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SANBI: Horticulture Internship / Learnership Opportunities 2019

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is offering an Experiential Learning / Work-integrated learning opportunity for 2019.

Location: South Africa
Closing Date: 18 October 2018

Diploma Horticulture students only

Work-integrated learning opportunities are available at some of our national botanical gardens from January 2019. The duration of the programme will be for six months or one year depending on the university requirements.

Students will gain hands-on experience in horticulture and have a garden/living collection project for the duration of their programme. This will be in the form of an area in the garden/collection that is already developed and requires on-going maintenance and improvement. Students will be solely responsible for all the propagation, maintenance, soil preparation, planting and labelling of the section, in consultation with their mentor.

Positions available (please select only one on the application form):

  • Kirstenbosch NBG, Cape Town (4)
  • Karoo Desert NBG, Worcester (2)
  • Lowveld NBG, Mbombela (1)
  • Pretoria NBG, Pretoria (2)
  • Walter Sisulu, Roodepoort (2)
  • KwaZulu Natal NBG, Pietermaritzburg (1).

Who is eligible to apply? 

South African students who study horticulture (Diploma) are urged to apply. Students must be passionate about horticulture, enthusiastic and eager to learn.  

Please note that placement is only for those students who still have to complete their required experiential learning. Students who are already qualified or will graduate in the first semester of 2019, need not apply. 

How to apply

Please do not apply online for this internship programme. Please send your application to: [email protected].


R4 000.00 per month. No benefits apply. Note that accommodation is for the students’ own arrangement.


1 January 2019 –30 June 2019 or 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2019, placement period to be confirmed by faculty.


Please complete the application form.  Application should include a full CV, certified copy of ID and academic record, a letter from your academic institution indicating that you still need to complete a WIL programme, letter of reference (academic), your goals while training at SANBI and your letter of interest in applying for the programme. Students also need to include a letter from the university stating the duration and requirements for their experiential learning. Submit completed application and a letter of motivation to: [email protected], subject: Horticulture work-integrated learning 2019.

Candidates will be expected to be available for telephone interviews on a date and time as determined by SANBI.

SANBI reserves the right not to fill these positions.

If no response has been received within 21 days of the closing date, candidates may assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

Please note that any emails sent to SANBI must be under 10MB in size.