Conservation Scholarships Highlight Working Partnerships

12 January 2015

Applications are now open to apply for scholarships to study the Certificate III, IV and Diploma in Conservation and Land Management at the Batavia Coast Maritime Institute (BCMI) in Geraldton.

The scholarships are supported by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) in partnership with Durack Institute of Technology, through funding from the Australian Government.

The newly created scholarships will enable recipients the opportunity to build on their skills in conservation and land management while working on real world biodiversity conservation projects. This includes participating in once-in-a-lifetime opportunities such as training on-site at the world famous Abrolhos Islands and working closely with industry partners in the fishing, aquaculture, agriculture, mining, tourism, parks and wildlife and forestry sectors.


BCMI is committed to working with industry partners to generate the baseline research, knowledge and tools to tackle key marine and environmental challenges encountered by industry in WA.

Training at BCMI capitalizes on these opportunities to work with the local mining industry on projects such as those at MMG Golden Grove currently focused on looking at aquaculture feasibility in waste water, or to assess water quality and undertake training in laboratory operations with Iluka Resources, GMA Garnet and Karara Mining Ltd.

In a similar collaboration, students are able to work with the Department of Parks and Wildlife in Mingenew to protect and conserve the endangered Feather Flower. In Eneabba, students can work with Iluka Resources to collect seeds which can lead to opportunities for future employment with further rehabilitation work.

Successful scholarship winners will benefit from workplace experience, internships, guest lecturers and industry insights giving them a significant advantage and foot in the door of their chosen career. With a real-world approach to training projects in partnerships with industry partners and stakeholders, BCMI equips students with industry knowledge and experience before they graduate.

Successful scholarship recipients will have 75% of their course fees covered by financial assistance with the opportunity to apply for a re-location allowance if required. The scholarship selection panel will award winners based on academic merit and industry experience, commitment to their studies and passion for the environment.

The closing date for scholarship applications is 16 January 2015, with interviews scheduled to commence 23 January to determine the potential recipients. All courses will be starting in early February 2015.

For more information about these scholarships, visit the Durack website or contact or call (08) 9956 2892.


Durack’s Conservation and Land Management students on-site work to protect critically endangered plants with Janet Newell from the Department of Parks and Wildlife.


FT - Full time

PT - Part time

FLX - Flexible

RPL - Recognition of prior learning

ONL - Online

OPL - Open learning

PRE - Preapprenticeship

APP - Apprenticeship

TRN - Traineeship

WPA - Workplace assessment