Reference Number: BID/2018/00/002

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is looking for motivated individuals to survey for targeted invasive alien species, collect data, clear populations that can be managed by a small team and then assist in the development of distribution maps, dossiers and risk analyses and awareness raising of targeted species.

The successful candidates must be in possession of a Grade 12 certificate with a pass in mathematics or biology, enhanced by a minimum two (2) years relevant experience/equivalent training. These posts require strong healthy individuals who are prepared to be away from home base and in the field for over 60% of the time, driving and clearing invasive alien species.

The successful candidates must have good spoken and written communication skills, ability to learn how to use basic computer programmes, good interpersonal relations, good initiative, good organisational and administrative skills and willing to work in the field for three (3) days and nights per week, every week. It is essential that the candidate be in possession of a valid (unendorsed) Code B driver’s license plus one year proven driving experience.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with surveying and monitoring of high risk sites and targeted invasive alien species within the region.
  • Clear manageable populations of targeted invasive alien species.
  • Assist with developing TORs, submissions to SCM, training of clearing contractors, monitoring and data collection when large populations of targeted species are discovered.
  • Provide support to Contract Managers, Taxon Specific Researchers and Regional Coordinators.

SANBI offers an all-inclusive remuneration package of R187 416 per annum.

Please note:

1) Application forms obtainable from this website and attach your 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, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of at least three referees.

4) 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. 

Please do not apply online for this position. Please send your application to:

Contact Mr. Mzekelo Mpatani on 012 843 5229 or, preferably, forward the completed application form, a letter, certified copies of qualifications, drivers licence and concise CV via e-mail to or fax 012 843 5222.

Postal applications are to be addressed to the:

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

Candidates are expected to be available for 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, 7 December 2018
Location: Pretoria (x2) and Howick (x2)

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