Joan Wrench Kirstenbosch Scholarship Fund Internship Programme Opportunity at The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

Closing Date 30 September 2020

The Joan Wrench Kirstenbosch Scholarship Fund was established in 2018 to recognise academic achievement of young professionals and to provide financial support to pursue practical training or postgraduate studies in relevant biodiversity fields.

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is pleased to announce a call for applications for internships in any of the following fields at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Newlands, Cape Town:

  • Biodiversity informatics
  • Biodiversity monitoring
  • Citizen science
  • Environmental Education
  • Ex-situ conservation (seedbanking), Threatened Species, Restoration
  • Freshwater ecology/Freshwater biodiversity conservation
  • Garden and Nursery development
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (Biotechnology/Biosafety)
  • GIS/Biodiversity planning
  • Horticulture
  • Marine ecosystem assessment
  • Nature Conservation
  • Phylogenetics/Herpetology
  • Plant and animal data
  • Plant physiology
  • Plant taxonomy
  • Restoration ecology


Candidates must be enthusiastic and have a keen interest in the conservation of biodiversity. No prior working experience is required but a strong academic record at university will be an advantage. A driving license with at least one year’s driving experience will be an added advantage for those who will be doing fieldwork as part of the internship. These internships are only available to South African citizens and will be awarded in line with national equity targets.

See below minimum qualifications for placement options: 

Biodiversity informatics

MSc Informatics / Botany / Zoology

Biodiversity monitoring

BSc / Honours GIS or Statistical Ecology

Citizen science

BSc Honours Restoration Ecology

Environmental Education

BSc Environmental Science

Ex-situ conservation (seedbanking), Threatened Species, Restoration

BTech/Advanced Diploma Horticulture or BSc or BSc Honours Botany

Freshwater ecology / Freshwater biodiversity conservation

MSc Freshwater Ecology / Hydrology / Soil Science/Botany and/or GIS

Garden and Nursery development

Diploma or BTech/Advanced Diploma Horticulture

Genetically Modified Organisms (Biotechnology/Biosafety)

BSc Honours Botany/Zoology/Biotechnology

GIS / Biodiversity planning

BSc Honours Environmental/Natural Sciences


BTech/Advanced Diploma Horticulture

Marine ecosystem assessment

BSc Honours Marine Biology or MSc Marine Biology

Nature Conservation

BTech/Advanced Diploma Nature Conservation

Phylogenetics / Herpetology

BSc or MSc Zoology

Plant and animal data

BSc Honours Environmental Science / Computer Science (with Data Science)

Plant physiology

BTech/Advanced Diploma Horticulture or BSc Honours Botany

Plant taxonomy

BSc or BSc Honours or MSc Botany

Restoration ecology

BSc Honours Restoration Ecology


  • Applicants must be South African citizens
  • Applicants must not be enrolled for higher degrees for the duration of the internships
  • Applicants can only apply for one of the positions

Internship monthly stipend values:

  • Bachelors completed (or equivalent to NQF 7): R7 260
  • Honours completed (or equivalent to NQF 8): R8 580
  • Masters completed (or equivalent to NQF 9): R9 900

Application procedure:

Each application is to be accompanied by a standard application cover sheet.

Applications are to include a letter of interest; full CV; certified copies of academic record/transcript and highest qualification; as well as ID and driver’s license and a letter of academic reference. 

Send all documents to with “Joan Wrench Kirstenbosch Scholarship Fund internships” in the subject line.

Application form

SANBI reserves the right not to fill these internships. If no response has been received within 60 days of the closing date, candidates may assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

Dr Ferozah Conrad

Ms René du Toit