Status: Closed |  Closed on: 25 June 2021

Reference Number: NZG/2021/008

Closes: Friday, 25 June 2021
Job type: Permanent
Salary: R370 655.00 to R518 916.00
Location: Pretoria.

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is looking for a highly motivated individual to contribute to divisional strategic objectives through leading and managing a section of the zoo which consists of a specific group of animal taxa according to best husbandry and welfare practices.

The position requires a degree in Zoology, Nature Conservation, Game Ranch Management, Animal Health, or equivalent qualification with NQF 7. Honours or equivalent degree at NQF 8 will be an added advantage. The successful candidate must have 6 years’ experience in relevant field, 3 years of which should be at supervisory position(s). The successful candidate must have:

  • Willingness and preparedness to work with dangerous animals
  • Extensive experience in working with Reptiles and other Herps including Amphibians and Invertebrates
  • In-depth understanding of national and global biodiversity conservation
  • Knowledge about legislation pertaining to biodiversity conservation
  • Knowledge about legislation and policies related to human resources, procurement, and financial management
  • Must have a good understanding of the World Zoo and Aquaria Conservation and Animal Welfare Strategies
  • Must have a good understanding of the South African National Standard for Zoo and Aquarium Practice
  • Must have excellent project management skills
  • Must have a good understanding of animal welfare and ethics
  • Must have a clear understanding of Health and Safety in the work place
  • A valid driver’s licence with at least one-year practical driving experience and a willingness to travel.

Key performance responsibilities include:

  • To lead the development of functional plans and contribute to the development of strategy for the animal collection and conservation directorate.
  • To manage outputs such as the daily husbandry and welfare activities, section projects, animal capture operations, infrastructure projects, administration requirements and public needs.
  • To manage a team in respect of outputs, staff relations, performance management, mentoring and skills development.
  • To support governance, risk and compliance though budget management, asset and equipment management and health and safety requirements relating to the assigned section.

Please note:

1) An application form must accompany the CV together with a letter motivating why the applicant should be favourably considered for the position and confirming that the minimum qualifications are met (applicants lacking evidence of relevant experience will not be considered).

2) A competency test will be conducted as part of the selection process.

3) Applicants must also provide the full names, addresses and telephone numbers and if possible, e-mail addresses of at least three referees.

4) Failure to submit the requested information and reference number shall result in your application not being considered.

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. SANBI reserves the right not to fill this position. All applications will be considered with the understanding that, in terms of the SANBI Employment Equity Plan, preference will currently be given to candidates from the designated groups.

Contact Ms Tracy Rehse on Tel: +27 (0)12 339 2700 X 182 / for any queries for purposes of clarity. Applications consisting of the completed application form, motivation letter, a concise CV, and certified qualifications are to be submitted via e-mail to with the subject:  Curator: Primates NZG/2021/007. Applications may also be hand delivered to Admin Building, National Zoological Garden, 232 Boom Street, Pretoria, addressed to Assistant Director: Human Resources.

Candidates are expected to be available for selection interviews on a date and time as determined by SANBI. If no response has been received within 30 days of the closing date, candidates may consider their applications unsuccessful.



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