Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden 1 year SAASTA (NRF) Internship


Please note the short timeline and deadline of the morning of 18 March. Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden has another 1 year SAASTA (NRF) Internship position available! If you have a strong academic and practical background and want to learn more about hands-on plant communication, plant growing and targeted conservation work, consider joining our small dynamic team. Only degree graduates are eligible. Ideally we would like an Honours, Masters, M Tech or similar graduate from any of botany, conservation/ ecology, agronomy, horticulture or even communication. A love for plants is essential. Excellent written and spoken communication skills are key. Demonstrable experience in plant growing, even on a hobby basis, strong knowledge of plant diversity and identification would also be recommendations. We take your career development seriously and include structured training and accommodate ongoing study or relevant development where appropriate. This is a 12 Month Intern contract position, funded by SAASTA. In addition to holding a collection of interesting and diverse flora from habitats all over the World, SU Botanical Garden will be pursuing local Cape and South African conservation objectives as part of its commitments as an active member of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI): • Advocacy and education • Innovative and strategic projects achieving outcomes in plant conservation policy, practice and education. In particular targeting ex situ population conservation and restoration of a selection of extreme risk Cape or SA plant species. • Building plant conservation capacity - acting as a knowledge hub and a clearing house for best practice, training, resources and expertise As such we are open to excellent recent graduates who may have quite different strengths, any of: • Science communication – a passion for telling natural history stories that educate about our natural world and make the case for conservation. Ideally this means you already have a conservation and ecological understanding of the Cape and SA landscape, and ability to create compelling stories for interpretation materials, and online and print communication. • Specialist horticulture and growing – passion and interest in growing, propagation, and plant care, with a willingness to research and record protocols for our diverse collections ranging from tropical orchids to cape bulbs and everything in between. • Threatened species work, including helping with developing our strategy, and undertaking propagation, collection management, population genetics, and eventual, re-introduction to the wild. • Developing, interpreting, and caring for our growing useful and medicinal plant collection. Routine work in the garden includes: • Care and propagation of the collections including daily tasks like watering • Development of interpretation and communication materials • Help with conservation work from information and communication to plant collection and propagation. • Maintenance and update of the collection database. • Management and interaction of the public including plant sales • Lead assistance with educational programs – school groups, garden clubs, horticultural visitors and overseas visiting groups. • Various ad-hoc, hands on tasks associated with the garden and general horticultural practice. • Weekend duty of 2 days total per month Please submit your CV by 7am 18 March 2019 with full contact details, subject line “SAASTA Intern Application” to, with a covering letter motivating how your particular interests, strengths and track record might support our focus areas. We reserve the right not to fill this position. Graduates from previously disadvantaged backgrounds will be given preference .


Viola Calitz

Phone: 021 808 3054


Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens

Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens

in Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Garden is located in the historical center of Stellenbosch and is the oldest university botanical garden in South Africa.


Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens
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