South African Sugar Association: GIS Internship (Mount Edgecombe, Durban)

GIS Internship at South African Sugar Association

Contract Junior position Mount Edgecombe, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Market Related salary Job 2382714 | Ref 1571 Posted 11 Sep 2020 by South African Sugar Association

About the Position The Opportunity The South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI) is a world renowned agricultural research institute conducting research for the sugar industry. SASRI is offering a one year internship within the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The internship is aimed at providing graduates an opportunity to develop and acquire the necessary skills within a working environment. Moreover the internship provides onsite business mentoring and on the job training for operating and maintaining GIS systems for the sugar industry. The Intern's role is mainly to provide assistance in collecting, collating and recording the GIS database which is then used by SASRI researchers, extension specialists and other stakeholders. Key Responsibilities:

  • Routine maintenance and analyses of existing datasets comprising various field measurements, using appropriate packages (e.g. Excel, RStudio, Genstat)

  • Processing existing aerial imagery datasets and extracting data for statistical analyses in photogrammetry packages (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS, Pix4D)

  • Assisting with carrying out field trial measurements & coordinating operations where needed

  • Assisting with software maintenance (MyCanesim irrigation scheduling service)

  • Knowledge exchange (assist with report writing and data presentation using MSOffice)

The Requirements (Essential and General)

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Geographic Information Systems

  • Programming experience (e.g. R programming language)

  • Good verbal and written communication skills

  • A strong desire to work in an agricultural research environment

  • Desire to experiment with new technology, new products and new services

  • Ability to work independently and within a team

What we Offer

  • The successful incumbent will receive an allowance of [URL Removed] on a monthly basis.

  • There is onsite accommodation, meals, clinic facilities and a laundry service at a monthly fee of [URL Removed] (optional).

Application Procedure Closing date for applications: Applications will be considered for short-listing until 28th September 2020 and SASA reserves the right to not consider any application received after the stated closing date.

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies: Ability

  • communicate information & ideas verbally

  • communicate technical information

  • apply geographical knowledge

  • draw maps or charts

  • work in a team

  • liaise with scientists

  • take iniative and have a desire to develop within the field

  • work independently as well as in a team


  • Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Data base management and computer programming

  • using geographical information system (GIS) software


  • data programming

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