Southern African Wildlife College Short Courses Offered

Southern African Wildlife College Short Courses Offered

SMART – Spatial Monitoring & Research Tool

SMART is highly flexible tool for collecting spatial and temporal information of unlimited types. It allows for fast and efficient data collection analysis and presentation in a standardised format. This facilitates for broad based comparisons across projects and across departments/organisations and, importantly, reduces data processing times.

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4 days

Computer Skills

Use and apply computer literacy in the execution of operational activities according to operational requirements.

Scope:
  • 5 days

Sustainable Utilisation and Guiding: View Potentially Dangerous Animals

Law Enforcement: Conservation Law Enforcement

Park Wardens, Conservation Agency Management Staff, People involved in designing, planning, monitoring and evaluation of Parks and Reserves or Conservation Programmes.

Law Enforcement: Ensuring Ecosystem Integrity

Drill and discipline, weapon handling, tracking and bush-craft, patrols, observation posts, radio procedures, map reading, anti-poaching techniques, monitoring of species. Field rangers’ supervisors.

Law Enforcement: Rhino Ambassadors Course

Law Enforcement: Track a Person in a Natural Environment

Law Enforcement: Natural Resource Protection

Planning and implementation of security operations in protected areas. Development of strategic protection plans, development of training and deployment of field rangers. Park wardens / managers, rangers and senior field staff, people involved with the implementation of security operations and law enforcement within protected areas.

People and Conservation: Cultural Heritage Management

Apply conservation management principles in support of the management of cultural heritage in the area of operation.

People and Conservation: Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM)

Southern African principles of community-based natural resource management. Understanding the relationship between communities and natural resource management/conservation and to gain an understanding of local communities and their issues, to influence policy on community issues and implement projects within their local area of operation.

People and Conservation: Environmental Education

Overview of current trends in environmental education and review of the principles of environmental education in general. Understand learning theory and how it relates to programme development in the context of natural resource management to become familiar with education strategies aimed at the youth and adult groups. Individuals from the private sector and environmental educators.

People and Conservation: Introduction to Environmental Education

People and Conservation: Introduction to Community Development and Conservation

The linkages between conservation and community development. The concept of participation in conservation. Appropriate strategies to involve communities in conservation management processes. An integrated approach to community development and conservation. Individuals interested in working with communities surrounding conservation areas.

Administration for Conservation: Financial Management

Use and apply financial management techniques to plan and manage conservation operations in own area of responsibility. Draft and present financial budgets to support operational objectives as it applies to conservation planning in a conservation area. Apply financial management principles at operational level. Design, implement and evaluate financial control systems in support of financial management objectives and operations. Park Wardens, Conservation Agency Management Staff, People involved in designing, planning, monitoring and evaluation of Parks and Reserves or Conservation Programmes, Lodge owners and staff.

Administration for Conservation: Principles of Financial Administration

Use and apply financial administration techniques to plan and manage conservation operations in own area of responsibility. Draft and present financial budgets to support operational objectives as it applies to planning in a conservation area. Apply financial administration principles and techniques at operational level. Learn to use financial control systems in support of financial management objectives and operations. Park Wardens, Conservation Agency Management Staff, People involved in designing, planning, monitoring and evaluation of Parks and Reserves or Conservation Programmes.

Administration for Conservation: Conservation Administration

Administrative management is about managing information through people. It mainly deals with being able to guide your work, organisation (framework to work by), control, evaluation, efficient / smooth running of organisation, base for strategic planning, budgeting, work plans.

Administration for Conservation: Communication Skills

This module covers the following: Communication theory, communication barriers, professional written communication and presentation techniques. Suitable for anyone in a networking role.

Administration for Conservation: Human Resource Management

Principles of management and human resource management. The effect of external factors on management practices. Effective leadership skills. Application of motivation dynamics and the impact on productivity in the workplace. Basic interviewing skills in recruitment, selection and placement. Performance appraisals. Grievance and disciplinary procedures. Development of job descriptions. Communication skills. Basic skills relating to training needs assessment in the workplace. Managers, assistants, people in leadership or supervisory roles, Individuals who want to learn management principles.

Administration for Conservation: Personnel Management

Administration for Conservation: Project Management

The course covers : the project cycle, development of project concepts, project design, planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation and fundraising techniques. Managers, coordinators, supervisors, individuals who want to manage projects in the tourism and hospitality industries.

Research and Monitoring: Animal Studies

Park Wardens, Conservation Agency Management Staff, People involved in designing, planning, monitoring and evaluation of Parks and Reserves or Conservation Programmes.

Research and Monitoring: Vegetation Studies

Research and Monitoring: Basic Ecology

This module deals with understanding the term Ecology and the principles involved. How our understanding of Ecology influences the way we manage the ecosystems.

Research and Monitoring: Biodiversity Management

This module deals with monitoring biodiversity. We know little about how ecosystems work, yet we tamper with them extensively. Even our efforts at conservation remain largely untested. The only way we can begin to understand what we are doing is through long-term, systematic monitoring of biodiversity at many levels of organisation and spatiotemporal (space and time) scales. Park Wardens, Conservation Agency Management Staff, People involved in designing, planning, monitoring and evaluation of Parks and Reserves or Conservation Programmes. Use and apply biodiversity management in the planning of conservation management

Research and Monitoring: Conservation Research

This module is an introduction to research. It teaches that research is the study and investigation of the world around us in order to give us a better understanding of it. It deals with scientific research by collecting information in an ordered way and interpreting it using existing knowledge and logical reasoning. It describes the types of research: Academic vs. Applied. It discusses the role of research in management by identifying research needs and making research usable to managers. Park Wardens, Conservation Agency Management Staff, People involved in designing, planning, monitoring and evaluation of Parks and Reserves or Conservation Programmes.

