The Department of Agriculture, Western Cape Government, is looking for a qualified and competent individual to serve as a Facility Manager in the field of Animal Science. This role involves coordinating and facilitating tasks among research stakeholders and maintaining research infrastructure.

The goal is to develop and adapt technology in animal science to improve farming efficiency in the Western Cape.

Facility Manager Job Overview

  • Closing Date: 17 June 2024
  • Reference Number: WCG240509-10
  • Tracking Number: AGR 24/2024
  • Job Title: Facility Manager: Animal Science, Ref No. AGR 24/2024
  • Department: Agriculture
  • Salary Level: 9
  • Enquiries: Dr. CHM De Brouwer at (021) 808 5220
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Location: South Africa, Western Cape, Elsenburg

Minimum Requirements

  • Education: An appropriate 3-year National Diploma/B-Degree (or higher qualification) in Agriculture with animal science as a major subject.
  • Experience: A minimum of 5 years of relevant post-qualification experience in agricultural research support.
  • A valid code B (or higher) driving license. (Note: People with disabilities that restrict driving abilities, but who have reasonable access to transport, may also apply.)

Key Performance Areas

  • Resource Management: Oversee the planning and organization of infrastructure, personnel, and allocated funds.
  • Research Support: Facilitate and support research and technology development in animal sciences, particularly in livestock research projects.
  • Administration: Manage financial, personnel, asset, and provisioning aspects of the facility.
  • Governance: Allocate, control, and report on all resources to ensure effective management and compliance.


  • Knowledge:
    • Livestock farming with different species (e.g., sheep, dairy, beef, ostriches).
    • Infrastructure requirements for livestock research projects.
    • General farming management, including transport and personnel needs.
    • Livestock farming requirements, such as handling facilities, water reticulation, and fencing.
  • Skills:
    • Technical farm-related skills.
    • Decision-making and problem-solving.
    • Team leadership and people management.
    • Computer literacy (including Microsoft Office).
    • Effective communication and networking.
    • Conflict and change management.


  • Salary: R 444,036 per annum (Salary level 9)
  • Benefits: Service benefits or obligations for qualifying employees (medical assistance, housing assistance, pension-fund contributions, etc.) are funded or co-funded per applicable prescripts or collective agreements.

How to Apply

Click on the link to apply for the Facility Manager at Western Cape Department of Agriculture

Application Notes

  • Verification: Shortlisted candidates must submit documentation for verification and undergo criminal record vetting. They may also need to attend interviews and competency assessments.
  • Employment Reference: By applying, you consent to the Western Cape Government contacting your previous employers for employment references, including disciplinary records and reasons for leaving.
  • Application Support: For technical support with your online application, contact the helpline at 086 137 0214 (Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 16:00). For other queries, contact the enquiries person listed in the advert.
  • Application Deadline: Ensure your application is submitted before the closing date as late applications will not be considered.

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The position of Facility Manager in Animal Science at the Department of Agriculture offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the advancement of agricultural practices in the Western Cape. This role is crucial for the coordination and development of research initiatives aimed at improving farming efficiency.

If you meet the minimum requirements and are passionate about agricultural research and livestock management, we encourage you to apply before the closing date on 17 June 2024.