We Are Hiring

As custodians of 58 000 hectares of vastly diverse and sensitive landscape within the Little Karoo, conservation management and offering an exceptional guest experience is the foundation on which Sanbona Wildlife Reserve was established.

The collective strength and vision of the Sanbona Team has carried this vision to ensure Sanbona is a pioneer of conservation, reserve development and eco-tourism within the Western Cape.

Our luxury lodges operate independently, each of which being fully staffed with their own management team, chef brigade, hosts and hostesses and experienced field guides.

Our conservation teams are staffed by wildlife veterinarians, ecologists, conservation managers, security operatives and field staff.

The conservation and hospitality teams are supported by competent and driven administrative staff who ensure the holistic operation of the reserve and support of its vision.

The Sanbona Team is more than a team and more like a family.   A community where every member plays an important part, no matter how big or small the role.

If this working environment appeals to you, please browse our career opportunities below.

Vacancies

Job Title: Head Guide
Department: Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Position Reports to: General Manager & Hospitality Manager

Minimum Qualification:

  • Preferably FGASA Level 3 (NQF 4)
  • Preferably FGASA Professional Trails Guide
  • FGASA Assessor
  • Competency for business use of a rifle
  • Advanced Rifle Handling
  • Full Tracker Qualification Level 2

Key Performance Areas of this position includes but is not limited to:

  • Managing of the Guiding Department of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve to ensure all activities related to the department are at the expected standard.
  • The person must be a strong manager, mentor and trainer.
  • Responsibilities include administration, equipment and stock control, inter and intradepartmental liaison, facilitation of training and development on guides.
  • Ensuring standards are maintained and developed and in line with the Reserve expectation.

Competencies Required:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of guiding in a Dangerous Game environment.
  • (ARH) Advance Rifle Handling
  • Knowledge of Arid regions an advantage
  • Physically fit, Sober habits and in good health.
  • Neat and presentable with a welcoming personality.
  • Basic computer skills
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in Big 5- & 5-Star environment
  • Experience as Trainer an advantage
  • Valid PDP

Individuals from designated groups as per the Employment Equity Act will receive preference.
Please note that Reference and Criminal checks will be done.

Interested Applicants should submit their CV’s to:
Admin Office or email: [email protected] Tel: 021 010 0458

Job Title: Field Guide
Department: Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Position Reports to: Guide Manager

Minimum Qualification:

  • FGASA Level 2 /CATHSSETA NQF4
  • Legal Fire Arms Competency for business use Certificate
  • Valid First Aid certificate
  • Valid PDP & Drivers Licence
  • DEAT/NDT registered.

Key Performance Areas of this position includes but is not limited to:

  • Responsible for all guest related activities relating to the orientation and also interpretation of ecosystems, animal behaviour and cultural heritage of this area – offering a holistic interpreted experience of the reserve’s history, conservation strategy, current and future projects, ecosystem components, regional geology and vegetation component.
  • Game drive and walks planning and execution.
  • Hosting of guests for Breakfast/Dinners depending on guests needs.
  • Assist with Transfers.
  • Maintenance of your equipment.
  • Lodge guides stock control.
  • Monitor visitors’ activities to ensure compliance with establishment or tour regulations and safety practices.

Competencies Required:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of guiding in a Dangerous Game environment.
  • Knowledge of Arid regions an advantage
  • Physically fit, Sober habits and in good health.
  • Neat and presentable with a welcoming personality.

Individuals from designated groups as per the Employment Equity Act will receive preference.
Please note that Reference and Criminal checks will be done.

