The Groen Sebenza Phase II Programme aims to recruit 1050 unemployed South African graduates (from Diploma to PhD level) and place them nationally in different organisations (government and non-governmental).

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Environmental/Biodiversity organisations are hiring 1050 graduates

N.B. Candidates are encouraged to visit the websites of the listed organisations. Please exercise a bit of patience, as some hosts are still in the process of preparing their adverts. In case of any challenges, kindly contact the Groen Sebenza Project Management Office (Tel.: 012 843 5101).

The Groen Sebenza Phase II Programme is a bridging into work programme funded to the value of R300 million for the next three years. GS Phase II aims to recruit 1050 unemployed graduates (from Diploma to 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.

The programme goals are:

  1. Enable workplace-based learning for graduates aimed at building and strengthening their capacity at various levels.
  2. Creation of job opportunities and possible permanent placement beyond funding
  1. Transformation and organisational strengthening – strengthen different organisational development aspects including transformation in its totality, mentoring, proactive skills and planning to better respond to organisational mandates and other national priorities.
  2. 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 utilisation of the developed skills.

What does this internship opportunity entail?

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 biodiversity and conservation, water quality and systematics.1
Buffelspruit Nature Reserve Game management, Law enforcement, Environmental Education, Natural Resource.2
Coega Development, Health, Environmental & Quality, Sustainable development.3
GEMM Leadership Academy and environment(recycling, horticulture, landscaping)2
Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism & Conservation field (Head Office & Reserves), Scientific Services, Destination Tourism, People and Parks and Stakeholder Engagement, Legal.40
Elundini Local & awareness, Clearing of alien Invasive species, Wetland protection, removal of waste & conservation of water sources.15
Kouga Local & awareness, Biodiversity & protected areas2
Winnie Madikizela Mandela Local Education, EIA, Coastal Management and Maintenance of nurseries.3
2.Free StateFree State Province Department: Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental conservation and Environmental management20
3.GautengAgricultural Research Council – Plant Health and Management5
BirdLife South conservation (Landscape Programme) and within the Empowering People and community conservation field3
City of 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) 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
Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA) Science and Management.7
Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural 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 Africa pageScience communication, Biodiversity stewardship  within communal rangelands, project development and design, Project management and evaluation.25
Plantago Lanceolata Pty 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 Metrofarming
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 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 & management, waste management, water & waste treatment engineering,  sales & marketing, accounting.3
Tshikovha Green and Climate Change Advocates Pty Ltdes Pty Impact Assessment, Waste Programmes, Mining Applications, Environmental Education and Awareness.8
University of South Economics, Botany and Zoology.3
Wildlife Ranching South Africa (WRSA) Management, Monitoring and Planning.21
4.KwaZulu-NatalDuzi-uMngeni Conservation Trust033 345 7571GIS, any water related field of study, geographical studies, social sciences, environmental education, water quality, organisational development, environmental journalism, project management.5
Eco-Pulse management1
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlifewww.kznwildlife.comBiodiversity Conservation20
Humana People to People in South Africa (HPPSA)www.hpp-sa.orgEnvironment8
Institute of Natural Resources, collecting ecological data.Interpret quantitative and qualitative data related to environmental parameters.2
KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental 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 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 or environmental education1
WESSA ‘The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa’ Education, Environmental Education resource development, Research, Environmental governance and advocacy.30
WILDTRUST (Wildlands Conservation Trust) 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 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 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 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 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 Education1
6.MpumalangaAfrica Green Earth Projects Recovery/Recycling  and River stream clean-up.7
City of change, waste management, Nature conservation.2
Green Prince Foundation, 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) Quality Management and Ecology4
Indigo development and changeindigo-dc.orgBiodiversity conservation & Ecosystem based Adaptation, capacity development.1
Namakwa District Management/Sciences2
Pixley Ka Seme District, site visit and report writing.2
8.North WestNorth West Provincial Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism018 388 2456Botany, Environmental Education and Awareness.2
University of
9.Western CapeBotanical, fieldwork.10 Science: Taxon science (birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, plants, mammals), Systematic conservation planning.5
Contour Training Academy t/a Contour Enviro management. Education. Conservation Training.2
George 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 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 Science (Climate Change, Energy, Circularity, Biodiversity, etc), Project Management.1
Koffeekraal Uitspan0217125010Research into the effect and consequence of Veld Fires.2
Laingsburg Local Education, Project Management, Environmental Management and Planning, Greening and Beautifying.3
Langeberg management, Parks and Amenities.2
Lourens Holdings (PTY) Ltd of densities, contract management, training monitoring.2
Nature’s Valley
NCC Environmental Conservation or Communication.4
Nguni, Ecology, Crop Production, Human Resources.2
Ohana Environmental Consultants & Impact Assessment Planning & Aquatic Assessments that include Risk Assessments.2
SA Trails Network & transport5
South African Education Project (SAEP) Education; Environmental Advocacy; Monitoring and Evaluation.7
Stellenbosch, Wetland Science1
Stellenbosch University Botanical, especially with conservation interest; Science Communication;  Horticulture or Plant Biotechnology; Landscape Architecture; Horticulture.1
Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development 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
Tel.: 012 843 5101

*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.

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