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SANBI Groen Sebenza Phase II Internships Programme (X1050 posts) – APPLY NOW

The Groen Sebenza Phase II Programme is a bridging into work programme funded to the value of R300m for the next three years.

GS Phase II aims to recruit 1050 unemployed graduates (diploma – PhD level) and place them nationally in different organisations (government and non-governmental) where they will be incubated (trained and mentored) to further develop their competence and confidence in the management of environment/biodiversity.

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Candidates holding higher qualifications than the ones stated in the above fields may apply, however only remuneration stated per field will be applicable.


The programme goals;

  • Enable workplace-based learning for graduates aimed at building and strengthening their capacity at various levels.
  • Creation of job opportunities and possible permanent placement beyond funding.
  • Transformation and organizational strengthening – strengthen different organizational development aspects including transformation in its totality, mentoring, proactive skills and planning to better respond to organizational mandates and other national priorities.
  • Research informed – through research, develop a ‘live’ skills intelligence system that will enable the sector to proactively plan for skills development and track and trace the utilization of the developed skills. – Environmental Management – Environmental Sciences – Conservation Ecology – Marine Biology – Oceanography

The programme aims to give 1 050 unemployed and *underemployed youth the opportunity to gain meaningful workplace experience in the biodiversity / environmental sector through a structured programme based on the “incubator model” which involves intensive mentoring, together with skills development and training opportunities for a period of two (2) years.  The programme will target graduates. The appointed young professionals will be placed with over 80 host organisations for the duration of the project.

Who are the participating organisations and government departments and what numbers of ‘young professionals’ they will be hosting?

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is pleased to announce a call for applications for incubation in the following organisations:

