The South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a golden opportunity for graduates to harness their skills and contribute to the nation’s vibrant environmental sector. The SANParks Internship Program 2024 is an initiative designed to bridge the gap between academic achievements and practical, on-the-job training.

Applications are hereby invited from graduates who completed their qualification at a Public Higher Education Institution (HEI) in South Africa and wish to be placed in SANParks for a period of one (1) year with a monthly stipend of R6030.70.

SANParks Internship Program Overview

Company: South African National Parks
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Closing date: 02 February 2024

Required Fields of Study:

SANParks Internship Program is open to enthusiastic and skilled individuals with qualifications in a range of administrative and management disciplines to join our dynamic team. Here’s what each field brings to the table:

  • Human Resources Management: Graduates in this discipline are equipped with skills in managing employee relations, understanding labor laws, and designing organizational structures. Your expertise in HR policies and talent management will be critical in helping us maintain a workforce that is as diverse as our parks.
  • Business Administration: With a focus on the fundamentals of business operations, individuals trained in this field bring an understanding of strategic planning, financial management, and organizational leadership. Your business acumen will help us stay operationally efficient and financially sustainable.
  • Office Management: Specializing in the smooth operation of day-to-day activities, office management graduates are the organizational backbones of any institution. Your proficiency in overseeing administrative tasks ensures that our park offices run like well-oiled machines.
  • Administration: This broad field encompasses the essential skills required for effective office management, including data processing, clerical work, and support services. Your role would involve facilitating communication and ensuring that information flows seamlessly through our organizational channels.
  • Public Administration: This field is tailored for those who wish to serve in the public sector, blending governance with management. Your knowledge of public policies, program implementation, and governmental functions will contribute to our commitment to conservation and public service.
  • Public Management: Similar to public administration, this field emphasizes strategic management and executive leadership within the public sphere. Graduates often bring innovative management techniques that enhance our service delivery and promote sustainable use of natural resources.
  • Or a related field: If your area of study encompasses skills and knowledge applicable to organizational management, administrative support, or public sector service, we encourage you to apply. We value interdisciplinary approaches and the fresh perspectives that come from related fields of study.

As a part of the SANParks Internship Program team, you will not only contribute to the efficient management of our operations but also become a steward of South Africa’s natural heritage. If your educational background aligns with these fields, we invite you to bring your passion and expertise to help us manage some of the most beautiful and biodiverse places on the planet.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

The SANParks Internship Program is a stepping stone for young professionals to gain valuable experience in conservation and park management. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Age and Employment Status: You must be an eager, unemployed graduate between the ages of 18 and 35. We are looking for individuals who are at the start of their career journey and who are looking for an opportunity to gain practical experience in their field of study.
  • Citizenship: Applicants must proudly hold South African citizenship. It is important to us that those who join our team have a vested interest in the prosperity and sustainability of our national environment and heritage.
  • Educational Qualifications: Candidates should have successfully completed a Bachelor’s Degree or National Diploma at NQF level 6 or 7. Your qualification should be in one of the specified fields of study that align with our organizational needs. These qualifications ensure that you have the foundational knowledge required to contribute to our operations.
  • No Prior Work Experience in the Field: If you have not yet had the chance to be employed or to participate in an internship or placement programme within your field of study, this opportunity is for you. We aim to provide a platform for fresh talent to blossom by offering a first-time work experience that can pave the way to a fruitful career.
  • Additional Requirements: While not mandatory, we encourage individuals who have a passion for nature, conservation, and public service to apply. We are looking for graduates who are not only qualified but also share our dedication to preserving the natural beauty and biodiversity of South Africa’s landscapes.

Through this programme, SANParks hopes to nurture the next generation of conservationists and park managers. We seek individuals who are ready to learn, contribute, and grow with us. If you meet these criteria, we invite you to apply and embark on a fulfilling journey to make a difference in our national parks and the wider environment.

SANParks Internship Program Application Process

Required Documents for Application:

  • A Recent Copy of Your CV:
  • Certified Copies of Matric/Grade 12 Certificate:
  • Academic Qualifications with Academic Transcripts (Academic Record):
  • Copy of your ID:

Submission of Application:

Once you have prepared all the necessary documents, your application must be submitted via email. Here are a few tips to ensure your submission is professional and complete:

  • Subject Line: Use a clear subject line for your email, such as “SANParks Internship Application – [Your Full Name]”.
  • Email Body: Write a brief and polite introduction in the body of your email, indicating your intention to apply for the internship and expressing your enthusiasm for the opportunity to contribute to SANParks.
  • Attachments: Attach all the required documents to your email. It is advisable to scan your documents in a high-quality setting and combine them into a single PDF file if possible, as this is often the preferred format for professional applications.
  • Send To: The application should be sent to the provided email address, which is Thami.mohlabi@sanparks.org.
    Double-check the spelling of the email address before sending to ensure your application reaches the intended recipient.

By following these guidelines and submitting a complete application package, you’ll ensure that your application for the SANParks Internship Program is received and considered. Best of luck with your application!

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