New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 6)

with a strand in Terrestrial

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About this programme

Learn about our amazing wildlife and our fascinating environment, and find out why it is in danger and what we can do to help. Share the journey with the inspiring team of experts from NorthTec and be informed.

The Environmental Management pathway at NorthTec offers three qualifications in three years:

What will you learn?

In this programme you will gain an ecological knowledge of Northland’s terrestrial, freshwater and coastal ecosystems and learn about challenges to biodiversity and resource management, as well as monitoring and evaluating ecosystem dynamics. You’ll also get involved in the protection and restoration of local natural, rural and urban environments and get the chance to make valuable contacts within your chosen field through work placement.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply legislative requirements when conducting environmental activities

  • Design and coordinate environmental monitoring, analysis and reporting

  • Apply knowledge of freshwater biology, ecology by sampling and monitoring.

  • Apply specialised technical knowledge to monitor and manage tasks and operate in a terrestrial environment.


Courses in this programme

Courses Level Credits
6001 - Environmental Management 6 15
6002 - Research Design and Methodology 6 30
6003 - Data Analysis 6 15
6004 - Freshwater Ecology 6 15
6005 - Practicum 6 15
6006 - Conservation Biology 6 15
6007 - Geographic Information Systems 6 15

Education Pathway

On completion of this qualification graduates may progress onto the Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management).

Employment Pathway

Graduates of this qualification will likely be employed in the following contexts:

  • Research assistant

  • Environmental educator

  • Research officer

  • Quarantine/biosecurity officer

  • Bio-surveyor

  • Biodiversity ranger/officer

  • Plant or animal pest officer

  • Waste management auditor.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have gained:

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS Academic score of 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5; or an accepted international equivalence.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success, may gain admission at the discretion of the Programme Leader or designated nominee.


New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 6) with a strand in Terrestrial

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

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Dr Olivier Ball
Dr Olivier Ball

Olly’s interest in conservation was sparked by his childhood realisation that he would never see such wonderful creatures as moa, huia and dodo.




Full time/Part time


1 year full time

Start Dates

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $6,425.52

Student levy may apply

International: $19,240.00

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