Diploma in Nature Conservation | UMP

APS Required



3 year(s)







  • Minimum APS: 30
  • English (Home or First Additional Language) Level 4
  • Mathematics Level 2 or Mathematical Literacy: Level 3
  • Mathematical Literacy Level 3
  • Recommended Subjects: Life Sciences and Geography: Level 4

National Certificate (Vocational)

  • NCV level 4 in primary Agriculture with at least 50% for English (Home or First Additional Language), 30% for Mathematics or 40% for Mathematical Literacy

Students will be considered on a monthly basis and students who meet or exceed the minimum entrance requirements will be offered places.

Career Prospects

A Diploma in Nature Conservation provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect and manage natural environments and biodiversity. In South Africa, a country known for its rich and diverse ecosystems, graduates with this qualification can pursue rewarding career opportunities in conservation and environmental management. Here are some potential career paths for diploma holders in Nature Conservation:

  1. Conservation Officer: Work for government agencies, NGOs, or private organizations to implement conservation initiatives and manage protected areas such as national parks, game reserves, and wildlife sanctuaries. Conservation officers are responsible for monitoring wildlife populations, enforcing conservation laws, and conducting habitat restoration projects.
  2. Environmental Educator: Educate and engage communities, schools, and visitors about environmental conservation, biodiversity, and sustainable living practices. Environmental educators develop and deliver educational programs, interpretive tours, and outreach events to promote environmental awareness and stewardship.
  3. Park Ranger: Patrol and maintain protected areas, ensuring visitor safety, wildlife protection, and environmental conservation. Park rangers enforce park regulations, provide information to visitors, and participate in conservation projects such as habitat restoration and invasive species management.
  4. Wildlife Technician: Assist in wildlife research, monitoring, and management activities, including data collection, animal tracking, and habitat assessment. Wildlife technicians work alongside conservation biologists and ecologists to study wildlife populations, behavior, and ecology in natural habitats.
  5. Ecotourism Guide: Lead guided tours and ecotourism experiences in natural areas, showcasing local biodiversity, cultural heritage, and conservation efforts. Ecotourism guides provide interpretation, storytelling, and environmental education to visitors, promoting responsible travel and sustainable tourism practices.
  6. Environmental Compliance Officer: Ensure compliance with environmental regulations and permits in industries such as mining, forestry, and construction. Environmental compliance officers conduct environmental impact assessments, monitor pollution levels, and develop mitigation measures to minimize environmental impacts and ensure sustainable development.
  7. Community Conservation Coordinator: Collaborate with local communities, indigenous groups, and stakeholders to develop and implement community-based conservation initiatives. Community conservation coordinators facilitate participatory decision-making, capacity-building, and sustainable livelihood projects that balance conservation goals with community needs and aspirations.
  8. Nature Reserve Manager: Manage and administer nature reserves, including budgeting, staffing, and resource allocation. Nature reserve managers develop management plans, coordinate conservation activities, and engage stakeholders to protect and enhance natural habitats and biodiversity.
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