Internship programme


Call for 2.5 to 3 year Internships

The Groen Sebenza Climate Change Adaptation Project is aimed at developing capacity in the climate change adaptation space, primarily in provinces and national sector departments to enable them to better respond to climate change adaptation challenges within their contexts. The project aims to pair unemployed graduates primarily from previously disadvantaged backgrounds with experienced professionals to learn, grow and eventually gain the competence and confidence to embark on rewarding and meaningful careers in climate change adaptation.

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is pleased to announce a call for applications for incubation in the following provinces and sector departments:

Province / SectorName of DepartmentLocation (where Intern will be based)Required AcademicQualificationRequirementsMonthlyStipend rate
Eastern CapeDepartment of Economic Develoment Environmental Affairs and TourismBhishoBSC / BTECh in Natural Science fieldValid drivers license,Remote Sensing qualificationR6 588.00
Free StateDepartment of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental AffairsBloemfonteinBachelor’s Degree or an Equivalent Qualification in Natural Sciences / Environmental Sciences / Environmental Management Valid Drivers License, Project Management Knowledge:Environmental Legislation and Policies, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and GISR6 588.00
GautengGauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentJohannesburgBachelor’s Degree or an Equivalent Qualification in Natural Sciences / Environmental Sciences / Environmental ManagementNoneR6 588.00
KwaZulu-NatalDepartment of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental AffairsPietermaritzburg/DurbanRelevant 3 or 4 year Degree / B.Tech in the Environmental Management, Natural Sciences field or Meteorology / Climatology (or equivalent qualification)  Computer literacy Possession of a module on climatology in the degree will be an added advantage Candidates with a Pure Science background will have an added advantage Attendance of a short course(s) and/or relevant experience in climate change managementR6 588.00
LimpopoDepartment of Economic Develoment, Environment and Tourism

