The Certificate of Nature Animation

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Interested in a career as a National Park Ranger?

Applications Have Closed for 2021

Are you interested in a career in environmental conservation? The National Parks and Wildlife Service have partnered with Munster Technological University and Leave No Trace Ireland to deliver a new, unique level 6 accredited training course

The Certificate in Nature Animation has been developed in response to demand from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), which is a line division of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, to increase the number of park rangers for National Parks, Nature Reserves and Wildfowl sanctuaries throughout Ireland.

The course modules blend elements of ecology, wildlife biology, sustainability and communication.

Beginning in April 2021 and running until December 2021, the course modules will include;

  • Module 1: Nature Wildlife & Habitats in Ireland
  • Module 2: Communications and Visitor Experiance
  • Module 3: Work-Based Learning
  • Module 4: Sustainable Handling of Our Wildlife Habitats
  • Module 5: Practicing Nature Interpretation.

The programme will be delivered part-time through blended learning. It will include influential guest speakers, practical site visits, online discussion forums and practical projects.

Completed applications must be returned to by 1:00pm Monday the 22nd of February. Applications submitted after the date will not be considered.

Due to the expected high demand and limited space, applications will then be shortlisted. Interviews will be organised to ensure the most suitable candidates are selected. Successful applications will receive a €205 per week, paid work-based learing stipend as part of their studies.

Graduates of the course will be:

  • A good communicator Irish biodiversity heritage.
  • An effective interpreter of nature and its protection to a range of stakeholder groups.
  • A practitioner of national park experience design and provision.
  • A demonstrator of responsible use of our national parks.
  • An accredited Leave No Trace Trainer.
Certificate of Nature Animation – Special Purpose Award Brochure
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