Job Advert: EDI Coordinator

Job Advert: EDI Coordinator

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The South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF) requires the services of an EDI Coordinator responsible for driving and supporting transformation in marine and polar sciences in South Africa, coordinating the South African Polar Research Infrastructure (SAPRI) Mentorship Programme, and compiling the SAPRI Code of Conduct (CoC). 

As per job advertisement:

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with NRF-SANAP, DFFE, DSI and other key stakeholders to understand past efforts and design a forward looking, phased approach to transforming marine and polar sciences
  • Collaborate with historically disadvantaged institutes to promote marine and polar sciences
  • Collaborate with previously disadvantaged individuals who are interested in marine and polar sciences
  • Collaborate with current and past SANAP and MARS stakeholders to understand the blockages with regards to transformation
  • Responsible for coordinating the design and implementation of the SAPRI mentorship programme, including all elements such as the needs to be addressed, programme length and structure, mentee and mentor recruitment, strategies for mentee-mentor matching, activities, addressing mentee and/or mentor challenges to participate (e.g. technological barriers, funding), etc.
  • Organise and chair meetings of the mentorship programme organisational committee and ensure that minutes are recorded
  • Design and implement a programme monitoring and evaluation strategy
  • Report writing at the end of each iteration of the programme and work on strategies to ensure programme sustainability
  • Compile the SAPRI Code of Conduct (CoC)
  • Review existing SA polar / marine CoCs (e.g. SEAmester, etc)
  • Form and chair a CoC Action Group
  • Represent SAPRI and South African polar community on EDI committees (e.g. SCAR, SOOS, others) and give talks, presentations, webinars on EDI where relevant
  • Organise workshops for SAPRI stakeholders and community to create awareness of EDI

Apply before: 08 November 2023

View the full job advert here:

EDI Coordinator at NRF National Research Foundation job in Foreshore, Western Cape | CareerJunction 

 

Anche Louw, South African Polar Research Infrastructure, 26 October 2023 

Job Advert: Top Predator Monitoring Coordinator

Job Advert: Top Predator Monitoring Coordinator

SAPRI_Jobs_Tope Predators_MIMMP (1)The South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) Egagasini Node, based in Cape Town, Western Cape, requires the services of a Top Predator Monitoring Coordinator responsible for the day-to-day operational and logistical management of the Marion Island Marine Mammal Programme (MIMMP), and the Albatross & Petrel Programme (APP), as part of the South African Polar Research Infrastructure (SAPRI). 

As per job advertisement:

Key Responsibilities:

  • Day-to-day responsibility for operational and logistical management of the MIMMP and APP program
  • Liaising with Mammal Research Institute (University of Pretoria) to ensure successful transfer of MIMMP to SAPRI
  • Liaising with Percy FitzPatrick Institute for African Ornithology (University of Cape Town) to ensure successful transfer of APP to SAPRI
  • Oversight of MIMMP and APP field personnel team selection, training and supervision for continued collection of long-term monitoring data
  • Raw data integrity and workflow to SAPRI – DPS oversight
  • Equipment and consumable management and procurement
  • Upkeeping of permits, ethics and reporting administration

Apply before: 07 November 2023

View the full job advert here:

Top Predator Monitoring Coordinator at NRF National Research Foundation job in Foreshore, Western Cape | CareerJunction 

 

Anche Louw, South African Polar Research Infrastructure, 26 October 2023 

Gough Island Expedition 2023: Island Restoration

Gough Island Expedition 2023: Island Restoration

The Gough Island Restoration Programme

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Situated in the South Atlantic Ocean, positioned equidistantly between South Africa and South America, lies a highly significant breeding ground for seabirds known as Gough Island. This remote island serves as the breeding habitat for 24 distinct avian species, many of which are found nowhere else on the planet. Regrettably, the avian inhabitants now share their home with an invasive species, specifically the house mouse. These non-native mice, introduced to the island by human activity, are causing severe harm to the island’s native wildlife, including plants and animals that have thrived there for millennia. The mice’s voracious appetite leads to the consumption of over two million seabird eggs and chicks annually, driving certain species perilously close to extinction.

In an effort to safeguard the birds, the Gough Island Restoration Programme was launched with the aim of eradicating the mice. In 2021, the Gough Island Restoration Programme attempted to eradicate mice from the island in one of the most challenging and logistically complex island eradications ever ventured.

Although the endeavor did not achieve complete success, it significantly reduced the mouse population, providing a respite for the birds. During this period, the avian inhabitants managed to successfully raise numerous chicks.

Scientists continue to monitor the birds and gather valuable information that will hopefully aid in future endeavors to eliminate the mice entirely. Part of this takeover and the overwintering field team’s work programme will relate to follow-up activities to further underpin efforts to restore Gough Island.

