The Agricultural Research Council

The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) is 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 in South Africa.

The ARC-Institute for Fruit, Vine and Wine (ARC-Infruitec-Nietvoorbij) seeks to appoint a highly skilled,
experienced and dynamic person to the following positions at Stellenbosch.


Salary (R586 283 – R879 422 p.a) all-inclusive remuneration package

Key Performance Areas:

  • Initiate, conduct, coordinate and manage research projects in compliance with set standards, client needs and specifications within budget and on time,
  • Develop project proposals in line with presidential imperatives, strategic goals, and research themes of the ARC,
  • Ensure that the allocated budgets are managed in a cost effective and pro-active manner, including timeous execution of financial administrative activities/tasks in compliance with prescribed financial procedures and policies of the ARC,
  • Ensure that allocated personnel and students are mentored, trained, utilized, and evaluated to achieve the targets of the Programme and ultimately the ARC,
  • Contribute to the status of the ARC through high quality research findings/products in compliance with expected scientific standards,
  • National and international recognition as a scientist,
  • Actively identify and pursue business opportunities
  • Participate in the dissemination and marketing of information through national and international publications, conferences, and workshops.


  • PhD in Viticulture/Horticulture or related field with 5 years post-PhD work experience, or 5 years proven relevant experience on the level,
  • Preference will be given to applicants with practical experience in field-based table grape procedures and experimentation,
  • Ability to manage a research team or research program,
  • A good track record of student supervision,
  • Proven record of writing research proposals with positive funding outcomes,
  • A proven peer-reviewed publication record with a minimum of 10 peer-reviewed publications,
  • Proven experience in popular publications and report writing,
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and work systematically,
  • Networking with national and international clients and stakeholders,
  • Good communication (verbal and written) skills,
  • Proficiency in Ms office suite,
  • Valid SA driver’s license.

Enquiries: Dr A Meyer, Tel: (021) 809-3274


Salary (R123 816 – R185 727 p.a) all-inclusive remuneration package

Key Performance Areas:

  • Operate a tractor with various implements such as bush cutter, slasher, spray machine, fertilizer spreader, planter, disc, ripper etc,
  • Transport people, farm produce in a safe manner,
  • Basic maintenance of tractor and implements,
  • Reporting of breakages of tractor or implements,
  • Assist with general farm work on wine grapes, table grapes, olive trees and research plants, irrigation and trellis systems,
  • Comply with all regulations of the OHS Act.


  • Grade 8 or higher qualification,
  • Valid B drivers licence will be advantageous,
  • Must be able to read and write,
  • Five (5) years’ experience as a tractor operator,
  • Must have sober habits,
  • A practical competency test on operating implements will be conducted as part of assessment during the interview.

Enquiries: Mr G Kotze, Tel: (021) 809-3080 or 083 6272 444


Salary (R107 288 – R160 932 p.a) all-inclusive remuneration package

Key Performance Areas:

  • Plant, fertilize, cultivate, spray, irrigate and harvest crops,
  • Maintain or assist in the maintenance of facilities and farm infrastructure,
  • Function under supervision in the orchards & vineyards and able to solve problems encountered,
  • Engage in all farming operations e.g. pruning, suckering, canopy management, harvesting and irrigation
  • Report any problems, discrepancies, and neglect immediately to Farm Supervisor,
  • Correct use of relevant safety equipment.
  • Comply with Occupational Health and Safety regulations,
  • Maintenance to farm structures, equipment, and security fences.


  • Grade 10,
  • Good written and verbal communication skills,
  • 3 year’s relevant experience.

Enquires: Mr K Mabotsa, Tel: (021) 809 3413


A competitive remuneration package will be congruent with the scope, responsibilities, and the stature of the position. The appointment will be subject to a positive security clearance and preference will be given to South African citizens. Applications accompanied by covering letter, detailed CV (Including certificates, supporting documents, copy of driver’s license and nationality. NB: Non-RSA Citizens/work permit holders must attach certified copies) as well as the names and particulars of three (3) traceable referees must be e-mail to SAQA evaluation report must accompany foreign qualifications. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants who do not receive any response four (4) weeks after the closing date must regard their applications as unsuccessful. The Agricultural Research Council is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the principles and processes of Employment Equity. People living with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The company has the right not to appoint.


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