Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management - AHC51120

Melbourne Polytechnic

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Vocational Education and Training (VET)
CRICOS: 00724G

This qualification reflects the skills and knowledge required for skilled and paraprofessional work in conservation and ecosystem management. Workers with this qualification perform in operational managerial and/or technical positions often with specialist skills and knowledge in a range of sectors. Examples of areas of specialisation include:Indigenous land managementecosystem restoration, rehabilitation and renewalconservation worksparks management and/or administrationwildlife managementmarine and/or coastal managementwater and catchment management.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


  • Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports
  • Manage WHS hazards associated with maintenance and use of plant
  • Develop a management plan for a designated area
  • Develop a water quality monitoring program
  • Negotiate a contract
  • Develop and review a surface water plan
  • Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols
  • Manage erosion and sediment control
  • Lead WHS risk management
  • Design control measures and structures
  • Implement the pest monitoring and evaluation plan
  • Plan conservation earthworks
  • Implement natural and cultural resource management plans
  • Plan and evaluate burning for fuel, ecological and cultural resource management
  • Implement a machinery management system
  • Plan for successful cultural practice at work
  • Provide specialist advice to clients
  • Manage cultural processes in an Indigenous organisation
  • Conduct comprehensive inspection of park facilities
  • Develop interpretive activities
  • Interpret and report on catchment hydrology
  • Develop conservation strategies for cultural resources
  • Implement and coordinate a surface water plan
  • Coordinate the preparation of a regional resource management plan
  • Develop a coastal rehabilitation strategy
  • Negotiate and monitor contracts
  • Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability
  • Investigate suspected breaches of natural resource management legislation
  • Manage implementation of ecological restoration programs
  • Perform sampling and testing of contaminated sites
  • Support the implementation of waterways strategies
  • Develop and manage a flood plan
  • Design an ecological restoration project
  • Manage fauna populations
  • Implement and coordinate a catchment plan
  • Interpret legislation
  • Collect and manage data
  • Coordinate GIS data manipulation and analysis
  • Survey and report on Aboriginal cultural sites
  • Assess land use applications for legislative compliance
  • Develop a monitoring, evaluation and reporting program
  • Undertake project work
  • Collect and classify plants
  • Manage machinery and equipment
  • Provide technical advice on sustainable catchment management
  • Map relationship of business enterprise to culture and Country
  • Manage the implementation of legislation
  • Manage the implementation of a biosecurity emergency control program
  • Operate within Community cultures and goals
  • Define the pest problem
  • Manage natural areas on a rural property
  • Develop and implement sustainable land use strategies
  • Develop a regional pest management plan
  • Protect heritage and cultural assets
  • Develop a pest management plan
  • Develop environmentally sustainable tourism operations
  • Manage enterprise staff requirements
  • Conduct field research into natural and cultural resources
  • Develop and review an irrigation system plan
  • Develop strategies for Indigenous land or sea management
  • Manage work health and safety processes
  • Interpret aspects of local Australian Indigenous culture
  • Develop a system to monitor and evaluate the pest management plan
  • Manage wildfire hazard reduction programs
  • Plan river restoration works
  • Implement a monitoring, evaluation and reporting program
  • Propose a negotiated outcome for a given area of Country
  • Plan and monitor works projects in catchments and waterways
  • Conduct biological surveys
  • Conduct sustainable work practices in open spaces
  • Manage parks and reserves
  • Manage restoration of cultural places
  • Recognise common geological landforms and samples
  • Plan erosion and sediment control measures
  • Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Epping International: $24,600 Yes
  • Full-time : 18 months

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