The Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs, and Tourism is offering a rewarding career opportunity for a dedicated individual in the role of Environment Officer Grade A, specializing in Air and Waste Management.

This position is pivotal in championing the environmental health of the Eastern Cape region through proactive management and strategic planning.

Environmental Officer Vacancy Overview

  • Job Title: Environment Officer Grade A: Air and Waste Management
  • Reference Number: DEDEA/2024/04/03
  • Salary: R325 917 – R360 327 per annum, (OSD). Appropriate salary will be determined according to the regulatory Framework (based on OSD).
  • Location: Sarah Baartman Region
  • Closing Date: 13 May 2024

Qualifications and Requirements

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • National Senior Certificate (Grade 12)
  • Degree or Diploma in Environmental Management or Natural Sciences
  • Valid Driver’s License

Essential Skills and Knowledge

  • Knowledge of and experience in the environmental and waste management field: This refers to having a good understanding of environmental issues, regulations, and practices related to waste management. This includes being familiar with waste reduction, recycling, treatment, and disposal methods. Experience in this field would involve working in roles that involve managing environmental and waste-related projects or tasks.
  • Computer literacy and skills: This includes being proficient in using basic computer programs such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), email, and internet browsers. In the environmental and waste management field, knowledge of specific software for data management, mapping, or reporting may also be required. Being computer literate allows individuals to effectively complete tasks, communicate electronically, analyze data, and generate reports.
  • Good written and communication skills: These skills are essential for effectively conveying information, writing reports, documenting processes, and communicating with colleagues, clients, and stakeholders. Clear and concise written communication is important for ensuring that instructions, reports, and documentation are easily understood. Strong verbal communication skills are vital for interacting with team members, clients, and the public in a professional and coherent manner. These skills are also essential for presenting information during meetings, conferences, or public outreach events.
  • Knowledge of applicable environmental legislation (National Environmental Management Act, Air Quality Act, National Waste Management Strategy,  Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations etc.

Core Responsibilities

  • Implementation of Environmental Policies and Legislation: Execute and uphold environmental policies, strategic action plans, and legislation to ensure regional compliance with national standards.
  • Integrated Waste Management and Air Quality Planning: Engage in comprehensive planning for waste management and air quality control, aligning with Integrated Waste Management Planning (IWMP) guidelines.
  • Development and Monitoring of Environmental Plans: Actively contribute to the creation, ongoing monitoring, and execution of Provincial Integrated Waste Management Plans, Hazardous Waste Plans, and Air Quality Management Plans.
  • Regulatory Compliance and Licensing: Implement and enforce Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations and manage licensing procedures for disposal facilities to ensure environmental compliance.
  • Enforcement of Environmental Compliance: Oversee and ensure adherence to all environmental permits, licenses, and authorizations, taking necessary actions to enforce regulations.
  • Response to Environmental Incidents: Promptly respond to and manage pollution incidents and public complaints, implementing corrective measures to mitigate environmental impact.
  • Government Liaison and Coordination: Maintain effective communication and collaboration with National, Provincial, and Local Government bodies concerning environmental management issues related to waste and air quality.
  • General Administrative and Supervisory Duties: Perform additional administrative and management tasks as delegated by supervisors, which may include overseeing projects, preparing reports, and participating in meetings and training sessions.

How to Apply

  • A fully completed and signed Z83 Form must be submitted only via the provincial e-Recruitment system available at: and / or at
  • The system closes at 23:59 on the closing date and is available 24/7.
  • To report any challenges pertaining e-Recruitment System, send an email with your ID Number, your profile e-Mail Address and the details of the issue, to: ; do not submit any CVs to this email address, should you do so, your application will be regarded as lost and will not be considered.
  • No Hand-Delivered/ No Emailed / No Faxed / No Posted applications will be allowed.

In conclusion, the environmental officer in the Eastern Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism is responsible for ensuring the effective management of air and waste in the province. This role is crucial in protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development. The job of the officer is challenging and requires a high level of expertise and dedication.

Overall, the work of the environmental officer contributes to the preservation of the environment and the well-being of the community.