How to become a leader in sustainability with a conservation and ecosystem management course


Prashun Thipaiah’s passion for conservation and sustainability started when growing up on his family’s coffee farm in India.

His respect for nature and environment has led him to a AHC40920 Certificate IV in Conservation and Ecosystem Management and a new career.

“Growing up, I spent all my time outdoors exploring the wilderness and observing the native flora and fauna around me, which I've carried through my life. I always knew I would like to be working outdoors,” says Prashun.

Working previously in tourism, Prashun transitioned into conservation and land management and has used his Holmesglen course to learn about biodiversity and re-vegetation projects and pest, plant and animal management.

"My course has taught me a great deal about the importance of correct plant identification and the ability to tackle various invasive species.

“I’ve enjoyed the way it has focused on the importance of native flora and fauna while looking back at Australia’s cultural history, which plays a significant part in the way we should look at conservation and sustainability practices.”

What careers are available in conservation and land management?

Conservation and land management jobs are interesting and varied. Conservation and land management graduates can work as:

  • conservation workers
  • natural reserves rangers
  • Green Army supervisors
  • environmental officers
  • Landcare officers.

Prashun works in a natural resource management team in Melbourne's western region. His team carries out conservation activities along Melbourne's waterways to ensure they are healthy and functioning. Some of his roles include:

  • weed control
  • native flora management
  • revegetation planning and management.

What qualities do you need to work in conservation and land management?

Conservation and land management workers need to be inquisitive, organised and thorough, such as when inspecting and monitoring various natural environments.

Prashun says conservation and land management workers should keep learning on the job and be keen to apply their new learnings and techniques quickly.

“The industry is constantly evolving…there are new methods and ideas being brought up.”

What are my conservation and land management study pathways?

Students who complete the AHC40920 Certificate IV in Conservation and Ecosystem Management have further study options to complement their skills and build their career opportunities.

Holmesglen also offers the AHC5110 Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Managementwhich looks at environmental science and general land management.

Some graduates also go on to study the AHC50416 Diploma of Horticulture and become parks and gardens managers.

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