Conservation

Learn to protect land, life and environments in a sustainable way with a Conservation qualification from Otago Polytechnic. Gain experience applying beneficial practices associated with water, kai (food) and plants with a hands-on study approach.

 

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Develop your understanding of how to protect Aotearoa’s unique and beautiful landscape. Learn how to sustainably care for the environment, gaining the knowledge to successfully identify areas of change, opportunity and growth. The environmental skills you’ll gain will allow you to hit the ground running in the conservation industry.

Our qualifications are tailored towards you and your abilities, with a range of delivery methods. Gain practical outdoors experience learning traditional harvesting techniques or explore native plant propagation online from the comfort of your own home.

Conservation qualifications

Agriculture & Animal Care

This is the perfect programme if you’re passionate about conserving our natural environment. Made up of online modules to allow for self-paced study, you will learn to identify and apply sustainable practices associated with water, riparian margins and native plants. The content of this online programme is delivered by a mix of practical activities, videos, notes and recommended readings. You will interact with other learners and lecturers via online discussion groups, and you are encouraged to interact within your community of learners to share your growing experiences.

Duration

13 Weeks

Delivery

Online

Career potential

Conservationist, Environmental Consultant, Nursery Worker

Agriculture & Animal Care, Horticulture

This programme will build on your existing skills and knowledge in this area and can lead to the New Zealand Certificate in Māori Traditional Food Production, Harvest and Management (Level 3). You will gain a solid foundation in industries such as commercial fishing, forestry, agriculture and horticulture, able to apply a holistic framework to your work, and understand the steps needed to work towards protecting and enhancing our natural environment.

Duration

20 Weeks

Delivery

Blended learning

Location

Kokiri Training Centre, Dunedin

Career potential

Conservationist, Guide, Host, Tourism, Wellbeing Assessor, Whānau Support

Horticulture, Study Prep & Pathways

A place to start if you want to work in farming, horticulture, agriculture, conservation or other outdoor-related areas. This programme is a mix of study and hands-on experience. You'll take part in practical workshops, volunteer in the community, undertake 150 hours of work, explore your study or career path, learn about Health and Safety and build your employability skills (reading, writing, numeracy, digital literacy, use of Te Reo). 

Duration

8 Weeks

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Entry-level roles, Further tertiary study

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