Groen Sebenza (GS) Phase II: 2024 Internship Programme x36 posts

Job Summary

Applications are now open for the Groen Sebenza (GS) Phase II: 2024 Internship Programme x36 posts.

Closing date: Friday, 23 February 2024

Location: South Africa

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is pleased to announce a call for applications for Groen Sebenza (GS) Phase II Internship Programme 2024.

Monthly stipend amounts

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

Qualification Stipend
DiplomaR6 082
Bachelor’sR7 359
HonoursR8 697
Master’sR10 035

Candidates holding higher qualifications than the ones stated in the ’Required Qualification’ column may apply, however, only remuneration stated per field will be applied.

About Groen Sebenza (GS) Phase II Programme

The Groen Sebenza (GS) Phase II Programme is a bridging into work programme for the next ten months. GS Phase II aims to recruit 1050 unemployed graduates (Diploma – Doctoral 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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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 phase II.

  • Transformation and organisational strengthening – strengthen different organizational development aspects including transformation in its totality, mentoring, proactive skills, and planning to better respond to organisational 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 utilisation of the developed skills.

Available Opportunities

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

Directorate/Division/ ProgrammeFieldLocation (where the Intern will be based)Required QualificationNumber required
Biodiversity Research, Assessment and Monitoring, Directorate on Biodiversity EvidenceEarly Detection and Rapid response ResearchEast London (Vincent offices)  BSc Honours in Natural sciences/ Botany/ Ecological sciences/ Nature Conservation 1
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ND or B-Tech in Nature Conservation/ BSc or related in Environmental Management / Biodiversity related field.1R6 082or R7 359
Pretoria National Botanical Garden MSc in Natural sciences/ Botany/ Ecological sciences1R10 035 
Thohoyandou National Botanical Garden MSc in Zoology/ Ecology2R10 035 
Biodiversity Education & Public EngagementEnvironmental EducationWalter Sisulu National Botanical GardenNational Diploma in the Environmental / Conservation field2
Pretoria National Botanical Garden National Diploma in the Environmental / Conservation field1R6 082 
National Infrastructure Programme Built EnvironmentKZN Herbarium; Kwelera National Botanical Garden and Pretoria National Botanical GardenNational Diploma inCivil Engineering, Construction Management or Building Science3
National Botanical GardenNational Botanical GardenKwelera National Botanical GardenDiploma Nature Conservation1
Foundational BiodiversitySciencePlant taxonomyCompton Herbarium, Cape townBSc in Biological Sciences2
Walter Sisulu UniversityBSc Honours in Natural/ Biological sciences (plants)1R8 697
National Zoological Garden Ecotourism Pretoria National Zoological Garden Diploma/Advanced Diploma (Degree) in Ecotourism/ Tourism/ Tourism Management 3
Animal HospitalPretoria National Zoological Garden National Diploma in Veterinary Technology/ BHSc in Veterinary Technology1R6 082or R7 359or R8 697
Environmental Education Pretoria National Zoological Garden BSc Environmental Management/ Life Sciences/ Zoology/ Biology7R7 359 
Mokopane Biodiversity Conservation CentreBSc Botany and or Zoology/ BEd (Life Sciences), orBSc with a Higher Diploma in Education2R7 359or R8 697
Human ResourceCapacity Development Support Pretoria National Botanical GardenNational Diploma/Bachelor’s or Honours or PGD in Human Resources Development / Management/Training and Development1
National Diploma / B-Tech / Degree / Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Relations/ LLB Degree  2R6 082 orR7 359 orR8 697
Kirstenbosch NBGHonours or PGD in Human Resources Development / Management/Training and Development 1R6 082orR7 359orR8 697
Strategic Coordination and OversightPerformance Monitoring and Evaluation Pretoria National Botanical GardenNational Diploma / Degree/ Honours in Public Administration/ Business Administration/ Management studies1
Groen Sebenza Project Management Unit Project CoordinationPretoria National Botanical Garden and Kirstenbosch National Botanical GardenNational Diploma or Degree in Environmental Management/Sciences/ Project Management Modules/certificates in Project Management will be an added advantage2
National Diploma / Bachelor’s in Public Administration/ Business Administration/ Management studies1R6 082orR7 359 


  • 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 qualifications mentioned in table above.
  • People with disabilities are also encouraged to apply.
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* Underemployed refers to youth employed in any sector than the one they studied for as per the above listed fields.

How to Apply

Application procedure:

Each application is to be accompanied by a standard online application using this link to the form

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)

Candidates are requested to upload the required documentation online when completing the standard application form.

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.

Contact details:
Ms Viwe Balfour:


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