And Monitoring Techniques
Join us as we explore various techniques for data collection and monitoring on a course that is the perfect blend of hands-on, field-based learning and classroom lectures. Learners who complete the six-week course are eligible to become certified with CATHSSETA as a Research Assistant.
This two, four or six- week course is run by our partner, Chrysalis Nature College and based at Wilderness Leadership School’s headquarters in Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve.
This course is ideal for:
We work on different reserves and private game farms, that often have all or some of the Big 5. We provide a service of collecting data to suit a need of the reserve or farm owner, the techniques that we use are in line with the required technique on the reserve and are techniques used internationally, allowing for the skills learnt to be used in research and monitoring worldwide. The data that we collect are not only used by our participants to do their assessments, but to assist reserves and private farm owners to better manage their properties, and ultimately lead to better conservation decisions being made.
Learners have the option of joining the course for either two, four, or six weeks. Each two-week segment will build on the one previous to it, so a longer stay will allow for a more in-depth understanding of the principles and techniques on which we focus throughout the course.
Week One & Two: An introduction to the field of Research and Monitoring
The research focus during the first two weeks is on doing vegetation surveys- using Alien Invasive Plants in a Nature Reserve or on a Private Farm as a case study. The techniques learnt are in line with techniques used by researchers and monitors worldwide, and therefore can be applied to research and monitoring projects around the globe.
Week Three & Four: Terrestrial Ecology and Survey Techniques
This segment of the course builds on the introduction learned in the previous two weeks. Much of the course is spent out in the field, practising and perfecting various research and monitoring techniques, which may include:
These are done in conjunction with:
Other survey techniques may be included if there is a need expressed by the partners that we are working with.
Four-week students will complete a final assessment report, which can be submitted up to a month after the course.
Week Five & Six: Marine Ecology and Marine Survey Techniques
The course affords participants the opportunity to spend a large portion of their time in the field, learning not only, about the research and monitoring techniques taught, but also having the opportunity to spend time in nature and learn by being immersed in nature and the marine environment.
Where time and opportunity allow, we also do guided bush walks and early morning or evening game drives, for the enjoyment of it, and for participants to learn more about the African bushveld, and have some photo opportunities.
During the course, you will complete various assignments and practical tasks, with a final report that needs to be submitted. Should you successfully complete all of the requirements of the assessments, you will receive a certificate of completion for this course stating the modules and techniques covered in the course.
All training, and assessments are in line with the nationally accredited Skills Programme, Research Assistant.
Field work will be conducted at various nature and game reserves around KwaZulu-Natal, and the Eastern Cape.
Our next starting Date:
12 August 2019
Course costs include:
Wilderness Leadership School Trust
c/o Ewing Trust Company (Pty) Ltd,
Mafavuke House, 28 Old Main Road,
+27 82 335 2687