MpumalangaDeparment of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental AffairsNelspruit, MbombelaBachelor in Environmental Science or  Natural ScienceDrivers licence, computer literacy, facilitation and presentation skills, report-writing, ability to work as an individual and teamR6 588.00
Northern CapeDepartment of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs, Rural Development and Land ReformKimberleyBachelor’s Degree or an Equivalent Qualification in Natural Sciences/ Environmental Sciences / Environmental ManagementValid drivers license, GIS software skills, Project Management skills, knowledge of environmental legislationR6 588.00  
North WestNorth West Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and TourismPotchefstroom, with intervals in MahikengAppropriate 4 year degree/honors in Environmental Management or the EnvironmentalSciences Interest to enrol for a M.Sc. Degree in Climate Change at the NWU during the internship period   Valid driver’s license. Knowledge:Environmental legislation and policies, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Batho Pele principles Skills:Computer literacy (MS Office Suite), report writing skills, communication and presentation skillsR6 588.00 -R7 785.00
Western CapeDepartment of Environmental Affairs and Development PlanningCape TownHonours or equivalent 4-year degree in environmental, built environment or social sciences that included a climate change componentCommunication skills, MS Office proficiency, manage datasets and spreadsheets Keen interest in climate changeR6 588.00 -R7 785.00
 National Sector Deprtments 
BiodiversitySouth African National Biodiversity Institute (Adaptation Policy and Resourcing Division)Cape TownDegree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations or Journalism     Communication skills, computer literacy (MS Office Suite), communication and presentation skills, competency in researching and writing skills interest in the design of climate change communication products (flyers, booklets etc)R6 588.00
Biodivsersity  South African National Biodiversity Institute (BEPE Directorate) PretoriaMasters degree in Environmental Management/Science/Nature Conservation and a certificate in Project Management.Valid drivers licence Computer literacy (MS Office Suite) Communication and Presentation SkillsR8 983.00 
Environment  Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (Climate change and Air Quality Branch)PretoriaDegree/Honours or equivalent four(4) year Degree in Natural Sciences/ Development Studies/Environmental ManagementKnowledge:Climate Change Adaptation Skills:Computer literacy(MS Office Suite), report writing and reserch skills, communication and presentation skillsR6 588.00 -R7 785.00
Environment  Departmnent of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (Biodiversity and Conservation Branch)PretoriaBachelor’s Degree or an Equivalent Qualification in Natural Sciences/ Environmental Sciences / Environmental Management Knowledge:Environmental Legislation and Policies, Climate Change Adaptation; Biodiversity Conservation and GIS Skills:report-writing,  Project Management, communication skills, ability to work as an individual and with a team  R6 588.00
AgricultureDepartment of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural DevelopmentPretoriaDegree/Honours or equivalent four(4) year Degree in Natural/Agricultural/Climate Sciences / Disaster Risk Mangement and / or  Environmental SciencesValid drivers license Knowledge:Agricultural Scienece; Disaster Risk Management and Reduction;Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation and Environmental issues relating to Agriculture Skills:Project Management skills, computer literacy (MS Office Suite), communication/ presentation,  report-writing & analytical skills,relationship skills, ability to work as a team and work effectively under pressureR6 588.00 -R7 785.00
Health  Department of HealthPretoriaNational Diploma B.Tech /Bachelor in Environmental Health Valid drivers license Computer literacy (MS Office Suite)R5 444.00R6 588.00R7 785.00  
Disaster ManagementNational Department of Cooperative Governance: National Disaster Management CentrePretoriaHonours or equivalent four year Degree in Climate science / Disaster Risk Science or  Environmental Sciences  Valid drivers license Knowledge:Disaster Risk Management;Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, GIS  Skills:Project Management, computer literacy (MS Office Suite), report-writing, research, analytic, communication and presentation skills,ability to work as an individual and teamR7 785.00
Science and Innovation National Department of Science and InnovationPretoriaHonours or equivalent four year degree/diploma in environmental management/sciences, or natural sciences  Valid drivers license Knowledge:Climate Change Adaptation, Interest in climate/green technology, ecological infrastructure/PES Skills:Project Management, computer literacy (MS Office Suite), report-writing,ability to work as an individual and team, management of datasets and spreadsheetsR6 588.00 -R7 785.00
Water and SanitationDepartment of Water and SanitationPretoriaHonours or equivalent 4-year degree in hydrology, water resource management, climatology, meteorology, environmental sciences, or social sciences that included a climate change componentCommunication skills, computer skills, good writing and researching skills, ability to work independently, good organisational and time management skillsR6 588.00 -R7 785.00

Additional Requirements

Candidates must be enthusiastic and have a keen interest in climate change adaptation.

Candidates must be:

  • able to function under pressure
  • self-motivated
  • professional
  • able to work well independently and as part of a team
  • organised and systematic

The opportunity is aimed at unemployed and underemployed youth (18- 35).

People with disabilities are also encouraged to apply.

Internship monthly stipend values (no other benefits apply as these are internship positions)

  • Diploma completed (or equivalent to NQF 6): R5 444.00
  • Bachelors completed (or equivalent to NQF 7): R6 588.00
  • Honours completed (or equivalent to NQF 8): R7 785.00
  • Masters completed (or equivalent to NQF 9): R8 983.00

Candidates holding higher qualifications than the ones stated may apply, however remuneration is capped as per listed positions.

Application procedure

All applications to be completed online, please click on this link here to complete the application.

The following documents need to be uploaded to complete your application:

  • Letter of interest (indicate why you should be considered for the internship)
  • Full CV
  • Certified copies of highest qualification/academic record/transcript
  • ID (certified as a true copy and should not be older than six months) and
  • Valid drivers licence where applicable 

Contact details
Groen Sebenza Project Management Unit
012 843 5101

* Underemployed refers to youth employed in any sector than the one they studied for as per the above listed fields.

SANBI reserves the right not to fill these internships. If no response has been received within 40 days of the closing date, candidates may assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

Application form

Closes: Tuesday, 26 October 2021
Time: 16:00
Duration: 2.5 to 3 year Internships
Location: South Africa


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