Wildlife Area Management: Philosophy and Ethics of Conservation

This module deals with the basic concepts and different approaches to conservation issues. Approaches to conservation based on different belief and values systems. Problems facing the world. Other movements and approaches related to conservation ethics. Interpersonal skills.

Wildlife Area Management: Ensuring Effective Management in Protected Areas

Understanding of the need for protected areas to be managed effectively; The role of Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) tools; The difference between the different types of MEE tools; The limitations of MEE tools in ensuring management effectiveness; The essential principles of a comprehensive management, A basic understanding of how to design and implement a Protected Area. Management System (PAMS). Park wardens, conservation agency management staff, people involved in designing, planning, monitoring and evaluation of parks and reserves or conservation programmes.

Wildlife Area Management: Infrastructure Maintenance

Maintain infrastructure in a conservation environment. Assess and address maintenance requirements as it applies to reserve facilities and infrastructure. Monitor and repair fences in a conservation environment. Implement soil erosion control procedures as it applies to the conservation environment and own area of operation. Implement road and trail maintenance activities according to operational plans and requirements. Anyone in a administrative or project management and networking role.

Wildlife Area Management: Basic Infrastructure Maintenance

Wildlife Area Management: Tourism Management

Tourism products and services associated with protected areas. Community based tourism. Customer service. Public relations and marketing. Tourism facilities. Ecotourism and sustainable tourism development. Development of tourism development plans. Participants will be involved in an assessment that entails developing a Tourism Development Plan for a Conservation / Community Area, as well as undergo practical exercises. Individuals wishing to become tour operators, current tourism and tour operators who would like to expand their knowledge and skills base, professionals in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries, trackers and guides who are involved in the in the wildlife industry.

Wildlife Area Management: Introduction to Tourism Management

Wildlife Area Management: Resource Economics

The link between basic economic theory and wildlife conservation. Economic tools for valuing wildlife costs and benefits. The economic policy factors influencing wildlife conservation. Economic instruments for providing incentives and raising finance for wildlife conservation. Integrating economic principles and tools into park, protected area and CBNRM planning. Wildlife managers, extension officers, people in leadership or supervisory roles and those who want to learn resource economics and its management.

Wildlife Area Management: Catchment Management

Understanding of Structure and Function of River and Lake Systems. Basic Limnological Terminology. Understanding of Point and Non-Point Pollution and their Impacts on Freshwater and Related Ecosystems. Mitigation of Point Source Pollution and Non-Point Source Pollution. Use of Water Quality Parameters. Park Wardens, Conservation Agency Management Staff, People involved in designing, planning, monitoring and evaluation of Parks and Reserves or Conservation Programmes.

Wildlife Area Management: Conservation Management Planning

This module deals with the development of a comprehensive plan for multi designation sites. In addition to planning the management of nature conservation features, plans should also consider stakeholder interests, cultural aspects (including historical, archaeological, religious and spiritual interests), visitor management / tourism, education and interpretation, and social and economic aspects.

Scope:
  • 5 days

Wildlife Area Management: Conservation Land Use Planning

This module deals with an overview of the TFCA land use planning process by identify study area, information collection and background mapping, holding a workshop, situational analysis, concept development plan and land use plan and future environmental character Park Wardens, Conservation Agency Management Staff, People involved in designing, planning, monitoring and evaluation of Parks and Reserves or Conservation Programmes.

Wildlife Area Management: Environmental Development Planning

Use and apply environmental development principles in the planning and implementation of responsible development. Use and apply environmental development principles in the conducting of environmental impact assessments. Identify and evaluate legal frameworks applicable to protected areas development as it applies to environmental development planning in own area of operation. Evaluate development plans in order to assess the meeting of responsible development principles. Evaluate environmental development plans in terms of legal, impact and integrated management requirements. Anyone interested in understanding and applying basic GIS applications.

Wildlife Area Management: Environmental Development Plans

Wildlife Area Management: Transfrontier Conservation Areas Management (TFCA)

Wildlife Area Management: Advanced GIS For Wildlife Management

This course is aimed at advanced GIS concepts and data processing techniques as well as spatial analysis. It is expected that course participants have at least made use of GIS in their working environment having run and applied GIS projects. This course is offered in the ArcGIS environment, all aspects of the suite of software will be covered. In addition a basic project description, outline and process will be dealt with during the course. Anyone who already has a good working knowledge of GIS and is interested in understanding and applying more advanced GIS applications.

Wildlife Area Management: Introduction to GIS Application for Wildlife Management

Introduction to GIS, processes and techniques for presentation, cartography and mapping, GIS/GPS capturing and remote sensing data, GIS as a conservation application. Course participants must be fully computer literate and familiar with the Microsoft Operating Systems and Office Suite. Anyone interested in understanding and applying basic GIS applications.

Skills Programme: Dangerous Game Site Guide: Level 2

This is for entry level people who have expressed an interest in nature guiding. Existing Field Rangers who would like to expand or make a change in their career path.

Scope:

75 days

75 credits

Field Ranger Armed and Field Ranger Unarmed

This is the fundamental training required to qualify a Field Ranger as a Law Enforcement Officer in Conservation areas. See these requirements that need to be in place before a learner apply to attend the Field Ranger Armed course.