Assistant Meteorological Technician: Gough Island (2 Posts)

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1 Mar, 2018

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Technical Jobs in South Africa

The incumbent will execute duties at a Sub-Antarctic base and adhere to the health, safety and environmental requirements at that base. The successful applicant will spend a full year (September 2018 to October 2019) at Gough Island base. There is no option to return to South Africa before October 2019.

The incumbent will execute duties at a Sub-Antarctic base and adhere to the health, safety and environmental requirements at that base. The successful applicant will spend a full year (September 2018 to October 2019) at Gough Island base. There is no option to return to South Africa before October 2019. The ability to work and live with small groups of people is thus essential.
Requirements:

  • BSc Degree in natural sciences or National Weather Observer’s Certificate (with work experience)
  • Candidates must be willing to work shifts (both day and night) and on public holidays, and in possible adverse weather conditions
  • Candidates must be punctual, dedicated, precise and able to work both in a team and independently

Duties:

  • Assist and actively participate in the running of the surface meteorological and atmospheric research project assigned by the Marine Unit of the SAWS.
  • Perform surface meteorological observations, conduct upper-air weather balloon releases and maintain and verify all equipment.
  • Conduct all work in strict accordance with the rules, regulations, and standards as set out by the SAWS.
  • Assist with administrative duties including quality controlling of data and report writing as required by the Senior Meteorological Technician.
  • Assist with logistical duties associated with the running of the remote base as part of the overall expedition team, including assisting other expedition members as required.

How To Apply
Although the base is well-equipped with email, fax, and satellite telephone facilities, the applicant should be self-sufficient and self-motivated. The incumbent should be aware of the possible effects of the remote location on his/her family and close relationships. Candidates should be physically fit, mentally strong and prepared for challenging but satisfying work.

As part of a small expedition team, Meteorological Technicians might often be called upon to work long hours in extreme conditions, on duties unrelated to their primary function. Short-listed candidates will be subject to screening and security vetting to determine their suitability for employment. Appointment to these positions is subject to a rigorous medical examination, which will be arranged at no cost to the applicant.

Salary: R183 558 P/A (plus 37% lieu of benefits)

Centre: Gough Island Base

Reference: OC27/2018

  • All applications must be submitted on a Z83 application form accompanied by certified copies of qualifications, identity document (ID) as well as a comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV) and Driver’s License in order to be considered.
  • The National Department of Environmental Affairs is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to have foreign qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA).
  • Correspondence will be limited to successful candidates only.
  • People with Disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Short-listed candidates will be subjected to screening and security vetting to determine their suitability for employment, including but not limited to: Criminal records; Citizenship status; Credit-worthiness; Previous employment (reference checks); and Qualification verification. Candidates shortlisted for the SMS post will be subjected to a technical exercise that intends to test relevant technical elements of the job.
  • Following the interview and the technical exercise, the Selection Panel will recommend candidates to attend a generic managerial competency assessment in compliance with the DPSA Directive on the implementation of competency-based assessments.
  • Furthermore, the person appointed to this position will be subject to a security clearance, the signing of a performance agreement and an employment contract.
  • If you have not been contacted within three 3 months after the closing date of the advertisement, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.
  • The department reserves the right not to make an appointment.
  • Relaxation of qualification requirements may be considered for non-OSD posts
  • Applications must be forwarded to: The Director-General: Department of Environmental Affairs, Private Bag X4390, Cape Town, 8000 or hand-deliver to 14 Loop Street, Cape Town. No faxed, e-mailed and late applications will be considered.

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