Senior Handyman (Reference Number: GKBC/2018/003) (Permanent position)

29 January 2018 - 4:00pm


Salary Level: 4

Division: Conservation Gardens & Tourism

SANBI is seeking to appoint a hardworking and self-motivated individual to assist the Foreman to direct, lead and develop the Construction team on a permanent basis as a Senior Handyman.


The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) requires the services of a hardworking and self-motivated individual to assist the Foreman to direct, lead and develop the Construction team in the execution of their responsibilities.


The successful candidate must be in possession of at least a Grade 10 certificate and have sound interpersonal skills, the ability to communicate in English (read and write) with a minimum of 5 years’ relevant working experience in the construction and building environment.

The successful candidate must be able to assist painting, plastering, paving, brick- laying, tiling and general building maintenance as well as being able to work independently as well as in a small team. The candidate must be able to communicate well and understand technical concepts in building, maintenance and the development of infrastructure. The incumbent must be prepared to do hard physical work in various environments,  work on elevated places, do a lot of walking, carrying and work in noisy areas and will be exposed to hot sunny conditions. 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 maintenance of garden footpaths and roads;
  • Assist with maintenance of garden structures;
  •  Assist with maintenance of garden drainage systems;
  • Maintain and assist in the servicing of machines, tools and equipment;
  • Assist with general construction activities;
  • Compliance with the Health and Safety policy.


SANBI offers an annual salary of R127 851.00 and additional fringe benefits. 

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Please Note:

  1. An application form (obtainable from our Offices, Kirstenbosch NBG, SANBI website or apply online) 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 and reference number 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 or apply on line  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.

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29 January 2018 - 4:00pm
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