Horticultural Assistant (x2) - Fond Ferdinand

Type: 
Paid
Closing date: 
09 Jul 2022
Section: 
VDM

JOB DESCRIPTION

POST TITLE:             HORTICULTURAL ASSISTANT

RESPONSIBLE TO:  SENIOR SUPERVISOR/SITE MANAGER (SM)

HOURS OF WORK: 40 HOURS PER WEEK AND OVERTIME UPON REQUEST

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DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:-

Job Responsibilities:

As per instruction from the Senior Supervisor/Operation Manager/Site Manager, and in accordance with agreed priorities, a Horticultural Assistant should expect to be involved in/responsible for the following activities:

1.            Trail maintenance, including:

  • Keeping paths clear of hazardous plant debris (eg: fallen branches), ensuring the paths are in safe conditions at all times
  • Cleaning and maintenance of path drainage and anti-erosion systems
  • Collection of non-natural litter
  • Upkeep and creation of path edges to ensure visitors keep to the paths
  • Management of degradation caused by  erosion (eg infilling gulleys)
  • Assist with trail building and maintenance

2.            Maintenance of signage

  • Ensuring that signs are visual and not obstructed
  • Ensuring that signs are in good condition and repairing as appropriate
  • Cleaning and/or repainting signs as appropriate

3.            Coco de Mer management

  • Assist with the general coco-de-mer management through collection and de-husking of fallen nuts from the reserve, cleaning, classing and transporting same to the stores
  • Assistance with mapping and surveying of CdM tress in the VdM and Fond Pepper
  • Thinning of Coco de Mer juveniles

4.           Firebreak maintenance

  • As per instructions, to cut back the vegetation to a height of no more than 10cm within the minimum 10m width of the firebreak
  • In cases of fire outbreaks assist in the safeguarding of the reserve as and when requested including of public holidays or week-ends

5.           Nursery

  • Preparation of the area – including collection of humus and topsoil; mixing of the media
  • Collection of seeds and/or cuttings of native and endemic plant species
  • Sowing and transplanting of seedlings including irrigation, propagation, plant care
  • Handle pesticides, insecticides and fertilizers in a safe manner as and when required

6.           Removal of exotics and rehabilitation

  • Exotic seedlings reaching juvenile status to be removed systematically and in accordance with instruction from management
  • Removal of adult exotic trees as appropriate and in accordance with instructions from management
  • Assist the Statistical Technicians as and when required

7.         Any other activities as arise and requested either by the Supervisor or the Manager.

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Minimum S5 Level of Education with at least 2 Years Working Experience in a Relevant Field OR

Basic knowledge in conservation/horticulture

OR

Graduate of the School of Agriculture/Horticulture

Skills and Attributes:

  • Physically fit and able to undertake hard physical work
  • Able to work under pressure and harsh conditions (sun/rain)
  • Teamwork
  • Hard working and motivated
  • Committed

Please note this vacancy is only open to Seychelles applicants. Apply for this post by sending your CV, and a cover letter explaining your capability and suitability for this position. Applications and enquiries on this position can be made at info@sif.sc.

The deadline for applications is 09/07/22