Assistant Laboratory Technologist (Taxonomy)

Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI)

Job Summary

The Institute wishes to recruit dynamic, result-oriented and self driven persons to fill the above vacant position.

  • Minimum Qualification: Diploma
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 2 years

Job Description/Requirements

Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) is a State Corporation established in 1986 with obligation to undertake forest research, generate and promote improved technologies for sustainable management, conservation and development of forest and allied natural resources.

JOB DESCRIPTIONS AND PERSON SPECIFICATIONS FOR VACANT POSTS

17. ASSISTANT TECHNOLOGIST (TAXONOMY): KEFRI 9

a) Duties and Responsibilities

• Participate in species identification and naming
• Assist in collecting, preparing, pressing and drying specimens;
• Mount herbarium voucher specimen on mounting board
• Assist in maintaining and preserving specimens and cultures;
• Recording experimental data;
• Keeping and maintaining laboratory records;
• Train and supervise students on attachment and staff in the unit;
• Carry out demonstrations for clients and visitors;
• Assist in ensuring that all scientific work in KEFRI is performed with correctly named plants;
• Undertake vegetation surveys, tree inventory and tree labelling
• Assist in compiling a checklists and distribution maps of tree species
• Assist in conservation, inventory and mapping of vegetation resources;
• Participate in depositing in KEFRI herbarium; voucher specimens permitting future checking;
• Assist in maintaining and developing KEFRI herbarium;
• Assist in data collection, preparation and analyses;
• Supervise interns and students on attachment; and
• Any other duty as assigned from time to time.

b) Requirements for Appointment
i) Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum grade “C-” (C Minus) or its equivalent qualification from a recognized institution;
ii) Diploma in Applied Biology from a recognized institution;
iii) Working experience in a herbarium field is an added advantage; and
iv) Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognised institution.

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