Control Technician - Dept. Animal, Wildlife and Grassland Sciences

South Africa
Aug 06, 2018
Aug 17, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Faculty Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Department Animal, Wildlife and Grassland Sciences

Control Technician (post level 11)

Job ID:  2428


Duties and responsibilities:

  • Market department at Nampo, Bloem Show, Mega week, UFS Open day.
  • Manage and prepare the large capital equipment budget for the department.
  • Assist with animal nutrition practicals and chemical analysis in animal nutrition laboratory.
  • Present practicals for metabolic and nutrition studies.
  • Provide training in sheep digestibility studies with small stock.
  • Teach students skills in the handling of farm animals.
  • Train emerging farmers in animal handling, herd management and field management.
  • Select and purchase of suitable experimental animals for student training.
  • Arrange student excursions including transport and accommodation.
  • Organise final year student tour to various farmers and institutions in the Northern Cape and act as tour manager and assist with arrangements of congresses.
  • Responsible for service and maintenance (quotations and replacement) of laboratory equipment.
  • Attend to operational requirements of laboratories and agricultural buildings (access, technical issues regarding equipment, quotations and ordering of all chemicals for laboratories, etc.)

    Inherent requirements:

    • Diploma or degree in Agriculture.
    • Two (2) to three (3) years’ relevant working experience.
    • Valid driver’s license.


    Required competencies:

    • Technical background/knowledge and ability to solve problems in a practical manner.
    • Technical skills.
    • Inherent knowledge of farm animals.
    • Knowledge in management of rumen and esophagus fistulae animals.
    • Knowledge in management of an in-vitro animal nutrition laboratory.
    • Business Acumen.
    • Results Orientated.
    • Strategic Thinking.
    • Leading.
    • Building Coalitions.
    • Good interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) and, the ability to function well in the university’s richly diverse working environment.


    Assumption of duties:

    1 October 2018 or as soon as possible


    Closing date:

    17 August 2018



    The salary scale is available on request. For any further enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 2808/ 9962/2010.


    Fringe benefits:

    (Subject to specific conditions): pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits



    The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific department/division.

    Applications may only be submitted online. All applications must be accompanied by the following:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of all academic records.
  • Copies of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications).
  • A copy of your identity document (ID).

    Applications that are incomplete or sent by fax or e-mail, will not be considered. The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.

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