SANBI: Groen Sebenza II Internship Programme 2019

SANBI, or South African National Biodiversity Institute, spearheads and organizes research, observes and puts out reports on the condition of biodiversity in the region. The institute disseminates information and knowledge as well as provides policy advice and planning. In addition, SANBI initiates best practice management strategies with shareholders as it engages in ecosystem rehabilitation and restoration. SANBI also spearheads the manpower development of the industry and runs the National Botanical Garden.

Established in September, 2004, the institute came into being because of the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act No. 10 of 2004. SANBI”s mandate is to lead South Africa’s commitment to effective and sustained biodiversity management. Working in partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs including the biodiversity sector, SANBI is at the helm of the nation’s biodiversity research agenda.

SANBI is currently involved in South Africa’s biodiversity conservation research on reptiles, spiders and butterflies. They are also in the process of updating the Southern African Bird Atlas. This research project include field trips for data gathering and is open to public participation.

SANBI Internship Programmes

Internships are regularly offered at SANBI all throughout the year. These internships are designed to impart numerous learning opportunities and orientation, collaborating and networking with specialists, and lastly, formal and informal learning scenarios.

The internship programmes were launched in pursuit of the following objectives:

  • Provide participants with on-the-job skills and hands-on experience in the biological sciences
  • Prepare students pursuing further studies for an interesting career in research
  • Give students the chance to contribute in ongoing research projects
  • Allow SANBI the opportunity to assess student performance for permanent employment
  • Accelerate the progress of designated groups into prevailing biodiversity conservation opportunities

SANBI provides a number of internship opportunities to students, entry-level position job seekers and graduates. The institution’s internship programme was first started at the Kirsten Bosch Research Center back in 2001. It has since developed into other programmes in SANBI.

Groen Sebenza II Internship Programme

Groen Sebenza is one example of SANBI’s internship programmes, Its objective is to develop essential skills in biodiversity research to produce sustainable employment opportunities for jobless graduates for a duration of two years. Groen Sebenza brings young South Africans from impoverished families together with biodiversity professionals to grow, learn and develop confidence and competency they can utilize as they pursue a meaning and rewarding biodiversity career.

SANBI is now accepting applicants for incubation in the disciplines listed below along with their corresponding requirements and placement:

  • Molecular Ecology / Genetics (Cape Town) – BSc Honours in Biological Science
  • Molecular Genetics (Pretoria) – MSc in Genetics / Biochemistry /Molecular Biology
  • Forensic Genetics (Pretoria) – MS in Genetics / Zoology
  • Veterinary Sciences (Pretoria), Betty’s Bay, , ) – BSc in Animal Health / Veterinary Medicine
  • Environmental and Science Education (Betty’s Bay in Western Cape, Pretoria, Worcester in Western Cape, Bloemfontein, Mbombela, Capetown, Worcester in Western Cape Pietermaritzburg) – Diploma in Nature Conservation or Natural Sciences, Environmental Sciences, BSc in Life Sciences (with Ecology or Zoology)
  • Conservation / Eco Tourism / Botanical Horticulture (Pretoria, Worcester in Western Cape, Thohoyandou, Pietermaritzburg) – Eco Tourism, Horticulture, Diploma in Nature Conservation
  • Biological Invasions – (Pretoria, Mbombela, Bloemfontein, Thohoyandou, Cape Town, East London) – Environmental Sciences, MSc Biological Sciences (with Botany), Masters in Biological Sciences/Environmental Management with Invasion Biology, GIS, Taxonomy/Systematics, BSc Honours in Biological Sciences (with Botany) / Environmental Sciences, BSc Honours in Marine Sciences, Masters in Project Management
  • Wildlife Economy / Biodiversity Economy – (Pretoria) – BSc Honours in Biological Sciences (with Biodiversity Conservation / Wildlife Economy / Botany /Zoology)
  • Threatened Plant Species – (Durban, East London) – BSc Honours in Biological Sciences (with Botany)
  • Freshwater Ecology – (Pretoria) – MSc in Biological Sciences (with Freshwater Ecology)
  • GIS / Remote Sensing / Statistical Ecology – (Cape Town) – BSc Honours in Biological Sciences (with GIS / Statistical Ecology Remote Sensing / ), BSc Honours in Biological Sciences (with Statistical Ecology / Statistics
  • Marine Sciences – (Cape Town) – BSc Honours in Marine Sciences
  • Plant Physiology / Climate Change – (Cape Town) -BSc Honours in Environmental Management (with Plant Science / Ecology Physiology)
  • Plant Systematics – (Pretoria) – BSc Honours in Biological Sciences (with Zoology)
  • Biodiversity Planning – (Cape Town) – BSc Honours in Natural Sciences or Environmental Management
  • Biodiversity Information Management -(Cape Town) – BSc Honours in Natural Sciences / Environmental Sciences / Data Management (or other data-intensive discipline)


This internship is available only to South African citizens and is awarded in accordance with SANBI’ equity targets. Ideal candidates must be enthusiastic, able to work well within a team and has great leadership potential.

How to Apply

SANBI is discouraging qualified parties from applying for the internship programme online. Instead, email your application to:

Make sure your application letter includes a full CV, a letter of interest, certified copies of your academic records and highest educational attainment, transcript, including a copy of your valid ID.

Don’t forget to attach the application cover sheet which can be downloaded by clicking the link below:

Groen Sebenza II internship application cover September 2018

Send your application to the email mentioned above. Put “Groen Sebenza II internships” in the subject line.

For more questions, please call:

Ms. Zama Mdluli at telephone number 012 843 5191

Opening and Closing Dates

Applications are now being accepted and will soon close by  9 October, 2018.


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  • Reply Mpho Ntsala January 29, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Good day, I would like to know when are the candidates who went through an interview will they be notified based on outcomes of their statuses as it was promised that we will be notified in early january whether we are taken or not. Hope my concern will be considered thank you in advance.

    • Reply Jerome January 29, 2019 at 1:59 pm

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