Reference Number: MCC/003/2022

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is looking for a self-motivated individual to support internal and external communications strategy, write and disseminate publicity material, respond to inquiries from the public and media, and coordinate promotional events, develop commercial relationships with businesses to the benefit of the garden and assist with managing the digital platforms of the garden.

This position requires a Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism or equivalent qualification with NQF 7. Honours or equivalent degree at NQF 8 will be an added advantage. This position also requires 3 years’ work experience in relevant field, with 1 year experience in marketing, communications, public relations, and journalism.

The following competencies are required for the candidate to be successful in this position: budgeting or financial management training; digital marketing training; customer relations, professionalism, events management experience; media relations experience; background of advertising management and digital communication; brand management; stakeholder management experience; knowledge of the tourism sector; advanced planning, organising, and problem solving skills; excellent communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills; report writing skills, people management skills, excellent computer literacy and experience in the application of software tools including (Ms Word, MS Project, PowerPoint, Excel, Internet and Outlook) will be advantageous. The possession of a valid driver’s license with at least one-year practical driving experience and a willingness to travel is essential.

Key Performance Responsibilities include:

  • Champion communication and media engagement on behalf of the garden;
  • Pioneer marketing for the KZN National Botanical Gardens (NBGs);
  • Plan, coordinate, and manage events for the KZN National Botanical Gardens as well as expositions and functions; and
  • Manage stakeholder relationships.

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 competency 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 Stephen Mahlangu
Tel: 079 408 7932

Closes: Friday, 2 December 2022
Job type: Permanent
Location: Pietermaritzburg
Salary: R321 543.00 per annum

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