SANBI: Conservation Worker Graduate Opportunities

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is looking for school leavers to become Conservation Workers at the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden in Cape Town (2 positions). This is part of the Groen Sebenza (Jobs Fund) Programme aimed at developing priority skills in the biodiversity sector to create sustainable job opportunities for unemployed graduates and non-graduates (school leavers with a matric certificate). The programme offers a stipend of R4,500.00 per month. Successful candidates will commit to duration of their contract with their host employer.

Key responsibilities:

  • Assist with the hard & soft landscaping, maintain garden sections and plant care
  • Ensuring the safety of visitors/hikers as well as the maintenance of paths and fences.
  • Collections of plant material.
  • Preserve and encourage biodiversity. Waste management.
  • Be responsible for garden assets & all tools issued
  • Identify possible risks (fire, theft, pollution, invasive weeds, security problems, dangerous animals, etc.) to visitors and staff
  • Carry out any basic emergency procedures.

Requirements of all applicants

Applications from rural unemployed youth from previously disadvantaged backgrounds are invited for the above positions. Applicants need to have the following:

  • A national matriculation certificate.
  • SA citizenship.
  • A demonstrated and clearly articulated commitment to the environment.
  • A commitment to career development in the environmental sector.
  • Good leadership potential.

How to apply

Applicants are required to fill in an application form available at the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden or email Carin Jacobs, [email protected]. Applicants are also required to provide recently certified copies of the following documents:

  • A certified copy of your ID.

  • Matric Certificate and or degree/diploma certificate.

  • An abridged CV of no more than 3 pages.

Applications are to be emailed, posted and or delivered to the contact details below by the closing date of Friday, 05th September 2014 at 16h00.

All enquiries and submissions to: Mr Ricardo Riddles on (023) 347 0785 or (preferably) forward the completed application documentation via e-mail to [email protected] or fax (086)756 5906. Postal applications are to be addressed to the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden, South African National Biodiversity Institute, PO Box 152, Worcester, 6849.

Communication will be entered into with shortlisted candidates only.