#ProvinceHost OrganisationLink to WebsiteFieldsNo of Interns Required
1.Eastern CapeAlbany Museum, Department of Freshwater Invertebrateswww.am.org.zaFreshwater biodiversity and conservation, water quality and systematics.1
Buffelspruit Nature Reservehttps://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=585828271431754 Game management, Law enforcement, Environmental Education, Natural Resource.2
Coega Development Corporationwww.coega.co.zaSafety, Health, Environmental & Quality, Sustainable development.3
GEMM Leadership Academyhttps://ko-kr.facebook.com/
Conservation and environment(recycling, horticulture, landscaping)2
Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agencyvisiteasterncape.co.zaBiodiversity & Conservation field (Head Office & Reserves), Scientific Services, Destination Tourism, People and Parks and Stakeholder Engagement, Legal.40
Elundini Local Municipalitywww.elundini.gov.zaEducation & awareness, Clearing of alien Invasive species, Wetland protection, removal of waste & conservation of water sources.15
Kouga Local Municipalitywww.kouga.gov.zaEducation & awareness, Biodiversity & protected areas2
Winnie Madikizela Mandela Local Municipalitywww.winniemmlm.gov.zaEnvironmental Education, EIA, Coastal Management and Maintenance of nurseries.3
2.Free StateFree State Province Department: Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairswww.destea.gov.zaNature conservation and Environmental management20
3.GautengAgricultural Research Council – Plant Health and Protectionwww.arc.agric.za/arc-ppri/Pages/ARC-PPRI-Homepage.aspxBiodiversity Management5
BirdLife South Africawww.birdlife.org.zaAvifaunal conservation (Landscape Programme) and within the Empowering People and community conservation field3
City of Ekurhuleniwww.ekurhuleni.gov.zaClimate Change,  Water Resource Management, Project Management,  Environmental Engineering, Waste operations,  Landfill Management,  Environmental GIS, Social Geography, Environmental Education, Horticulture, Environmental Law, Environmental Compliance and Impact Management20
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)www.csir.co.zaGIS and RS Remote Sensing? of freshwater and estuarine realms1
Delta Built Environment Consultantdeltabec.comEnvironmental Science (Environmental Assessment Practitioner work)3
Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environmentwww.dffe.gov.zaEcologist30
Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA)eapasa.org/siteEnvironmental Science and Management.7
Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Developmentprovincialgovernment.co.za/
Nature conservation and Environmental management, Climate Change, Biodiversity Management, Environmental Education, Air Quality, Waste Management and Impact Management.25
IUCNwww.iucn.orgBiodiversity and Conservation, Climate Change and Resilience.2
Johannesburg City Parks & Zoowww.jhbcityparksandzoo.comIntegrated Catchment Management Nature Conservation Environmental Management /Science.3
Khuselindalo South Africa NPC  T/A  Conservation South Africawww.khuselindalo.co.zaScience communication, Biodiversity stewardship  within communal rangelands, project development and design, Project management and evaluation.25
Plantago Lanceolata Pty Ltdsahris.sahra.org.za/
Wetland delineations, Ecological studies, EIA and Water Use License Applications.1
Prime Africawww.primeafrica.netEnvironmental science.1
SANParkswww.sanparks.orgConservation Biodiversity, Eco tourism and Socio Economic Transformation.100
Sibayeni Metrofarminghttps://www.facebook.com/
South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)www.sanbi.orgScientific research & assessments, biosystematics, policy advise and planning, conservation, environmental education and empowerment, project management.121
The Endangered Wildlife Trustwww.ewt.org.zaConservation Strategy, Conservation Standards and Miradi Monitoring & Evaluation.1
The GreenMatter Partnership NPCwww.greenmatterza.comEnvironmental education, intern/fellow coordination, project leadership and management.3
Tshegofentse facilities & engineeringwww.tshegofentse.co.zaEnvironmental management, waste management, water & waste treatment engineering,  sales & marketing, accounting.3
Tshikovha Green and Climate Change Advocates Pty Ltdes Pty Ltdwww.climateadvocates.co.zaEnvironmental Impact Assessment, Waste Programmes, Mining Applications, Environmental Education and Awareness.8
University of South Africawww.unisa.ac.za/sites/
Agricultural Economics, Botany and Zoology.3
Wildlife Ranching South Africa (WRSA)www.wrsa.co.zaBiodiversity Management, Monitoring and Planning.21
4.KwaZulu-NatalDuzi-uMngeni Conservation Trustwww.duct.org.zaGIS, any water related field of study, geographical studies, social sciences, environmental education, water quality, organisational development, environmental journalism, project management.5
Eco-Pulse Consultingwww.eco-pulse.co.zaWetland management1
eThekwini Municipalitywww.durban.gov.zaBiodiversity Planning and Biodiversity Impact Assessment.8
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlifewww.kznwildlife.comBiodiversity Conservation20
Humana People to People in South Africa (HPPSA)www.hpp-sa.orgEnvironment8
Institute of Natural Resources NPCinr.org.zaResearch, collecting ecological data.Interpret quantitative and qualitative data related to environmental parameters.2
KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairswww.kznedtea.gov.zaClimate Change Management and Waste Management.2
Mahlathini Development Foundationwww.mahlathini.orgCommunity based climate change adaptation, agriculture, rural development, hydrology and or soil science, engineering, agricultural economics, geography and environmental sciences.1
uMgungundlovu District Municipalityumdm.gov.zaManagement and implementation responsibility for climate change, waste or resource management to build a circular or green economy and environmental management of water, sanitation and disaster risk reduction.2
University of Zululandwww.unizulu.ac.zaGeography or environmental education1
WESSA ‘The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa’wessa.org.zaEnvironmental Education, Environmental Education resource development, Research, Environmental governance and advocacy.30
WILDTRUST (Wildlands Conservation Trust)wildtrust.co.zaDesign Sustainability Leadership Journey events. Reserve maintenance and management support. Supervising field guides & camp staff. Restoration project planning. Field mapping. Vegetation and wildlife monitoring. Youth supervision. Patrols. Design and preparation of content of educational materials. Training of staff and youth employed to deliver workshops. Community engagement. Surveillance monitoring & tracking. GIS Mapping. Biodiversity surveys and monitoring. Support and train whale time guides. Conduct and facilitate survey and monitoring activities. Development of whale-based tourism products.19
5.LimpopoKruger to Canyons Biosphere Region Non-Profit Companykruger2canyons.orgCatchment Management Team, Community Science Monitoring and Training of Environmental monitors.3
Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourismwww.ledet.gov.zaProvincial protected areas management, biodiversity management, environmental impact management, integrated pollution and waste management, environmental compliance and enforcement, and environmental empowerment services.30
Mabula Ground Hornbill Projectground-hornbill.org.zaConservation rearing facility; animal husbandry, ex-situ settings, ex-situ research. Monitoring of the species at the primary re-introduction sites; field skills, monitoring, research, stakeholder engagement. Aid with the education programme.1
Southern African Wildlife Collegewildlifecollege.org.zaProject Coordinator support and facilitation at regional and cluster level. Training and facilitation of capacity development of Community Engagement Teams in Transfrontier Conservation Areas.2
University of Vendawww.univen.ac.zaAssist in GIS analysis, participate in GIS Unit research and community engagement projects. Data collection and analyses in plant ecologic projects (savanna restoration, invasive alien plants impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services). Running laboratory trials on invasive alien plants seed ecology and allelopathy. Assist in the running of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve projects.1
Waterberg Biosphere Reserve NPCen.unesco.org/
Environmental Education1
6.MpumalangaAfrica Green Earth Projects NPCpetco.co.za/members/africa-green-earth-projects-npcWaste Recovery/Recycling  and River stream clean-up.7
City of Mbombelawww.mbombela.gov.zaClimate change, waste management, Nature conservation.2
Green Prince Foundation NPCwww.developmentaid.org/
Zoology, Herpetology, Water Resources, and Environmental Education.5
Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agencywww.mpumalanga.comNature conservation10
Sabi Sand Nature Reservewww.sabisabi.comEcotourism & Conservation4
7.Northern CapeDepartment of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs, Rural Development and Land Reform (DAERL)provincialgovernment.co.za/units/view/85/northern-cape/agriculture-environmental-affairs-rural-development-and-land-reformAir Quality Management and Ecology4
Indigo development and changeindigo-dc.orgBiodiversity conservation & Ecosystem based Adaptation, capacity development.1
Namakwa District Municipalitywww.namakwa-dm.gov.zaEnvironmental Management/Sciences2
Pixley Ka Seme District Municipalitywww.pksdm.gov.zaResearch, site visit and report writing.2
8.North-WestNorth West Provincial Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourismwww.nwpg.gov.zaBotany, Environmental Education and Awareness.2
University of Witwatersrandwww.wits.ac.zaResearch5
9.Western CapeBotanical Societybotanicalsociety.org.zaResearch, fieldwork.10
CapeNaturewww.capenature.co.zaBiodiversity Science: Taxon science (birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, plants, mammals), Systematic conservation planning.5
Contour Training Academy t/a Contour Enviro Groupwww.contourenviro.co.zaCatchment management. Education. Conservation Training.2
George Municipalitywww.george.gov.za Biodiversity and Conservation, Environmental Management and Education.2
Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reservewww.gouritz.comGIS, social and scientific research, climate change project management, stakeholder engagement.5
Knysna Municipalitywww.knysna.gov.zaHorticulture and Invasive Plant Management.1
Happy by Naturehappybynature.comCultivation and propagation of indigenous medicine plants; managing indigenous retail nursery; creating indigenous gardens; training of healthcare professionals, adults and children.1
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability-Africa NPCwww.iclei.org.zaEnvironmental Science (Climate Change, Energy, Circularity, Biodiversity, etc), Project Management.1
Koffeekraal Uitspan0217125010Research into the effect and consequence of Veld Fires.2
Laingsburg Local Municipalitywww.laingsburg.gov.zaEnvironmental Education, Project Management, Environmental Management and Planning, Greening and Beautifying.3
Langeberg Municipalitywww.langeberg.gov.zaEnvironmental management, Parks and Amenities.2
Lourens Holdings (PTY) Ltd Surveying of densities, contract management, training monitoring.2
Nature’s Valley Trustwww.naturesvalleytrust.co.zaHorticulture1
NCC Environmental Servicesncc-group.co.zaNature Conservation or Communication.4
Nguni Nurserywww.nguninursery.co.zaHorticulture, Ecology, Crop Production, Human Resources.2
Ohana Environmental Consultants & Projectsohanaenviro.co.zaEnvironmental Impact Assessment Planning & Aquatic Assessments that include Risk Assessments.2
SA Trails Network NPCwww.satrails.co.zaConservation & transport5
South African Education Project (SAEP)www.saep.org.zaEnvironmental Education; Environmental Advocacy; Monitoring and Evaluation.7
Stellenbosch Universitywww.sun.ac.zaGIS, Wetland Science1
Stellenbosch University Botanical Gardenwww.sun.ac.zaBotany, especially with conservation interest; Science Communication;  Horticulture or Plant Biotechnology; Landscape Architecture; Horticulture.1
University of the Western Capewww.uwc.ac.zaSupport for the rivers’ component of the National Biodiversity Assessment.1
Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planningwww.westerncape.gov.zaBiodiversity and Coastal Management.4

