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Lincoln University and the Department of Conservation are teaming up to meet ‘a desperate need’ in the parks and recreation sector.
Lincoln is reintroducing a unique Parks and Outdoor Recreation major and DOC will fund seven scholarships for students enrolled in this year’s first intake of the programme.
The major, which was previously offered from 2008 to 2014, is the only one of its kind offered in New Zealand.
It is designed to equip students for roles in parks and reserves management, nature-based tourism, visitor services and recreation policy or planning. “Good management of our iconic natural landscapes and ecosystems is key to the success of the visitor industry. These skills are desperately needed to manage theincrease in visitors,” DOC Director- General, Lou Sanson said.
Lincoln University Parks and Recreation senior lecturer, Stephen Espiner, said recent research has highlighted a pressing need for more skilled workers.