Groundsman II (Permanent position)

26 June 2017 - 4:00pm


Salary Level: 3

Division: Conservation Gardens & Tourism 

SANBI is seeking to appoint a hardworking and self-motivated individual to assist in the development and maintenance of the garden and estate areas on a permenant basis as a Groundsman II.


The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) requires the services of a hardworking and self-motivated individual to assist in the development and maintenance of the garden and estate areas.


The successful candidate must have sound interpersonal skills, the ability to communicate in English (read and write) and a minimum of one (1) year relevant gardening experience. The candidate should have knowledge of horticultural garden maintenance, work in a tidy manner, show pride in his/her work by maintaining the garden at a high standard and work in accordance with good health and safety policies.

The candidate must be able to work independently as well as in a team - must be able to use a variety of equipment and tools which require physical labour and working outdoors, sometimes under adverse conditions as well as working with materials that may be poisonous/toxic. It is a requirement that the incumbent be skilled in all forms of plant care (soil preparation, planting, fertilizing, pruning, weeding and watering). The incumbent may have to perform weekend, public holiday and standby duties as and when required.

Key responsibilities

The appointee will be responsible for:

  • Assist with the hard and soft landscaping;
  • Ensure section is weed free and litter free;
  • Ensure all paths, access roads and trails in designated areas are kept clean;
  • Responsible for all tools and garden assets or stock issued and the correct use thereof;
  • Compliance with the Health and Safety policy.


SANBI offers an annual salary of R 90 234.00 and additional fringe benefits. 

Read more about SANBI's remuneration and benefits.


Please Note:

  1. An application form (obtainable from SANBI website must accompany the CV together with a letter motivating why the applicant should be favourably considered for the position and confirming that the minimum qualifications are met (applicants lacking evidence of relevant experience will not be considered). 
  2. A competency test will be conducted as part of the selection process.
  3. Applicants must also provide the full names, address and telephone number and if possible e-mail address of at least three referees.
  4. An application form must accompany the CV and motivational letter. Download Application Form.
  5. Failure to submit the requested information may result in your application not being considered.

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  SANBI reserves the right not to fill this position. All applications will be considered with the understanding that, in terms of the SANBI Employment Equity Plan, preference will currently be given to candidates from the designated groups.

Contact Ms Zena Appollis on (021) 7998647/8800 or preferably, forward the completed application form, a letter and concise CV via e-mail to or fax 0865899569. Postal applications are to be addressed to the Deputy Director: Human Resources, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Private Bag X7, Claremont, 7735. 

Candidates are expected to be available for selection interviews on a date and time as determined by SANBI.If no response has been received within 30 days of the closing date, candidates may consider their applications unsuccessful.

Please note that any emails sent to SANBI must be under 10MB in size.

Download Application Form


26 June 2017 - 4:00pm
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