How do I qualify for this placement opportunity?

The programme is aimed at unemployed young South African graduates.

Additional Requirements

  • Must be a SA citizen.
  • Young unemployed and underemployed professionals between the ages of 18 and 35.
  • Innovative, dynamic and creative
  • A commitment to career development in the environmental/biodiversity sector.
  • Must hold a relevant qualification as per minimum requirement advertised.
  • People with disabilities are also encouraged to apply.

NB: Opportunities are available in all provinces including provincial environmental departments, entities, municipalities, NGOs, private sector and Universities as per the first table in this document.

Internship monthly stipend values (no other benefits apply as these are internship positions)

Qualification Stipend
DiplomaR6 082
BScR7 359
HonoursR8 697
MScR10 035
PhDR12 035

Candidates holding higher qualifications than advertised, may apply, however, remuneration is capped as per minimum requirements advertised.

How to apply?

To apply please visit the participating host organisations’ websites on the links provided in the table above:

The following documentation should accompany your submission:

  • One page letter of interest – this is not a reference letter (your letter of interest must indicate why you should be considered for the internship)
  • Full CV/ resume
  • Valid certified copies of highest qualification/academic record/transcript (certified copies should not be older than six months)
  • ID (certified as a true copy and should not be older than six months)

Contact details

Groen Sebenza Project Management Unit

012 843 5101

Closing date: As per the advert of host organisations

*Underemployed refers to youth employed in another sector than the one they studied for as per the above listed fields.

SANBI reserves the right not to fill these internships. If no response has been received within 40 days of the closing date, candidates may assume that their applications were unsuccessful.