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As our human footprint increasingly makes its mark on the planet, conservation experts are in demand. Unitec’s conservation qualification is a great starting point towards becoming one of New Zealand’s conservation, biodiversity management or biosecurity leaders. You’ll explore how ecosystems work and find out how to implement strategies to support biological diversity and the protection and maintenance of the world's natural environments.

One of our biggest strengths is plant identification, a skill well regarded by the conservation industry. We'll help you develop your knowledge and confidence with plant identification and you’ll also find out how social, cultural and policy decisions impact our natural environment, and the ways biodiversity managers can respond to this.

Government agencies and voluntary organisations have a big impact on biodiversity and you’ll see this for yourself during practical work placements at places like the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), Department of Conservation (DOC) and Auckland Council.

You'll also have the chance to complete a research report in your own area of interest. All this, plus a teaching team of highly qualified and respected scientists and industry consultants to help you build the expertise you need to make a difference.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMMELEVELDURATIONCAREER OPTIONSSTART DATES
Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 3): Whitinga3Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableThis programme prepares you for further study at certificate or diploma level.Starts February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)3Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableThis programme prepares you for further study at certificate or diploma level.February or July (depending on NZQA approval)
Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4)4Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableThis programme prepares you ready for degree-level study at universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics in New Zealand.February or July
Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management)7Full-time for three years or part-time options availableBiosecurity officer, Conservation manager, Ecology consultant, Environmental officer, Geographic information systems (GIS) analyst, MPI quarantine officer, Regional parks managerStarts February or July
Bachelor of Applied Science (Science Communication)7Full-time for three years or part-time options availableScience communications advisor, Science journalist, Science educator, Science media presenter, Documentary maker, Researcher, Science content creatorStarts February or July

Industry connections

Unitec staff are members of, and work closely with, the following professional associations:

Work experience

Study a conservation, biodiversity management and biosecurity qualification abd you'll get the chance to participate in work placements with organisations like: