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The aim of this page is to provide information on vacancies available at and advertised by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment  (DFFE). Information includes application procedures and relevant application forms and documents.

The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. It is the department's intention to promote representivity (race, gender and disability), through filling of these posts. Candidates whose appointment, promotion, or transfer will promote representivity, will receive preference.



Procedures and information to apply

In cases where procedures and information to apply (instructions) within the PDF advert shows slight differences to the ones outline below. Note that the instructions within the PDF advert supersede the ones outlined below and therefore instructions within the PDF advert should be followed and applied diligently. 

  • All applications must be submitted on a signed new Z83 application form (PDF form ca be filled electronically) with a copy of a comprehensive CV, certified copies of qualifications (Matric Certificate must also be attached, ID document, driver’s license (all attached documentation must not be older than six (06 )months) together with the recent curriculum vitae in order to be considered.
  • Please note that should you not use the newly amended Z83 and completed, initialled and signed in full, the department reserves the rights to disqualify your application.
  • Pretoria centre applications may be forwarded to the Director-General, Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Private Bag X447, Pretoria, 0001 or hand-delivered to: Environment House, Erf 1563 Arcadia Extension 6, Cnr Soutpansberg and Steve Biko Road, Arcadia, Pretoria. Marked for the attention: Human Resources Management.
  • Cape Town centre applications may be forwarded to the Director-General, Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Private Bag X4390, Cape Town 8000 or hand-deliver to:14th Loop Street, Cape Town. Marked for the attention: Human Resources Management.
  • The National Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to have foreign qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA). Correspondence will be limited to successful candidates only.
  • Short-listed candidates will be subjected to screening and security vetting to determine their suitability for employment, including but not limited to: criminal records; citizenship status; credit worthiness; previous employment (reference checks); and qualification verification.
  • Short-listed candidates will be expected to avail themselves at the department’s convenience.
  • Entry level requirements for SMS posts: In terms of the Directive on Compulsory Capacity Development, Mandatory Training Days & Minimum Entry Requirements for SMS that was introduced on 1 April 2015, a requirement for all applicants for SMS posts from 1 April 2020 is a successful completion of the Senior Management Pre-Entry Programme as endorsed by the National School of Government (NSG). The course is available at the NSG under the name certificate for entry into SMS and the full details can be obtained by following the below link:
  • The successful candidate will be required to provide proof of completion of the NSG Public Service Senior Management Leadership Programme Certificate for entry into the SMS. Furthermore, candidates shortlisted for the SMS post will be subjected to a technical exercise that intends to test relevant technical elements of the job.
  • Following the interview and the technical exercise, the selection panel will recommend candidates to attend a generic managerial competency assessment in compliance with the DPSA Directive on the implementation of competency based assessments.
  • The person appointed to this position will be subjected to a security clearance, the signing of performance agreement and employment contract.
  • The department reserves the right not to make an appointment. If you have not been contacted within three (03) months after the closing date of the advertisement, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.


Reference No. Description Directorate / Branch Closing Date
OC23/2021 Office Administrator II: Oceans and Coastal Research Oceans and Coasts (OC) 2021-09-27 16:00
FOM17/2021 and FOM18/2021 Estate Manager: Woodlands and Indigenous Forest Management Forestry Management (FOM) 2021-09-27 16:00
OC22/2021 Environmental Officer Specialised Production: Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Oceans and Coasts (OC) 2021-09-27 16:00
FOM16/2021 Assistant Director: Commercial Forestry Forestry Management (FOM) 2021-09-27 16:00
FOM15/2021 Assistant Director: Forestry Sector Analysis Forestry Management (FOM) 2021-09-27 16:00
FOM13/2021 Deputy Director: Forestry Operations Forestry Management (FOM) 2021-09-27 16:00
FOM14/2021 Assistant Director: Veld Fires Forestry Management (FOM) 2021-09-27 16:00
FOM12/2021 Deputy Director: Forest Enterprise Development (FED) Forestry Management (FOM) 2021-09-27 16:00
OC21/2021 Scientist Production Grade A-C: Physical Oceanography Oceans and Coasts (OC) 2021-09-27 16:00
ODG08/2021 Chief Director: Risk and Ethics Management Office of the Director-General (ODG) 2021-10-18 16:00
FM02/2020 Deputy Director-General: Forestry Management Forestry Management 2021-10-18 16:00


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