South Africa

Senior Extension Officer: Fruit & Wine Programme

Company WWF-SA
Reference # #Sust_Agri
Published 10/05/2019
Contract Type Contract
36 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
Environmental Programmes Unit: Sustainable Agriculture
(3 year contractual position based in the WWF Stellenbosch office)

WWF is the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisation, with over 6 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

WWF South Africa is a national office that is part of the WWF network. We are a local NGO that has worked for 50 years with the aim of inspiring all South Africans to live in harmony with nature, for the benefit of our country and the wellbeing of all our people. WWFs work is for nature, for you.

Our work is challenging and exciting and we love what we do. To join our team you need to be brilliant at what you do, passionate, results-orientated and have a positive attitude.
Job Functions Agricultural Engineering,Environmental Services
Industries Ngo / Non-Profit

It is well recognized that landowners, as the “stewards of the land” can play an important role in the long term conservation of our natural heritage, ecological functions such as water provision and healthy soil which in turn provide food security in a changing climate. With 95% of wine growing taking place in the unique habitat of the Cape floral kingdom, WWF initiated a pioneering partnership between the South African wine industry and the conservation sector. The project works with landowners to ensure they are aware of and conserving their unique natural heritage, and that their farming practices do not have any negative impacts on the surrounding environment.
WWF is looking for an experienced and suitably qualified senior extension officer to join the small Sustainable Agriculture team. The role will be responsible for providing technical advisory support around biodiversity stewardship, leading agricultural practices, effective resource management for the (40+) WWF Conservation Champion farms as well as the selected stewardship sites within the priority Grootwinterhoek Water Source area. The position requires someone who is able to work independently and take the necessary initiative to get the work done timeously and professionally. It is a full time position based out of the Stellenbosch office and will require extensive travel within the Western Cape to undertake farm visits.


The WWF Senior Extension Officer will be responsible for the following actions:

1.Review and provide technical input to the WWF Conservation Champion wine farm assessments:
-Effective work planning of the annual farm visit schedule to ensure that all 40+ farms are visited at least once a year.
-During farm visit, complete the environmental assessment in collaboration with the representative from the farm which focusses on providing sound advice on the effective mitigation of any emerging environmental risks, updating the biodiversity management plans, tracking progress against previous annual targets, and supporting the proactive conservation efforts of the farm – thereby ensuring that the WWF Conservation Champion criteria are maintained.
-Negotiate and conclude the signing of WWF Landowner Agreements (Biodiversity Agreement) with all WWF Conservation Champion farms as well as identified priority stewardship properties falling within WWF stewardship focus areas.
-Maintain positive relationships with key staff members/landowners and update team internally to ensure effective communication across various levels of engagement.

2.Monitoring & Evaluation (including GIS)
-GIS project oversight, data management and standardised map development for the Biodiversity Management Plans per farm;
-Monitoring and Evaluation (GIS spatial analysis of areas under agriculture and conservation) to track improved management over time;
-All aspects of project administration (updated membership information, contact details, conservation stories, annual review of management plans).

-Working knowledge & experience of the different Conservation Stewardship models & relevant partners in the landscape.
-Attendance and contribution to key stakeholder forums (such as Cape Nature Stewardship review committee) to report on relevant WWF stewardship agreements & landowner engagement processes.
-Where relevant, convening and/or chairing of quarterly meetings with the conservancies and landowner associations that WWF has facilitated within the WWF Fruit & Wine priority focus areas.
-Working in the integration of WWF Freshwater stewardship as well as other relevant activities through alignment with existing standards (Global Gap, SIZA, Alliance for Water Stewardship, IPW and SIZA) on shared project objectives.

-Stakeholder engagement with targeted partner organisations (such as Landcare, CapeNature Stewardship, Conservation at Work, Upper Breede Collaborative Extension Group) and/or broader fruit & wine industry bodies (such as WOSA, IPW, SIZA, Hortgro etc.)
-Coordination, planning and facilitation of technical training workshops
-Support to programme manager by providing input into fundraising and reporting to key funders and partners,
-Support for WWF Conservation Champion sub-brand marketing, communication and media liaison

•A tertiary qualification in conservation ecology, agriculture science, natural resources management, environmental management, or relevant field (e.g. economics, land use planning, GIS expertise); or at least five years’ experience in an environmental management position.
•The successful candidate must be skilled in communications (written and verbal) with strong report writing skills.
•Self-motivated, with strong analytical, administrative and project management skills.
•Passion for the conservation of nature and the involvement of people and businesses in the implementation of practical solutions to the challenges facing the environment.
•Collaborative spirit and ability to work in team settings across cultures and internally within a diverse institution.
•Computer literacy in MS Office (MS Word), spread sheets (Excel), email and presentations (MS PowerPoint).
•Excellent communication skills in English and Afrikaans is essential.
•Valid driver’s license essential.

Further information:

To apply please click here fill out the application form, and provide a detailed CV and covering letter (attach under “Documents”) fully motivating why you should be appointed, together with the names, current e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three relevant references. Applications close on 26th May 2019.

Applications sent via email will not be considered.

WWF seeks to promote diversity among its staff. Candidates who have not received a response within three weeks of the closing date are kindly requested to assume that their application has not been successful in this instance. WWF-SA reserves the right not to fill this position.
Job Closing Date 26/05/2019
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