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Groen Sebenza internship application forms
16th January 2013

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, Groen Sebenza, a Jobs Fund Partnership Project. Groen Sebenza 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.

Rhodes University’s Institute of Social and Economic Research as one of the partners in this programme is looking for a total of 6 matriculants or graduates interested and or qualified in the following occupations to participate in the Groen Sebenza Programme. Incumbents will work on a project to document the Xhosa people’s use of indigenous plant and animal species in rural areas of the Eastern Cape. Successful candidates work will involve conducting surveys of indigenous plants and animals and collecting specimens for museums and herbariums. It will also involve conducting interviews with community members on the bio-cultural use of species as well as environmental education work with local schools.  

  1. Environmental Educator (one position available, based in Grahamstown).
  2. Conservation officer (5 positions available, one based in Grahamstown and four within rural villages located within the Amathole District Municipalities).


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

How to apply

Applicants are required to fill in an application form (herewith attached). Applicants are also required to provide recently certified copies of the following documents:

Applications are to be emailed, posted and or delivered to the contact details below by the closing date of Thursday, 31st January 2013 at 16h00.

Contact details: Michelle Cocks,  m.cocks@ru.ac.za, 046 6038555

The programme offers a stipend of R4,500.00 to school-leavers (matriculants) per month.  Successful candidates will commit to a contract of two-and-a-half (2½) years with their host employer.

Candidates are expected to be available for interviews on a date and time as determined by Rhodes University’s Institute of Social and Economic Research.  If no response has been received within 21 days of the closing date, candidates may consider their applications are unsuccessful.



For all submissions and enquires contact:

Michelle Cocks 

email: m.cocks@ru.ac.za,

Tel:(046) 6038555