Citrus Research International (CRI) is a leading agricultural research and technical services organisation and aims to maximise the long-term global competitiveness of the southern African citrus growers through the development, support, co-ordination and provision of Research and Technical services. Through its Citrus Improvement Scheme (CIS) division, it is the primary supplier of citrus propagation material to citrus nurseries in southern Africa from its Citrus Foundation Block (CFB). The purpose of the CIS is to enhance the standard of the South African citrus industry by ensuring that only horticulturally superior plants that are free of declared viruses, diseases and pests are supplied to producers and certified. To ensure that certification standards are maintained, the CIS audits and certifies participating nurseries in southern Africa, and provide extension and advisory services to growers and nurseries.
The purpose of this position is to technically assist the CIS in supply and certification of pathogen-free and horticulturally true-to-type citrus propagation material to the Southern African citrus industry, as well as extension, auditing and certification services to commercial and farm nurseries participating in the CIS. Additionally, the position will support Citrus Biosecurity initiatives, including awareness, surveillance and promotion of the Scheme in southern African countries.
The main task headings for this position are CITRUS IMPROVEMENT SCHEME SUPPORT, INSPECTION, AUDITING AND CERTIFICATION SERVICES TO CITRUS NURSERIES, EXTENSION and NURSERY ADVISORY SERVICES, and BIOSECURITY SUPPORT.
The minimum requirement for this position is a relevant tertiary qualification in Agriculture, Plant Production and/or Horticulture. Preference will be given to candidates with relevant experience (or demonstrated competence) in the following areas: Citrus production practices, specifically nursery tree production; Knowledge of citrus cultivars; Production of plants under protected structures (tunnels, greenhouses), including relevant sanitation practices to maintain plant health and pathogen-free status; Experience in inspection, auditing and certification services; Strong communication (verbal and written) skills; Fluency in Afrikaans and English.
CRI offers a favourable working environment and a competitive and flexible remuneration package. The position is available from 1 April 2020.
Please submit your application and CV to: Mr. Jon Pinker [Email: email@example.com ; Fax: 086 718 4211 ; Phone: 013 759 8000]. The job description is available upon request.