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Conservation and Biodiversity Management

Study conservation and biodiversity management at Unitec and you’ll learn how to examine ecosystems and advise on the sustainable management of land. You'll also develop an understanding of biosecurity and the impacts, management, and risks of foreign species to a country. It’s great preparation for a rewarding career protecting our natural environment.

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As our human footprint increasingly makes it's mark on the planet, conservation experts are in demand. Unitec’s conservation qualification is a great starting point towards becoming a leader in the conservation, biodiversity management, and biosecurity of Aotearoa.

One of our biggest strengths is in plant identification; a skill well regarded by the conservation industry. We'll help you develop your knowledge and confidence in plant identification. You'll also explore how ecosystems work, and find out how to implement startegies to support biological diversity and the protection and maintenance of the world's natural environments.

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. Here, you'll learn how social, cultural, and policy decisions impact our natural environment, and the ways that biodiversity managers can respond to this. 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, will help you build the expertise you need to make a difference in Aotearoa and around the world.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMME LEVEL DURATION CAREER OPTIONS START DATES
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) 3 Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available Entry into further study at certificate or diploma level. February or July
Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4) 4 Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available Entry into degree-level study at universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics in New Zealand. February or July
Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management) 7 Full-time for three years or part-time options available Biosecurity officer, Conservation manager, Ecology consultant, Environmental officer, Geographic information systems (GIS) analyst, MPI quarantine officer, Regional parks manager 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 and you'll get the chance to participate in work placements with organisations like: