SANBI: Internships (Nationwide)

Call for two year internships: 01 June 2021- 31 May 2023

Groen Sebenza is aimed at developing priority skills in the biodiversity sector to create sustainable job opportunities for unemployed graduates for a period of two years. Groen (in Afrikaans meaning green) Sebenza (meaning work in isiZulu) brings young South Africans from previously disadvantaged backgrounds together with experienced biodiversity professionals to learn, grow and eventually gain the competence and confidence to embark on rewarding and meaningful biodiversity careers.


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


1. (BEPE) Biodiversity Education & Public Engagement

Environmental and Science Education

Qualification: National Diploma/BA/BSc in Environmental/Conservation/ Education with Environmental Education specialization

Location: Betty’s Bay (Western Cape), Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Mbombela, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria, National Zooogical Garden, Walter Sisulu, Mokopane, Thohoyandou, Worcester (Western Cape).


2. (PAIM) Policy Advice Information & Management

2.1 Biodiversity Planning - Cape Town

BSc Honours in Environmental Management; Geographical Sciences or Natural Sciences


2.2 Biodiversity Information Management Cape Town

Qualification: BSc Honours in Environmental Sciences/Natural Sciences/Data Management (or relevant data-intensive discipline), BSc Honours in Computer Science/Information Technology, BSc Honours in Natural Sciences/Computer Science


2.3 Ecological Infrastructure - Cape Town, Pretoria

Qualification: BSc in Environmental Management/Natural Sciences, BSc Honours in Environmental, Management/Natural Sciences


2.4 Biodiversity Mainstreaming - Cape Town, Pretoria, Pietermaritzburg

Qualification: BSc in Environmental Management/Natural Sciences/Social Sciences, BSc Honours in Environmental Management/Natural Sciences/Social Sciences, BSc with a post graduate qualification in Project Management/Sustainability Science/ Economic Management Science


2.5 Planning and Land Use Management - Pretoria

Qualification: BSc in Environmental Management/Natural Sciences/Social Sciences/Urban & Regional Planning


3. (BRAM) Biodiversity Research Assessment and Monitoring

3.1 Molecular Ecology / Herpetology / Molecular Genetics - Cape Town

Qualification: BSc Honours in Biological Sciences (with Genetics), MSc in Genetics/Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology


3.2 Wildlife Economy / Biodiversity Economy - Pretoria

Qualification: MSc in Biological Sciences (with Biodiversity Conservation/Zoology / Wildlife Economy)


3.3 Threatened Plant Species - Durban, Johannesburg, Graskop (Mpumalanga)

Qualification: BSc Honours in Biological Sciences (with Botany)/ MSc in Biological Sciences / Environmental Sciences (with Biodiversity Conservation / Botany)


3.4 Restoration Ecology/Citizen Science - Cape Town

Qualification: BSc Honours in Biological Science (with Botany)/ MSc in Biological Science (with Biodiversity

Conservation / Botany)


3.5 Freshwater Ecology - Pretoria, Cape Town

Qualification: MSc in Biological Sciences (with Freshwater Ecology)


3.6 Ecology/Vegetation Ecology - Pretoria, Cape Town

Qualification: MSc in Biological/ Science (with Biodiversity Conservation) / Botany / Ecology)


3.7 GIS (National Biodiversity Assessment) - Cape Town

Qualification: MSc in Biological Sciences (with GIS/Botany


3.8 Invasives & GMO Assessments Cape Town

Qualification: BSc Honours in Natural Sciences/ BSc Honours in Marine Sciences


3.9 Biological Invasions - Cape Town, Bloemfontein, East London, Nelspruit, Pretoria, Stellenbosch, Thohoyandou

Qualification: BSc Honours in Biological Sciences (with Botany) / Environmental Sciences/ MSc in Biological Sciences / Environmental Sciences (with GIS)/ MSc in Biological Sciences (with Botany) / Environmental Sciences/ MSc in Biological Sciences / Environmental Management (with Invasion Biology, GIS, Taxonomy/Systematics)/ Post Graduate Qualification/ Masters in Project Management/ Honours in Natural Sciences/ MSc in Natural Science


4. (FBS) Foundation Biodiversity Systems

4.1 Forensic Genetics - Pretoria (National Zoological Gardens)

Qualification: MSc in Genetics/Zoology


4.2 Veterinary Sciences - Pretoria (National Zoological Gardens)

Qualification: BSc in Animal Health/Veterinary Technology


4.3 Wildlife Nutritionist - Pretoria (National Zoological Gardens)

Courses: BSc in Animal Nutrition / Animal Health


4.4 Animal Welfare - Pretoria (National Zoological Gardens)

Courses: Diploma in Animal Health with Higher Certificate in Animal Welfare


4.5 Plant Systematics - Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria

Qualification: BSc in Biological Sciences (with Botany)/ BSc Honours in Biological Sciences (with Botany)


4.6 Zoological Systematics - Pretoria

Qualification: BSc Honours in Biological Sciences (with Zoology)


5. (GC) Garden Conservation

Conservation / Botanical Horticulture / Eco Tourism - Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria, Thohoyandou, Mokopane, Worcester (Western Cape)

Qualification: Diploma in Nature Conservation/Horticulture/ Eco Tourism







Requirements Candidates must be enthusiastic and have a keen interest in biodiversity conservation. The opportunity is aimed at unemployed youth. People with disabilities are also encouraged to apply. Internship monthly stipend values (no other benefits apply as these are internship positions)

  • Diploma completed (or equivalent to NQF 6): R5 444.00

  • Bachelors completed (or equivalent to NQF 7): R6 588.00

  • Honours completed (or equivalent to NQF 8): R7 785.00

  • Masters completed (or equivalent to NQF 9): R8 983.00


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

Application procedure Each application is to be accompanied by a standard application cover sheet – see attached internship application cover sheet. Applications are to include a letter of interest (indicate the reason why you should be considered for the internship); full CV; certified copies of highest qualification/academic record/transcript; and ID (certification as a true copy should not be older than six months). Send all documents to groensebenza@sanbi.org.za with “Groen Sebenza III internships” in the subject line.

Contact details Ms. Zama Nzeru @ 012 843 5101

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. Click HERE to download Application cover sheet Closes: Monday, 22 March 2021 Time: 16:00 Location: South Africa

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