Job Opportunity: Black Rhino Conservation Scientist at South African National Parks

South African National Parks (SANParks) is hiring a Black Rhino Conservation Scientist. S/He will work on conserving and protecting Black Rhino's in Kruger National Park. Qualifications include a publication record, research project experience, and spatial analysis experience. Post graduate experience working on rhino conservation is an added adavatnage. The deadline to apply is November 28th, 2016.  

Date published: 2016/11/22


SANParks have embarked on an integrated approach to curb the threats of poaching for horn to the persistence of rhinoceroses and has made considerable progress. Black rhinoceroses, however, have specific challenges in Kruger National Park. SANParks developed a three-pillar response to protect them within a Black Rhinoceros Guardian Zone in Kruger National Park. This includes prioritized security and biological management responses. Both these pillars hinge on a dedicated science support pillar. SANParks, through support from WWF-SA, seeks to appoint a Scientist: Black Rhinoceros Conservation for a three-year period.


Kruger National Park, South Africa


  • A minimum of an MSc degree in ecology
  • An understanding of large mammal herbivore ecology
  • An understanding and practical application of ecological spatial analyses
  • At least two years working experience including research project management
  • Pro-active communication that translate science to management
  • A developing scientific publication record
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and networking skills
  • Willing and able to travel extensively within Kruger National Parks and regularly conduct fieldwork
  • Post-graduate degree work experience in the fields of rhinoceroses conservation will be an added advantage
  • Valid Code B driver’s license
  • South African citizenship


  • Providing modelled predictions on rhinoceros localities on a weekly basis making use of a sample of collared black rhinoceroses
  • Providing a modelled prioritized anti-poaching patrolling schedule on a weekly basis based on analyses of previous poacher behaviour, ranger behaviour and expected rhinoceros distribution directed at maximising interdiction of poaching parties by rangers
  • Providing modelled hot pursuit analytical guidance real-time when rangers detected incursions
  • Evaluate black rhinoceros population performance through analyses of camera trap and population survey data in response to SANParks’s interventions on a quarterly basis.

How to Apply:

Interested persons who meet the requirements should forward their applications and detailed Curriculum Vitae to the following address:

Human Resources Division, SA National Parks, PO Box 787, Pretoria 0001
Fax: 086 295 4078
Email: [email protected]