New Zealand Certificate in Conservation (Operations) (Level 4)

Programme details

Code NZ2963
Level 4
Credits 120
Duration 1 year
IntakesSemester 1, Semester 2
Study options Full-time, Part-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
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Programme aim

This is the perfect programme if you are passionate about the environment and enjoy working outdoors. This year-long programme can kick-start your career looking after New Zealand’s amazing biodiversity and natural landscape as a ranger in the conservation, environmental, or parks and recreation sectors.

Hands-on learning will include driving quad bikes and light utility vehicles, operating and maintaining a chainsaw, using agrichemicals and pest control methods, and building and maintaining tracks, fences and other conservation facilities.

You will also learn about ecology, conservation management planning, maintaining personal and public health and safety, teamwork and more.

Career opportunities

Operational conservation, environmental, and parks and recreation sectors

Award information

To achieve the award of the New Zealand Certificate in Conservation (Operations) (Level 4) students must pass a total of 120 compulsory credits.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Use a range of technological systems and techniques to support conservation purposes.
  • Apply conservation information management procedures to meet legislative and organisational requirements while carrying out operational conservation work.
  • Assess and maintain conservation infrastructure to contribute to the sustainable stewardship of the environment.
  • Carry out activities safely in a conservation setting while maintaining personal and public safety.
  • Assess and apply ecological, heritage and recreational principles to activities undertaken in wider conservation settings.
  • Communicate appropriately with stakeholders in a professional manner while carrying out operational conservation work.
  • Operate in a manner consistent with the Treaty of Waitangi, including respect for local iwi or hapu tikanga and kawa, while carrying out conservation work.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.

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