Wednesday, 4 July 2018

DST National Youth Service Programme 2018

The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) is inviting unemployed science, engineering and technology graduates (18 to 35 years of age) to volunteer their services towards the implementation of the Youth into Science Strategy under the auspices of the National Youth Service Programme.

The South African Agency for Science a Technology Advancement (SAASTA, a business unit of National Research Foundation) on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) a premier science institution that conducts research with partners, develops human capital and foster innovation in support of the agricultural sector.

It provides diagnostic, laboratory, analytical, agricultural engineering services, post-harvest technology development, agrochemical evaluation, consultation and advisory services, food
processing technology services as well as various surveys and training interventions.

Through its wider network of research institutes and experimental farms, the ARC provides a strong scientific base and a broadly distributed technology transfer capacity to the entire agricultural industry.

Volunteers will be deployed for a period of up to 12 months to participating organisations that collaborate with the DST in its youth development programmes.

A stipend will be paid to volunteers per month as follows: National Diploma NQF Level 6 (R 4 500), Bachelor’s Degree / B.Tech NQF Level 7 (R 5 000), Honours NQF Level 8 (R 5 500), Master’s NQF Level 9 (R 6 500), PhD NQF Level 10 (R 7 700).

Six internship positions Vacancies available
Animal Science: Sero-diagnosis of Bacterial Diseases; Food Safety; Reproductive Physiology; Animal Breeding and Genetics; Food (Meat and Milk) Science; Animal Nutrition; Rangeland or Pasture Science; Bacteriology; Bioinformatics and Immunology; Molecular and Classical Virology; Classical Parasitology and Entomology
Agricultural Economics and Capacity Development: Agricultural Economics; Statistics; Mathematical Statistics; Econometrics; Agricultural Extension; Socio-Economics and Biometry
Natural Resource Management: GIS; Earth Observation; Land Water Management; Pedology;
Agrometeorology; Soil Science, Microbiology; Biochemistry; Soil Physics, Natural Science
Agro-processing: Biofuels and Renewable Energy; Food Technology; Post Harvest; Rubber/Latex Research
Plant Science: Agronomy/crop Science, Plant Physiology, Weed Science, Plant Breeding, Food Science and Technology

Closing date: 18 July 2018

Interested youth, who meet the qualifications, are invited to submit a covering letter indicating why they want to volunteer, in which province they are residing and the province of their choice.

Candidates should also include curriculum vitae, certified copies of ID and qualifications, and all their contact details. Please visit our website:
  • Human Resource Development Department
  • Agricultural Research Council
  • 1134 Park Street
  • PRETORIA 0001
Please email your detailed CV’s to

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified of the screening outcomes. Candidates who have not been contacted within three months after the closing date should consider their applications unsuccessful. All travel and relocation costs will be for the candidates’ own expenses.

All enquiries: Ndikho Mbuce Tel: (012) 427 9815

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