Specialist Groundsman (Permanent position)

Harold Porter
23 June 2017 - 4:00pm


Salary Level: 3

Division: Conservation Gardens & Tourism 

SANBI is seeking to appoint a dependable, hard-working and self-motivated individual to effectively assist with all functions relating to the cultivation and maintenance of superior quality indigenous plants on a permenate basis as a Specialist Groundsman.


The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is looking for a dependable, hard-working and self-motivated individual to effectively assist with all functions relating to the cultivation and maintenance of superior quality indigenous plants at the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden Nursery.


The successful candidate must have sound interpersonal skills, the ability to communicate in English (read and write) will be an advantage, a keen interest in gardening/nursery is a specific requirement, as well as a minimum of 2 years’ of relevant gardening experience in a botanical garden. The candidate should have knowledge of 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 practices.  

The candidate must be able to work independently as well as in a team. 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 candidate must be willing to take instruction from his/her foreman/supervisor and thereafter work without continual supervision The incumbent may have to perform weekend, public holiday and standby duties as and well as sleep in duties and fire fighting when required.

Key responsibilities:

The appointee will be responsible for:

  • Plant collecting and cultivation (propagating, potting, labels, collecting plant material, mix soil);
  • Plant health and nursery maintenance (watering , feeding, weeding, spraying, pruning);
  • Resources Management (care of tools, recycling, effective and efficient use of consumables, stock control);
  • Internal and external clients services (plant sales in nursery, plant related information to customers and staff, update stock lists, price lists etc);
  • Compliance with the Health and Safety policy.


SANBI offers an annual salary of R107 886.00 and additional fringe benefits.

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Please Note:

  1. An application form (obtainable from our Offices or SANBI website or apply on line - www.sanbi.org/jobs 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 Glynnis Webb on (021) 7998635/8800 or preferably, forward the completed application form, a letter and concise CV via e-mail to recruitmentct@sanbi.org.za 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.

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