Biodiversity Data Management Specialist (Permanent position)

27 September 2017 - 4:00pm


Salary Level: 9

Directorate: Biodiversity Information and Planning 

SANBI is seeking to appoint a motivated individual with proven database administration and ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) experience on a permanent basis as a Biodiversity Data Management Specialist .


The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) requires a motivated individual with proven database administration and ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) experience, to perform analysis and remediation of data from SANBI and its data partners, through the application of standards and practises that support the collection, structure/format, coding, review, entry, validation, editing, and reporting of biodiversity data.


The successful candidate requires a degree in Natural Science, with at least some modules or courses in Computer Science or data management, enhanced by at least 3 years’ working experience in biodiversity data compilation, data quality control and cleaning, data management and analysis. The candidate must demonstrate familiarity with the standards and protocols developed by the Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG). 

Familiarity with SANS and other applicable data management standards will be an added advantage. The candidate must demonstrate exceptional proficiency in MS Excel, MS Access and database applications (e.g. MSSQL, MySQL). The candidate must be in possession of a valid (unendorsed) Code B drivers’ license with one year’s practical driving experience.

Key responsibilities

The appointee will be responsible for:

  • Reviewing, analysing, validating and remediating biodiversity data and metadata to ensure consistency, integrity and accuracy;
  • Providing support to data partners and creating procedures to identify and mitigate potential data problems;
  • Performing Export, Transform and Load processes across all relevant systems; 
  • Reviewing and enhancing data management procedures in line with technological innovations and new standards;
  • Providing data management training.

In addition to the aforementioned requirements, the successful candidate must demonstrate a good spoken and written command of English, as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a team.


SANBI offers an annual salary of R334 545.00 and additional fringe benefits. 

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Apply online here

Please Note:

  1. An application form (obtainable from SANBI website must accompany the CV together with a letter motivating why the applicant should be favourably considered for the position and confirming that the minimum qualifications are met (applicants lacking evidence of relevant experience will not be considered). 
  2. A competency test will be conducted as part of the selection process.
  3. Applicants must also provide the full names, address and telephone number and if possible e-mail address of at least three referees.
  4. An application form must accompany the CV and motivational letter. Download Application Form.
  5. Failure to submit the requested information may result in your application not being considered.

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  SANBI reserves the right not to fill this position. All applications will be considered with the understanding that, in terms of the SANBI Employment Equity Plan, preference will currently be given to candidates from the designated groups.

Contact Ms Glynnis Webb on (021) 7998635/8800 or preferably, apply online via the website ( or forward the completed application form, a letter and concise CV via e-mail to or fax 0865899569. Postal applications are to be addressed to the Deputy Director: Human Resources, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Private Bag X7, Claremont, 7735.

Candidates are expected to be available for selection interviews on a date and time as determined by SANBI.


If no response has been received within 30 days of the closing date, candidates may consider their applications unsuccessful.

Please note that any emails sent to SANBI must be under 10MB in size.

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27 September 2017 - 4:00pm
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