Reference Number: EECT/2019/001

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated and self-driven professional to take responsibility for all aspects of the Biodiversity Education and Empowerment programmes at the Kirstenbosch, Harold Porter, Karoo-Desert, KwaZulu-Natal and Free State National Botanical Gardens.

This position requires a three year tertiary qualification (National Diploma/Degree) in the environmental/conservation field with a minimum of five (5) years verifiable work experience in the environmental education field of which two (2) years must be at a supervisory level.

The candidate must demonstrate the ability to work at a sector level in human capacity development in particular. The candidate must be computer literate and have a working knowledge of MS Office programmes. Possession of a valid (unendorsed) Code B/EB driver’s license, with at least one year’s driving experience, is a further requirement.

The position requires a confident communicator who is able to relate well with a variety of stakeholders at all levels and have good interpersonal, analytical, report-writing, problem-solving, planning and organisational skills.

The candidate should demonstrate insight in the relevant policies, strategies and research reports such as the Department of Basic Education’s Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS), the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (No.10 of 2004), the Environmental Sector Skills Plan, the National Biodiversity Human Capital Development Strategy (BHCDS) and others. Proven experience in working co-operatively as part of a team, and good communication skills in English and one other official language, will serve as strong recommendations.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Develop and manage the strategy for Biodiversity Education, Awareness-raising, Outreach Greening and Capacity Development Programmes;
  • Coordinate SANBI programmes with other relevant HCD initiatives;
  • Coordinate the review and standardisation of the BEE Programmes across the directorate;
  • Manage human and financial resources.

SANBI offers an annual salary of R444 693.00 and additional fringe benefits.

Please do not apply online for this position. Applications should be forwarded to:

Please note:

1) An application form 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 skills test will be conducted as part of the selection process.

3) Applicants must also provide the full names, addresses and telephone numbers and if possible e-mail addresses of at least three referees.

4) 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 Glynnis Webb on (021) 799 8635/8800 or preferably, or forward the completed application form, a letter and concise CV via e-mail to or fax 0865899569.

Postal applications are to be addressed to:

Deputy Director: Human Resources,
South African National Biodiversity Institute,
Private Bag X7,

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.

Closes: Friday, 22 February 2019
Location: Cape Town

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