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Environmental career overview


DEA annual internship intake availability status


Applications for the 2019/20 Internship Programme intake are now closed. 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 000.00 per month.


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
Call Centre: 086 111 2468
Switch Board: 012 399 9000

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