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SANBI: Groen Sebenza Internships Programme 2021 / 2022

SANBI Invites Unemployed Graduates to Apply for the Groen Sebenza Internships Programme 2021 / 2022

Closing Date: 26 October 2021
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: South Africa

Job Description


Groen Sebenza is aimed at developing priority skills in the biodiversity sector to create sustainable job opportunities for unemployed graduates for a period of 2-3 years. Groen Sebenza 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) invites applications from suitably qualified graduates to apply for internships in the below-mentioned fields.

Minimum Requirements:


  • Candidates must be enthusiastic and have a keen interest in biodiversity conservation.
  • The opportunity is aimed at unemployed and underemployed youth (18- 35).
  • People with disabilities are also encouraged to apply.

NB. Underemployed refers to youth employed in any sector than the one they studied for.

The following Internship opportunities are open for applications:


Eastern Cape Interns

Department: Department of Economic Development Environmental Affairs and Tourism

Location: Bisho

Requirements: BSC / BTech in the Natural Science field. Remote Sensing qualification


Free State Interns

Department: Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs

Location: Bloemfontein

Bachelor’s Degree or an Equivalent Qualification in:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Management

Gauteng Interns

Department: Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Location: Johannesburg

Bachelor’s Degree or an Equivalent Qualification in:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Management

KwaZulu-Natal Interns

Department: Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs

Location: Pietermaritzburg/Durban

Relevant 3 or 4 year Degree / B.Tech in:

  • Environmental Management,
  • Natural Sciences
  • Meteorology / Climatology
  • or equivalent qualification

Limpopo Interns

Department: Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism

Location: Polokwane

Bachelor’s Degree or an Equivalent Qualification in:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Management
  • Climate Science
  • Developmental Studies
  • or related areas

Mpumalanga Interns

Department: Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs

Location: Nelspruit, Mbombela

Bachelor in:

  • Environmental Science or 
  • Natural Science

Northern Cape​​​​​​​ Interns

Department: Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs, Rural Development and Land Reform

Location: Kimberley

Bachelor’s Degree or an Equivalent Qualification in:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Management

North West​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Interns

Department: North West Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism

Location: Potchefstroom, with intervals in Mahikeng.

Appropriate 4 year degree/honours in:

  • Environmental Management or
  • Environmental Sciences.

Interest in enrolling for an M.Sc. Degree in Climate Change at the NWU during the internship period


Western Cape​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Interns

Department: Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning

Location: Cape Town

Honours or equivalent 4-year degree in:

  • Environmental sciences,
  • Built environment
  • or Social sciences that included a climate change component

National Sector Departments

Cape Town​​​​​​​ Biodiversity Sector Interns

Department: South African National Biodiversity Institute (Adaptation Policy and Resourcing Division)

Location: Cape Town

Degree in:

  • Communications,
  • Marketing,
  • Public Relations
  • Journalism

Pretoria​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Biodiversity Sector Interns

Department: South African National Biodiversity Institute (BEPE Directorate)

Location: Pretoria

Masters degree in: 

  • Environmental Management /
  • Science /
  • Nature Conservation and a certificate in Project Management.

Environment​​​​​​​ Sector Interns

Department: Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (Climate change and Air Quality Branch)

Location: Pretoria

Degree/Honours or equivalent four(4) year Degree in:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Management

Agriculture​​​​​​​ Sector Interns

Department: Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Location: Pretoria

Degree/Honours or equivalent four(4) year Degree in:

  • Natural/Agricultural / Climate Sciences
  • Disaster Risk Mangement
  • Environmental Sciences

Health​​​​​​​ Sector Interns

Department: Department of Health

Location: Pretoria

National Diploma B.Tech /Bachelor in:

  • Environmental Health

Disaster Management​​​​​​​ Sector Interns

Department: National Department of Cooperative Governance: National Disaster Management Centre

Location: Pretoria

Honours or equivalent four year Degree in:

  • Climate science
  • Disaster Risk Science
  • Environmental Sciences

Science and Innovation Sector​​​​​​​ Interns

Department: National Department of Science and Innovation

Location: Pretoria

Honours or equivalent four-year degree/diploma in:

  • Environmental Management/Sciences,
  • Natural sciences

Water and Sanitation​​​​​​​ Sector Interns

Department: Department of Water and Sanitation

Location: Pretoria

Honours or equivalent 4-year degree in:

  • Hydrology,
  • Water resource management,
  • Climatology,
  • Meteorology,
  • Environmental sciences,
  • Social sciences that included a climate change component

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

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

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