Interested Applicants should submit their CV’s to:
Admin Office or email: [email protected] Tel: 021 010 0458

Job Title: Chef de Partie
Department: Hospitality – Gondwana Family Lodge
Position Reports to: Head Chef

Minimum Qualification:

  • Grade 12 or Equivalent – NQF 4 Cookery Qualification
  • Formal Culinary Skills/Training
  • Experience in a 5* environment is advantageous

Key Performance Areas of this position includes but is not limited to:

  • Responsible for assisting Jnr/Sous Chefs and Management with all preparation, cooking and plating of
    meals, and delegation of tasks to Demi Chefs and kitchen team.
  • Preparation, cleanliness and safety of all working areas for service.
  • Very good understanding of food hygiene and storage.
  • Receiving of deliveries, stock management (orders and stock takes), breakfast, lunch and dinner
    supervision.
  • Check the quantity and quality of received products.
  • Check the quality of raw or cooked food products to ensure that standards are met.
  • Reporting of maintenance problems in Kitchen and equipment to Maintenance Department

Competencies Required:

  • Physically fit, and in good health.
  • Sober Habits.
  • Neat and presentable.
  • Strong work ethic, and a team player.
  • Ability to work unsupervised and follow instruction.
  • Work flexible and extended hours upon agreement.

Individuals from designated groups as per the Employment Equity Act will receive preference.
Please note that Reference and Criminal checks will be done.

Interested Applicants should submit their CV’s to:
Admin Office or email: [email protected] Tel: 021 010 0458

Job Title: Wildlife Assistant
Department: Wildlife Department
Position Reports to: Assistant Wildlife Manager

Minimum Qualification:

  • Grade 12 or Equivalent
  • Experience in a Wildlife/Nature environment is advantageous

Key Performance Areas of this position includes but is not limited to:

  • Road Construction and Maintenance
  • Boma Construction and Maintenance
  • Soil Erosion Control
  • Alien Invasive Plant Control
  • Infrastructure Maintenance
  • Reserve Cleanliness
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Buffalo Reserve
  • Game Capture and Release
  • Game Counts

Competencies Required:

  • Valid Driver’s Licence
  • Physically fit, and in good health.
  • Sober Habits.
  • Neat and presentable.
  • Strong work ethic, and a team player.
  • Ability to work unsupervised and follow instruction.
  • Work flexible and extended hours upon agreement.
  • Radio-tracking skills

Individuals from designated groups as per the Employment Equity Act will receive preference.
Please note that Reference and Criminal checks will be done.

Interested Applicants should submit their CV’s to:
Admin Office or email: [email protected] Tel: 021 010 0458

Job Title: Lodge Manager
Department: Hospitality
Position Reports to: Hospitality Manager

Minimum Qualification:

  • Hospitality Management Qualification, NQF 6
  • Minimum of 3 – 5 years working experience in Hospitality / Front of House at least as Assistant Manager
  • 5-star experience would be preferential

Key Performance Areas of this position includes but is not limited to:

  • Primary Purpose: Overall Management of 5* Lodge, ensuring all services supports 5* rating.
  • Responsibilities:
    •  Daily Operations of Lodge including but not limited to the following:
      • Administrative duties: Cash up and correct accounting procedures upon guest departure – Responsible and accountable for all Guest charges, staff charges and capturing on Semper.
      • Accurate performance, meeting reporting deadlines to Accounts, Admin and Food and Beverage Departments.
      • Assistance with and Timeous Completion of Stock takes.
    • Conduct employee training programs.
    • Inspect condition or functioning of facilities or equipment.
    • Prepare staff schedules or work assignments.
    • Promote products, services, and/or sales of the Curio Shop.
    • Manage guest services.
    • Ensure daily checks are done in all departments.

Competencies Required:

  • Semper, Microsoft Office Literate, HTI, ResRequest.
  • Eye for detail.
  • Knowledge in a Professional Working Environment.
  • English and Afrikaans (Written and Spoken).
  • Supervisory, Training, Motivational and Disciplinary Skills.
  • Customer Focused.
  • Stock Control.
  • Valid Driver’s License with PDP.
  • Sober Habits.
  • Ability to work unsupervised.

Individuals from designated groups as per the Employment Equity Act will receive preference.
Please note that Reference and Criminal checks will be done.

Interested Applicants should submit their CV’s to:
Admin Office or email: [email protected] Tel: 021 010 0458