GroenSebenza (Jobs Fund) Programme: Biodiversity/Ecosystem Management Careers

By on September 10, 2013

Interested in a Career in Biodiversity/Ecosystem Management?

GroenSebenza (Jobs Fund) Programme

What is this programme about?

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), in partnership with 32 environment/biodiversity organisations has embarked on a major skills development and job creation pilot programme, GroenSebenza, a Jobs Fund Partnership Project. GroenSebenza is aimed at developing priority skills in the biodiversity sector to create sustainable job opportunities for 800 unemployed graduates and matriculants. The partnership is made up of organizations from all tiers of government, NGO’s and the private sector. The programme is based on an “incubator model” giving 800 unemployed youth the opportunity to gain meaningful workplace experience through a structured mentoring programme, together with skills development and training opportunities for a period of two-and-a-half (2½) years.

The Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Mpumalanga, as one of the partners in this programme is looking for a total of three (3) graduates and two (2) matriculants interested and or qualified in the following occupations to participate in the GroenSebenza Programme:

1. Environmental Manager three (3) posts for graduates (Nelspruit):

Job Requirements:

  • An appropriate three year tertiary qualification in Natural Science/Environmental Management or equivalent qualification. Knowledge of environmental legislation, environmental management systems and integrated environmental management will be an advantage. Good interpersonal skills andcomputer literacy are prerequisites.


The successful candidates will, inter alia review Environmental Impact Assessment applications, in terms of the appropriate legislation, draft authorization recommendations for the record of decisions; evaluate and comment on environmental mining programme reports for the Department of Minerals and Energy and maintain a register of all applications and authorizations, implementation of appropriate pollution and waste management policies and action plans, including industrial, mining and hazardous waste; maintenance of a register for waste streams; monitoring of air quality within the district; investigation of public nuisance and pollution and waste complaints; consultation with relevant target groups such as municipalities, other organs of state and industry and stakeholders and performance of all administrative and related functions.

2. Trainee Site Monitors (Foreman) two (2) posts for matriculants at Elukwatini Environmental Centre and Graskop Environmental Centre.

Job Requirements:

  • A national matriculation certificate. Good interpersonal skills and computer literacy will be an advantage.

The successful candidates will, inter alia be responsible for: Supervision of cleaning of centre buildings and dormitories, storerooms, ablution facilities, basic maintenance on buildings, structures and sewage system, regular upkeep of centre grounds, cleaning, oiling and proper storage of equipment after use, basic maintenance and service on equipment i.e. bush cutters, lawn mowers, check camping equipment before and after use and assist with loading and offloading of equipment and stores.


Applications from rural, distressed and peri-urban unemployed youth from previously disadvantaged backgrounds are invited for the above positions. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants need to have the following:

  • For the School leaver placement: a national matriculation certificate.
  • For the Graduate placement: a national diploma or first B-degree.
  • SA citizenship.
  • A demonstrated and clearly articulated commitment to the environment.
  • A commitment to career development in the environmental sector.
  • Good leadership potential.

The programme offers a stipend of R7, 100.00 to graduates and R4, 500.00 to schoolleavers (matriculants) per month. Successful candidates will commit to a contract of twoand-a-half (2½) years with their host employer.

How to apply

Applicants are required to fill in an application form (Download here).

Applicants are also required to provide recently certified copies of the following documents:

  • A certified copy of your ID.
  • Matric Certificate and or degree/diploma certificate.
  • An abridged CV of no more than 3 pages.

Applications are to be emailed, posted and or delivered to the contact details below by the closing date of Monday, 16th September 2013 at 16h00.

Candidates are expected to be available for interviews on a date and time as determined by Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism. If no response has been received within 21 days of the closing date, candidates may consider their applications are unsuccessful.

All submissions to: Ms Grace Selolo. Forward a letter, concise CV and application form either via e-mail to or fax (012) 843 5222.

Postal applications are to be addressed to the Assistant Director: Human Resources, South Director: Human Resources, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Private Bag X101, Pretoria, 0001.

For post enquiries contact: Mr GA Lotter on Tel: 013 766 4850


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