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SANBI invites Horticulture, Nature Conservation and Ecotourism students to apply for this programme!


Closes: Monday, 8 May 2023 Stipend: R3 575.75 Duration: 6 months contract Location: South Africa Duration: 1 July 2023 to 31 December 2023

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), in partnership with the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) is calling on second- and third-year students studying Horticulture, Nature Conservation and Ecotourism to apply for work-integrated learning placement. Placement will be from 1 July 2023 to 31 December 2023, duration will only be 6 months. Opportunities include:

Field of study: Horticulture

Locations: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town, Kwelera National Botanical Garden, East London, Lowveld National Botanical Garden, Nelspruit, Pretoria National Botanical Garden, Thohoyandou National Botanical Garden, Walter Sisulu, National Botanical Garden, Roodepoort Work areas:

  • Garden planning, development and maintenance

  • Plant propagation and collection management

  • Plant identification, inventory & accessioning

Field of Study: Nature Conservation

Location: National Zoological Gardens, Pretoria

Work areas:

  • Animal care and feeding duties.

  • Enclosure cleaning and maintenance

  • Breeding and conservation programmes

  • Animal capture activities

  • Environmental enrichment activities and animal conditioning training

Field of study: Ecotourism

Location: National Zoological Gardens, Pretoria

Work areas:

  • Biodiversity interpretation

  • Biodiversity monitoring

  • Marketing and Tourism in ecotourism

  • Customer satisfaction surveys

Requirements: Second- and third-year Horticulture, Nature Conservation and Ecotourism students who are self-motivated and enthusiastic are encouraged to apply. Good grades will be a strong advantage. Students who have already graduated need not apply.


Please complete this application form and submit the following documents (incomplete applications will not be considered):

  • A letter of interest

  • A CV

  • Your goals while training at SANBI

  • Letter of recommendation from lecturers/supervisors

  • Letter from university stating that you need to complete work-integrated learning (letter must be current)

  • Certified copies of your results

  • Certified copy of your ID

Please submit your application to and Subject: SANBI / DFFE WIL placement July 2023.

Contact details: Mr Bulelani Mgodeli

Candidates will be expected to be available for interviews on dates and times as determined by SANBI. SANBI reserves the right not to fill these positions. If no response has been received within 21 days of the closing date, candidates may assume that their applications were unsuccessful.


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