ND: Nature Conservation students only

One-year work-integrated learning placement opportunities are available at our Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden from 1 December 2019 – 30 November 2020.

The students will gain hands on experience in nature conservation and have the opportunity to work with specialists in the field.

The programme includes exposure in the following estate functions:

  • Patrols
  • Data collection
  • Research
  • The management plan for the estate
  • The Kirstenbosch Biodiversity database
  • Guided tours
  • Surveys
  • Environmental education and outreach
  • Conservation-related field trips
  • Alien plant eradication
  • Trails maintenance
  • Occupational health and safety management
  • Waste control
  • Fire management
  • Memorial bench and woodwork maintenance
  • Fence maintenance
  • Conservation-related displays
  • Maintenance of living fauna display.


Students who are self-motivated and enthusiastic and have completed their first and second year subjects are encouraged to apply. Good grades will be a strong advantage. Note that this programme is only applicable to students registered for Nature Conservation. Students who have already graduated need not apply.

Application procedure

Please complete the attached application form. Applications should include a CV; letter of interest; goals while training at SANBI; letter of recommendation from lecturers or supervisors; letter from university stating that you need to complete work-integrated learning and certified copies of your results. Please submit your application to students@sanbi.org.za with the subject line: Nature Conservation WIL.

Candidates will be expected to be available for interviews on a date and time as determined by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

SANBI reserves the right not to fill this position.

If no response has been received within 14 days of the closing date, candidates may assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

Closes: Wednesday, 10 July 2019
Location: Cape Town
Job type: Work-integrated learning placement
Duration: One year (1 December 2019 – 30 November 2020)
Salary package: Monthly stipend of R4 800. No benefits apply

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