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Closing date: 21 December 2018.

Applications for the 2019/20 Internship Programme intake are now open. The department invites unemployed graduates, who wish to apply for the 24 months Internship Programme.  DEA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. It is our intention to promote representivity (race, gender and disability). The persons with disabilities will receive preference for the Internship programme, and therefore are encouraged to apply. The departmental recruitment and selection processes apply. The programme will commence on 01st April and end on 31st March (24 Months).  Successful candidates will receive a stipend / allowance of R5 000.00per month.

Procedures and information to apply

Gauteng, Pretoria
  • BSc Honours Degree in Chemistry, Soil Science, Geohydrology, Geology, Environmental Management or Natural Sciences


  • BSc Honours Degree in Environmental Science or Management


  • BA Degree in Policy Studies or Public Policy


  • BEng, BSc or BTech Degree in Chemical Engineering or Metallurgy


  • Nat Dip or BCom Degree in Financial Accounting


  • BSc Environmental Economics, BSc Botany, BSc Environmental Science or Management and Resource Economics


  • Nat Dip Nature Conservation


  • BSc Degree in Environmental Science or Management


  • BSc Degree in Conservation Biology


  • BSc Degree in Natural Resources Management with Research


  • BSc Degree in Botany & Zoology


  • BSc Degree in Environmental Economics


  • Nat Dip or Degree in Graphic Design


  • BSc Degree in Environmental Science or Management


  • LLB Degree Specialising in Environmental Law


Western Cape, Cape Town
  • Nat Dip or BSc Degree in Environmental Sciences or Management


Environmental Careers Overview

The environment provides many exciting, interesting and satisfying career choices stretching across a tremendous range of fields and disciplines. Working in the environmental field is rewarding because you can contribute to the maintenance and conservation of essential life systems necessary for our human survival. There are two main routes which you can take:

  • A social-environmental perspective
  • An environmental science perspective

It is important to note that these two complement one another and effective environmental management combines both these perspectives.

Social-environmental careers

Normally one progresses into the social-environmental perspective through a Social Science or Arts degree presented at a university. Subjects may include Anthropology, Archaeology, Development Studies, Geography and Environmental Studies, Law (Environmental Law), Journalism (Environmental Journalism) and Education (Environmental Education). Careers in this field are centred around humans and their relations with the environment, and ways of making these relations beneficial to both people and the environment.

Career path qualification:

  • Community conservation and rural development
    BA degree with subjects such as Anthropology, Development Studies, Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Environmental educators
    HdipEd with subjects such as Geography or Biology
    Formal Environmental Education courses pursued at postgraduate level
  • Environmental lawyers
    BA LLB degree with Environmental Law as a subject
  • Environmental journalists
    No formal qualification other than journalism (degree or diploma)
  • Cultural resource specialists
    BA degree with subjects such as Archaeology, Anthropology, Political and Social Studies or Social History
  • Eco-tourism specialists
    Tourism degree or diploma with environmental interest

Environmental science careers

Environmental science careers start by completing a science degree at university or a relevant diploma course at technikon. Subjects in the natural sciences such as Zoology, Botany and Ecology generally lead to a career path in biodiversity conservation, but may also lead to a career in environmental management. Subjects in the physical sciences such as Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry might lead to a career path in environmental management aspects such as pollution control or waste management. Landscape architects and civil engineers pursue environmental management through ensuring that environmental concerns are brought to bear on infrastructural development.

Career path qualification

  • Environmental impact assessment and environmental management
    BSc degree in natural sciences with postgraduate courses in environmental management
  • Landscape architect
    Landscape architect degree at the Universty of Pretoria or the University of Cape Town
  • Nature conservation
    Technikon diploma in Nature Conservation or BSc degree with subjects such as Zoology, Botany, Ecology.
  • Specialist scientists in biodiversity e.g. marine biologist, zoologist, ecologist
  • Postgraduate degrees in Zoology, Botany and Ecology, specialising in particular fields of interest
  • Waste managers and pollution controllers
    BSc degree with subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Climatology
    Technikon diploma or degree in Environmental Science or Engineering
  • Environmental engineers
    Civil Engineering degree or B Tech degree in Civil Engineering

Universities and Technikons will have more information on courses and degrees.

Contact the Department of Environmental Affairs for more information as well as the requirements and timelines of the annual internship programme’s intake. The call for applications is usually sent out in October/November each year.

Mr Thomas Mathiba. Director: Sector Education, Training and Development
012 399 9922
Email: tmathiba@environment.gov.za
Call Centre: 086 111 2468
Switch Board: 012 399 9000

How To Apply

Applicants must:

  • be unemployed youth (SA citizens),
  • have not previously participated in any internship programme in the Public Service,
  • have completed at least a 3 year qualification from a recognised Higher Education Institution.

Applications must be:

  • accompanied by an updated CV, certified copies (not older than 3 months) RSA ID document, qualifications (you are encouraged to attach academic record),
  • completed on the Z83 form, on the space provided for position indicate “DEA INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME” and use the reference provided on the advert.

Incomplete, e-mailed, faxed and late applications will NOT be considered.

» Download the advert [PDF]

» Download the Z83 application form [PDF]

Enquiries and hand deliveries:


Environment House
473 Steve Biko Street,
C/o Steve Biko and Soutpansberg Road

For enquiries contact:

Mr Mbongeni Mncube
Tel: 012 399 8691

Mr Dinilesizwe April
Tel: 012 399 9415


Applications must be directed to Department of Environmental Affairs, Private Bag X447, Pretoria, 0001, Attention: Learning and Development.

  • Correspondence will only be limited to successful candidates. If you have not heard from us within 3 months after the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.
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