Two(2) Research Assistant Positions At The Agricultural Research Council (ARC)

Two(2) Research Assistant Positions At The Agricultural Research Council (ARC)

  • Location: Pretoria, South Africa
  • Number of Vacancies: 2
  • Closing Date: 20 May 2024

About The Agricultural Research Council (ARC)

The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) is a premier science institution that conducts research with partners, develops human capital and foster innovation in support of the agricultural sector. It provides diagnostic, laboratory, analytical, agricultural engineering services, post-harvest technology development, agrochemical evaluation, consultation and advisory services, food
processing technology services as well as various surveys and training interventions. Through its wider network of research institutes and experimental farms, the ARC provides a strong scientific base and a broadly distributed technology transfer capacity to the entire agricultural industry in South Africa.

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Key Responsibilities

Key Performance Areas:

  • Assist with implementation and maintenance of nursery, glasshouse, tunnels, net house and seed.
    Germination research trials at the National Forage
  • Genebank – Roodeplaat.
  • Irrigation and preparation of small plots for seed regeneration.
  • Assist with characterisation of plant genetic resources at the NFG.
  • Assist with seed collection, cleaning and packaging activities at the NFG.
  • Assist with collection, mounting and maintenance of voucher specimens at the
  • Herbarium facility at Roodeplaat.
  • Assist in rangeland ecology related data collection activities.
  • Assist with data collection and capturing.
  • Assist with seed germination, seedling evaluation and production trials in the seed lab, tunnels, field
    plots and on farm.


  • A Grade 12 with 3 years relevant experience or Grade 10 with 8 years relevant experience or 20
    years relevant work experience and focus on planted pasture, botany, or rangeland ecology.
  • Practical experience with cultivar lab, tunnels and glasshouses), and field (small plot) conditions.
  • Practical experience in seed germination ecology of legumes and/or grasses.
  • Knowledge on seed dormancy and various techniques in breaking seed dormancy.
  • Must have a valid driver’s licence (or leaners licence as indication that the candidate is in the
    process of obtaining driver’s licence.

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