Junior Marine Technician


National Research Foundation


06 Sep 2019

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Market Related salary


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. This position is supported by the DSI's Shallow Marine and Coastal Research Infrastructure (SMCRI) programme.

Junior Marine Technician

(Based in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape)

(3 Year renewable contract.)

SAEON, Elwandle Node, based in Port Elizabeth requires the services of a dynamic, self-motivated Junior Marine Technician to provided technical and logistical support for the various research and long-term monitoring activities in the field, laboratory and at its premises.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Assist with the planning and execution of field activities (coastal and estuarine).
  • Pre- and post-field trip servicing of vessels, equipment and storage of gear.
  • Conduct or facilitate the servicing and calibration of sampling instruments and equipment.
  • Assist with conducting risk assessments and evaluations of safety procedures in the field, laboratory and at the SAEON node premises.
  • Provide assistance with the collection and recording of scientific measurements that includes physical data and biological information.
  • Provide assistance with record keeping, data capturing and data processing.
  • Provide assistance with the sorting of biological material and the preparation of specimens for laboratory analysis.


  • Completed BTech or B Sc. Hons degree in a related scientific discipline.
  • Experienced in the operation and deployment of scientific instruments such as CTD's and ADCP's.
  • At least 2 years' experience working at sea and on estuaries.
  • Class IV diving qualification.
  • Valid commercial diving and SAMSA Seafarer medical clearance.
  • Category C SAMSA <9m skippers ticket (with a diving endorsement).
  • Valid code B drivers licence.
  • Willingness to obtain a code EC drivers licence.
  • Willingness to obtain a Category B SAMSA skippers ticket.
  • Willingness to travel to remote locations (nationally and internationally).

Physical requirements:

  • The appointed person will be required to: bend, stoop, reach or stand for extended periods as well as be able to lift and move heavy objects.

Applications should include a detailedCurriculum vitae, cover letter and contact details of at least three referees (upload as one document).

Closing date for receiving applications: 20 September 2019

SAEON is committed to employment equity and redress. SAEON reserves the right not to make an appointment to the position as advertised.

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:


  • adhere to health and safety procedures
  • to lift and move heavy objects
  • actively participate and assist with field work
  • Sorting of biological material
  • Collecting and recording of scientific measuremetns


  • preparing and handling field sampling gear
  • Working at sea and on estuaries
  • Operating and deploying of scientific instruments
  • Preparing specimens for laboratory analysis


  • Servicing and calibration of sampling instruments and equipment

Contract Type:

Contract, Permanent/Contract




Port Elizabeth
Eastern Cape
South Africa