Reference Number: GLOW/002/2022

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is looking for a self-motivated individuals to participate in the maintenance of the developed National Botanical Garden and its natural estate areas by mowing of lawn, tree felling, shrub pruning, cutting of fire breaks using appropriate tools and machinery, building of structures such as board walks, trails, river and water course maintenance, maintenance of fences, delivering professional customer services, and assist other team members as and when required in order to achieve the goals of the National Botanical Garden.

This position requires a Grade 12, Occupational Certificate in horticultural machinery or equivalent and relevant qualification at NQF 4. Higher Education Certificate at NQF 5 will be an added advantage. This position also requires 2 years’ relevant experience working with horticultural machinery.

The following competencies are required for the candidate to be successful in this position: computer training; occupational health and safety training; experience working with power machinery; extensive experience working with high standard for tidy and good maintenance of all areas of work in accordance with good health and safety policies; and ability to work under pressure whilst being safety and quality conscious including ability to work independently as well as with diverse team members; and good time management, interpersonal, planning, organizing, and verbal communication skills

Key Performance Responsibilities include:

  • To operate machines and tools related to estate development, and maintenance;
  • Maintain machines, tools and equipment effectively;
  • Adhere to risk, health and safety standards and regulations; and
  • Support internal and external client services.

Application procedure

1) An application form must accompany the CV together with a letter motivating why the applicant should be favourably considered for this position, and certified qualifications confirming that the minimum qualifications are met (applicants lacking evidence of meeting minimum qualifications and 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 shall result in your application not being considered. 

Personal Information will be processed by SANBI for purposes of assessing your suitability for the advertised position. SANBI may also share your personal information including special personal information with service providers or third parties, both within the Republic of South Africa and in other jurisdictions, to carry out verification of qualifications and other necessary documents, background and reference checks, competency assessment tests, and criminal record checks.

In this regard, by virtue of your application, you acknowledge that SANBI’s authorised verification agent(s) and service providers will access your personal information including special personal information to conduct background screening, verification of qualifications and other necessary documents, reference checks, competency assessment tests, and criminal record checks. For more information, kindly refer to SANBI’s website.

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 be given to candidates from the designated groups.

Applications consisting of the completed application form, motivation letter, a concise CV, and certified qualifications must be submitted via an e-mail to

Postal applications must be addressed to:

Assistant Director: Human Resources,
South African National Biodiversity Institute,
Private Bag X101,

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 must consider their applications unsuccessful.

Mr Mzekelo Mpatani
Tel.: +27 (0)12 843 5229

Closes: Thursday, 10 November 2022
Job type: Permanent
Location: Pretoria
Salary: R147 459.00 per annum

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