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.

The Marine Kaitiaki Course is funded by Jobs For Nature from 2021 to 2024. The TriOceans teams is currently seeking funding to keep this fantastic mahi going in 2025. Follow us on social media to keep up to date!

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   –   Kerikeri, Bay of Islands  –  Nex intake dates to be confirmed

“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 – next intake date to be confirmed

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 – The team is seeking funding for the 2025 Marine Kaitiaki Course. Contact us for any questions on!

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

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