The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) is hiring for x4537 Assistant Agricultural Practitioners Posts.

DEADLINE: 04 November 2022


SALARY:     Salary Level 4 (R16 824.00) (Contract appointment for a period of three months)


  • PROVINCIAL OFFICE: GAUTENG: 447 POSITIONS (Reference: 3/2/1/2022/616)
  • PROVINCIAL OFFICE: NORTH WEST: 250 POSITIONS (Reference: 3/2/1/2022/617)
  • PROVINCIAL OFFICE: MPUMALANGA: 750 POSITIONS (Reference: 3/2/1/2022/618)
  • PROVINCIAL OFFICE: LIMPOPO: 820 POSITIONS (Reference: 3/2/1/2022/619)
  • PROVINCIAL OFFICE: FREE STATE: 300 POSITIONS (Reference: 3/2/1/2022/620)
  • PROVINCIAL OFFICE: KWAZULU-NATAL: 750 POSITIONS (Reference: 3/2/1/2022/621)
  • PROVINCIAL OFFICE: EASTERN CAPE: 820 POSITIONS (Reference: 3/2/1/2022/622)
  • PROVINCIAL OFFICE: WESTERN CAPE: 200 POSITIONS (Reference: 3/2/1/2022/623)
  • PROVINCIAL OFFICE: NORTHERN CAPE: 200 POSITIONS (Reference: 3/2/1/2022/624)


The minimum educational qualification is a three-year Diploma in Agriculture (NQF level 6). Applicants are required to register with the professional council/body such as the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) or any other relevant statutory professional body, however, those who are not registered are encouraged to apply for the positions, as they will be given an opportunity to apply for registration within 45 days of assumption of duty. Applicants are required to have: knowledge of extension methodology, good communication skills (verbal and written), basic reporting skills, a basic-level ability of public speaking, understanding of group dynamics and the ability to communicate with clients and farmers. Applicants must be prepared to physically visit farmers (farms or projects) within the areas where they will be placed.


To assist in rendering general agricultural advice to internal and external clients to ensure sustainable development. Assist in demonstration of farming methods, to ensure efficient utilisation of resources like soil, water, veld, money and others. Assist in organising farmers’ days, information sessions, etc. Assist in conducting farm visits and use visitation tools for impact assessment and the development of farm business plans. Source technical and functional inputs from specialists as required by producers. Assist to provide clients with information concerning financial assistance. To assist in providing technical support on all agricultural projects, food security initiatives and land development support programmes and assist with planning, advice, facilitating of training and after care. Assist in identification and mobilise interest groups to form entities or institutions. Assist in organising meetings to identify training needs. Assist to facilitate capacity building and provide aftercare. Assist to facilitate the development and implementation of business plans. Assist to establish and revive inactive projects. Assist to establish and maintain home gardens. To assist in promoting a pluralistic approach and partnership with relevant agricultural stakeholders and organised agriculture. Assist in gathering and analysing relevant information to assist with identification of problem areas and prioritisation thereof, e.g., conduct extension surveys. Conduct planning meetings. Assist to facilitate the establishment of cooperatives, farmer’s associations, interest groups etc. To assist in promotion of sustainable production of agricultural products. Facilitate the identification of real and perceived needs. Establish structures to address the needs identified. Assist in building capacity of clients in to enable them to fulfil their own needs. Assist in providing inputs for the implementation of best practice, technologies, and latest trends. Support the implementation of programs. Assist in evaluating the success / effectiveness of production systems. Provide continuous support to ensure sustained production. Provide administrative and related functions. Study technological advances and best practices to enable him / her to perform the extension function according to the required standards. Keep relevant database up to date (including a register of farms within area of operation). Compile and submit monthly and quarterly reports. Comply with the Public Service prescripts, departmental policies, procedures, technologies, and new developments to be able to render an efficient and effective extension services. Safe keeping of physical assets (where applicable).


The applicants should be available to work on a three-month contract ending 31 March 2023. Any renewal will be in the sole discretion of the department and no expectation of renewal is created. Candidates are encouraged to only apply within their own area and no duplicate applications will be considered. Preference will be given to youth, women and persons with disabilities. Contracts of applicants who fail to apply for registration within the prescribed timeframe will terminated.

ENQUIRIES             :


Please ensure that you submit your application before the closing date as no late applications will be considered. Due to the large number of applications the Department envisage to receive, receipt of applications will not be acknowledged. Should you not be contacted within three months of the closing date of the advertisement, please consider that your application was unsuccessful. Should, during any stage of the recruitment process, a moratorium be placed on the filling of posts, or the department gets affected by any process such as, but not limited to, restructuring or reorganisation of posts, the department reserves the right to cancel the recruitment process and re-advertise the post at any time in the future.


Applications can be posted to addresses below or hand delivered at any one of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development’s offices as indicated below. Applications for Gauteng can be submitted by post to: Private Bag X 09, Hatfield 0028 or Suncardia building, 6th floor, 524 Corner Stanza Bopape and Steve Biko Street, Arcadia, 0083. North West can be submitted by post to: Private Bag X 8, Mmabatho, 2735, Cnr James Moroka and Sekame Drive, West Gallery, Megacity, Mmabatho, 2735. Mpumalanga, Private Bag X11305, Mbombela, 1200 or hand delivered to: 17 Van Rensburg Street, Bateleur Office Park, 7th floor Block E, Mbombela, 1200. Limpopo can be submitted by post to: Private Bag X 9312, Polokwane, 007 or 61 Biccard Street, Polokwane 0700. Free State can be submitted by post to: Private Bag X 20803, Bloemfontein 9300 or 136 Charlotte Maxeke Street, Bloemfontein, 9300. KwaZulu-Natal can be submitted by post to: Private Bag X 9132, Pietermaritzburg, 3200 or 1st Floor, 270 Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg, 3200. Eastern Cape can be submitted by post to P.O. Box 1375, East London, 5200, 15 Coutts Street, Ocean Terrace, Block H, Quigney, East London, 5201. Western Cape can be submitted by post to: Private Bag X 10, Mowbray, 7710 or 14 Long Street, 1st Floor, Cape Town, 8001. Northern Cape can be submitted by post to P.O. Box 2458, Kimberley, 8300, Cnr Knight and Stead Street, New Public Building, 6th Floor, Kimberley, 8300.


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