 

Team The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Project NameThe Gough Island Restoration Programme
Principal InvestigatorDr Antje Steinfurth
Field Team Leader
(Gough68 & Gough69)
Dr Lucy Dorman
Field Officer (Gough68)Ms Rebekah Goodwill
Field Officer (Gough69)Ms Hannah Greetham

More about the work on the island for this takeover: 

“During takeover our team is carrying out a census of Tristan Albatrosses and Southern Giant Petrels across the whole island, the so-called round island survey. At this time of year, the Southern Giant Petrels are starting to breed while the Tristan Albatross chicks are about to fledge. The number of fledged Albatross chicks will then be compared to numbers of breeding pairs that were counted at the beginning of the year and so breeding success for this Critically Endangered bird can be calculated (more than 99% of the global population breed exclusively on Gough Island). The round island survey also provides the team with the opportunity to monitor the abundance and distribution of the two landbird species, the Gough Bunting and the Gough moorhen.

This takeover the team will also be taking some soil samples from the upland parts of the island. This is to help monitor the ecosystem in the wake of the mouse eradication attempt”. 

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The RSPB Gough Island Restoration Programme takeover team (L-R): Hannah Greetham, Antje Steinfurth, Lucy Dorman and Rebekah Goodwill.

The RSPB overwintering team members’ work:

They will focus on Gough’s bird life, monitoring the breeding success of species, providing estimates of their populations and survival and documenting the impacts of House Mice.

 
For more information visit about The Gough Island Restoration Programme, click on the link below. 

The Gough Island Restoration ProgrammeThis project is funded by: The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

 

Project information and images supplied by Dr Antje Steinfurth. 

Anche Louw, South African Polar Research Infrastructure, 12 October 2023. 

SANAP Vacancies: Antarctica & Marion Island

SANAP Vacancies: Antarctica & Marion Island

SANAP Vacancies

The following vacancies are advertised by The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) for positions based on Antarctica and Marion Island. 

Antarctica, SANAE IV (the 4th South African National Antarctic Expedition Station): 

The successful applicant will spend a full year (December 2023 to February 2025) at SANAE base. There is no option to return to South Africa before February 2025.

Marion Island:

The successful applicant will spend a full year (April 2024 to May 2025) at Marion Island. There is no option to return to South Africa before May 2025.

Job Title StationPeriodClosing Date Job Advert
ElectricianGough IslandSeptember 2024 to October 202528 March 2024Click here
Diesel MechanicGough IslandSeptember 2024 to October 202528 March 2024Click here
Senior Meteorological TechnicianGough IslandSeptember 2024 to October 202528 March 2024Click here
Assistant Meteorological TechnicianGough IslandSeptember 2024 to October 202528 March 2024Click here
Communications engineerGough IslandSeptember 2024 to October 202528 March 2024Click here
Medical orderlyGough IslandSeptember 2024 to October 202528 March 2024Click here

 

Anche Louw, Co-Principal Investigator of Antarctic Legacy of South Africa and Digital Marketing and Communications Manager of the South African Polar Research Infrastructure, 06 October 2023. 

Marion Island Newsletter – The Wanderer 2023 Spring Edition

Marion Island Newsletter – The Wanderer 2023 Spring Edition

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The 80th Marion Island overwintering team has published their first newsletter.

Content included in The Wanderer Spring Edition: 

  • Editor’s Note and Message from the Team Leader 

“Hello from the little swampy volcano in the Southern Indian Ocean we call home, or Marion Island. The year has kicked off and the overwinterers have settled into their routines, just in time for it all to change. The Spring Edition of The Wanderer marks the beginning of a massive influx of wildlife onto the island, eager to breed and moult on this isle of paradise. Follow on as the chaos descends for field researchers alike and the hustle continues at the Base at Cabbage Point” ‐ Zafar Monier.

  • Meet the team 
  • Marion’s Magnificent Birds

“Marion Island is home to 40% of the world’s Wandering Albatross population” Zafar Monier.

  • Sealer Stories 
  • Balloon Launching  

“M80 has the opportunity to conduct upper air ascends on our expedition twice a day, everyday of the year. Weather balloons are released simultaneously from different locations worldwide! On Marion Island we release the balloon at 12H00Z and 00H00Z (15H00 and 03H00 Marion local time)” – the 2023/2024 South African Weather Service Meteorological team members on Marion Island. 

  • Alien Invasive Species 

 

Click on the link below to download the first M80 newsletter. 

M80 Newsletter: The Wanderer Spring Edition

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The 80th Marion Island overwintering team. This photo was taken before the last helicopter flight to the S.A. Agulhas II, at the end of the 2023 takeover. The ship departed from Marion Island to Cape Town late afternoon of 12 May 2023. Image: Michelle Risi.

 

Anche Louw, Co-Principal Investigator of Antarctic Legacy of South Africa and Digital Marketing and Communications Manager of the South African Polar Research Infrastructure, 05 October 2023. 

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