Is this course for you?

Are you seeking to kick-start a career in marine conservation?

Do you want to deepen your connection and knowledge of te moana?

This annual course is a special opportunity for local young adults to get the training and skills needed to dive into a marine career.

An employment focused program where you will gain a wide range of hands-on marine conservation experience. Working with Māori kaitiaki leaders, marine researchers, and conservation specialists, you will learn valuable skills and knowledge about New Zealand’s marine environment. Participants will complete distinguished certifications, engage in interactive coursework and collaborative projects throughout the program.

6 months Full time   –   Waipapa, Bay of Islands   –   Next intake: January – July 2024   –   Cost to students: $0 – Funded by Jobs For Nature

“Being part of the Te Pēwhairangi Marine Kaitiaki Training Course means more than completing a certification program, it means being part of a strong community dedicated to kaitiakitanga o te moana. Join us in a commitment to excellence and change within our community to protect te moana for generations to come! Nau mai, haere mai!”

Course Details:

6 months, full-time – 22nd January to 24th July 2024

Funded by Jobs For Nature – the course is offered at no cost for the students

Class size: 8 students

Main topics:

  • Marine biology – focus on New Zealand ecosystems and taxons
  • Vessel handling
  • Matauranga Maori
  • Marine research techniques

Interact with fisheries, aquaculture, ecotourism, and environmental governance professionals!

Certificates obtained during the course:

  • Boatmasters
  • First Aid
  • PADI Open Water
  • PADI Free Diver
  • Marine Mammal Medic (Project Jonah)
  • And more!

No previous experience required. Located in the Bay of Islands – Te Pēwhairangi

Applications for the 2024 course are closed

Next course : January – July 2024 – Applications are closed for the 2024 course

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