FIELD SKILLS

Our Field Sciences Course has been running annually since 2018 in Southern Africa, designed exclusively for biology, geography, environmental and related science students. Our Curricula is practical-based, gaining you a real foundation for careers across field-based wildlife research, conservation or media work.
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Explore your
curiosity

Our field curricular focuses on habitat surveying, species ID, camera trapping, field genetics, animal tracking, and how to plan & carry out a remote field expedition. Our Field Courses partner with local conservation research organisations, giving you real insights into the daily challenges of a conservation & research project in the field!

Biodiversity Survey Methods

Biodiversity Survey Methods

Undertake a mapping & biodiversity survey “bioblitz” learning habitat sampling methods; wildlife survey techniques for vertebrates & invertebrates (both active and passive searches); and the use of qGIS for data input & analysis.
Radio Frequency & Satellite Tracking

Radio Frequency & Satellite Tracking

Actively learn the use of radio & satellite telemetry for tracking and monitoring wildlife. For use in wildlife conservation monitoring projects & behavioural studies.
Spoor Identification & Tracking

Spoor Identification & Tracking

Learn how to identify animal spoor (ID of animal tracks & faeces) in real-life scenarios by expert trackers. Plus how to collect data from them such as DNA and hormone sampling.
Community Conservation Projects

Community Conservation Projects

Be authentically emersed into the local communities and culture, learning first-hand the realities faced within human-wildlife conflict areas. You will learn how to design your own community conservation initiative.
Fieldwork Logistics

Fieldwork Logistics

Actively participate in the planning & prep of remote research, undertaking several overnight field trips including wild camping set-ups, culminating in a four day remote research assignment. You will actively be a part of the research team with assigned roles and real responsibilities.
Camera Trapping

Camera Trapping

Learn how to set & collect camera traps in the field on a large-scale live wildlife monitoring project. Back at base you will learn how to scientifically analyse the data for your own research & conservation projects.
Safety in the Field

Safety in the Field

Workshops and in-situ scenarios to learn safety procedures & methods in the field and working around potentially dangerous wildlife.
Wildlife Veterinary

Wildlife Veterinary

Learn about the use of administering anasthesia and other drugs in the field for conservation purposes, such as attaching a satellite collar or removing a snare from an injured animal.
DNA Sampling

DNA Sampling

Applied methods for species identification across vertebrate and invertebrate groups, such as DNA extraction & sequence analysis.

OUR CONSERVATION
PARTNER

Painted Dog Research Trust (PDRT) was founded in the strong belief that good conservation must be underpinned by sound science. Based just outside of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, PDRT is situated in a landscape mosaic of national parks, forestry, private safari area and communal lands. The field-based conservation ecology centre for data driven trans-boundary research serves as the headquarters for PDRT.

How to Apply?

If you are a current university student wishing to enrol in the Programme, please fill in the details by enquiring for further information on the course and the application process.