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.


woman planting seedlings in a large garden

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

Horticulture, Study Prep & Pathways

A place to start if you want to work in farming, horticulture, agriculture, conservation or other outdoor-related areas. You'll take part in practical workshops, volunteer in your community and do 150 hours of work. At the same time you'll build employability and study skills and get clarity on your next step.


9 Weeks Full-time


On campus



Career potential

Entry-level roles, Further tertiary study

Agriculture & Animal Healthcare, Horticulture

Understand the steps needed towards protecting and enhancing our natural environment. Learn to apply a holistic framework to your future work and gain an understanding of industries such as commercial fishing, forestry, agriculture and horticulture.


20 Weeks Full-time


Blended learning


Kokiri Training Centre, Dunedin

Career potential

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

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