Conservation Guardianship (1st Year & 2nd Year)

CONSERVATION GUARDIANSHIP – FIELD RANGER (1st Year Skills Program)

Game Rangers and Field Rangers are the principal guardians of the world’s premier natural and cultural protected areas.

Field Rangers have a fundamental role in explaining the importance of natural and cultural resources to the public, thereby awakening in them the essential desire and interest in conserving them for future generations;

Field Rangers are involved in complex and highly important tasks in preservation of natural and cultural resources, which constitute core elements of the world’s natural and cultural heritage.

FET Certificate: Nature Conservation Guardianship (2nd Year Full Qualification)

The National Certificate: Nature Conservation Guardianship addresses skills and competencies enabling entry level employment and positions qualifying learners to access opportunities for further development and training in the Nature Conservation environment.

After successful completion of this qualification, learners will be able to:

• Understand the Nature Conservation Sector.
• Operate in the Nature Conservation environment.
• Contribute to the maintaining of area integrity through:
Operational involvement in law enforcement.
Operational involvement in resources management.
Contributing to Physical infrastructure maintenance.

Rationale:

The Nature Conservation Sector is a highly regulated environment tasked with the protection and utilization of our Natural resources and heritage whilst ensuring, controlling and managing access to this environment by both national and international tourists.

The utilization of our natural resources protected and managed by Nature Conservation, is a main tourism attraction and thus contributes significantly to the country's foreign exchange earnings and the marketing of South Africa as a tourism destination.
A variety of organizations contributes to and operates within this sector, including:

• The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT).
• Provincial Local Conservation Authorities including conservatories and NGO's.
• National Parks including SANPARKS and KZNWildlife.
• Private Game Nature Reserves including a vast range of private game lodges.

The sector, by its very nature, requires the operational implementation of the legislative frameworks protecting and guarding our natural heritage and this takes place in three main operational focus areas contributing to what is commonly referred to as area integrity, namely:

• Enforcement of legal requirements as it relates to the protection of endangered species, and guarding against and taking the necessary action in instances of poaching to name but two important components of this focus area.
•  Resource management in terms of fauna, flora and biodiversity, incorporating components of natural/environmental infrastructure maintenance as it relates to for example, the protection of indigenous fauna, removal of invader plant species and managing of soil erosion.

• Physical infrastructure maintenance as it relates to the infrastructure necessary to maintain the operational environment as well as infrastructure used from a tourism perspective within the operational environment.

These three main operational focus areas reflected in the qualification, define the main operational and vocational objectives across the envisaged career path resulting from this qualification.

The skills and competencies gained in the entry-level qualification enables the qualifying learner to take up the role of conservation resources guardianship whilst ensuring that the understanding gained of the environment as well as conservation ethics is applied in the sector in one of the following entry- level positions:

• Game Scout.
• Game Ranger.
• Field Ranger.
• Conservation worker.

The acquiring of recognized skills and abilities is therefore required by the sector in order to meet legislative and operational requirements and to remain profitable in order to increase growth and job opportunities whilst the main objective of the protection and effective utilization of our natural resources are maintained at operational level.