensuring data collection, input and any analyses done on-site is to a high standard.
4. Giving a pre-prepared series of lectures to school and university students
5. Supervising dissertation students on their independent research projects (subject to qualification)
6. Supervising data handling (back-up and storage) and field equipment use and storage
7. Reporting on a weekly basis to the Research and Training manager when she is offsite and on completion of the expedition writing a short report on the successes and challenges of the research and student experience.

The position will run from the 17th of June till the 11th of August, including an on-site training period and time after the students depart to collate and organise the data.

In return, the successful applicant will receive full accommodation and food onsite, potential current and future research opportunities, networking and skills development. A travel bursary is also available for more experienced candidates.

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