Study conservation on Abrolhos Islands SCHOLARSHIPS OPEN UNTIL JULY 10

17 June 2015

Imagine completing a conservation and land management qualification in a pristine environment, under a big, blue sky, surrounded by the crystal clear Indian Ocean, and taught by industry qualified lecturers.

The opportunity is now available to students nation-wide, to study at Durack's Batavia Coast Maritime Institute (BCMI) in Geraldton. Time will be spent on the amazing Abrolhos Islands as you study for your Certificate III, IV, or Diploma in Conservation and Land Management (CALM).

Applications are open until July 10 for the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) scholarships delivered through Durack.

Maryke Gray

BCMI Biodiversity Conservation Projects Manager

Maryke Gray

Alice James

BCMI A/Training Director

Alice James

Scholarships are available to students nation-wide, to work hands-on in the field with industry qualified lecturers on the amazing Abrolhos Islands, 60km off the WA coast. Students will work on the Abrolhos Island Restoration Project, funded by the Australian Government, where they will learn practical skills including on-site groundworks, biodiversity monitoring and developing site management plans.

Study is also undertaken at the state-of-the-art training, research and development facility at BCMI, right on the beachfront in Geraldton.

Scholarship recipients will build on their skills in conservation and land management working on real world biodiversity conservation projects, guided by highly trained professionals. The skills gained are broadly transferable to a variety of industries from agriculture, fishing and mining, to tourism and rehabilitation.

“One of many highlights while studying Conservation and Land Management at BCMI has been visiting the Abrolhos islands to carry out vegetation surveys and undertake weed control”.

- Jarna Kendle, 2015 Semester One Scholarship Recipient

NACC Scholarship Winners 

Students studying Certificate III and IV will work mostly in the field. They will learn practical skills in plant identification, weed control techniques, seed collection, erosion control, fencing, navigation, pest management, plant and site restoration and revegetation.

The Diploma in Conservation and Land Management builds on that knowledge and gives students the ability to take on-site management planning at a regional level, including determining environmental threats and developing plans to restore the ecosystem.

However, the best bit is the learning environment. All study level students will be involved with the Abrolhos Islands Restoration Project, engaging in groundworks, biodiversity monitoring and developing site management plans.

In this pristine environment, CALM students work alongside Durack lecturers aiming to protect and restore native flora and habitats through strategic revegetation with local native species.

Durack offers accommodation for scholarship recipients who need to relocate to Geraldton. Durack manages the Pepperell Student Village on its main campus, walking distance to classrooms, training workshops, downtown shopping and only metres from a spectacular beach.

Self-contained units with set reasonable fees and no hidden costs make the opportunity to apply for a NACC Scholarship in Conservation and Land Management too good to miss. And wouldn’t this look good on your resume?

Applications close 10 July 2015 and courses begin early August 2015.

Applications are available online at here>>>

More information is available from or phone (08) 9956 2892


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