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    A research project relating to some aspect of wildlife management conducted as a placement within a host organisation

    This placement is often completed sometime between October and March. The write up takes place during the following first semester in association with tutorial sessions.

    A University of Otago qualification in Wildlife Management is an ideal qualification for those seeking employment as: conservation officers, pest control and resource managers, scientific research technicians, scientific advisers for government and non-government research and conservation organisations.

    About this paper

    Paper title Wildlife Management Research Placement
    Subject Wildlife Management
    EFTS 0.3333
    Points 40 points
    Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (On campus)
    1st Non standard period (1 January 2024 - 21 June 2024) (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,401.99
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    Dr Jo Monks

    Teaching staff

    Dr Jo Monks

    Paper Structure

    This paper is designed to provide frontline wildlife management and research experience. Students spend approximately 8 weeks working on an applied research project within a wildlife management organisation. This paper aims to provide an opportunity to apply learning, skills and wider knowledge to design and conduct research, including the critical evaluation of relevant literature, the formulation of a robust research protocol and the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of quantitative data relating to some aspect of wildlife management.

    Throughout the year we seek and receive placement offers from host organisations, such as the Department of Conservation, Fish and Game Councils, Crown Research Institutes and Regional Councils. A register of potential placements is maintained and updated throughout the year.

    Teaching Arrangements

    WILM 501 commences with introductory and preparatory work to select your placement project and develop a research proposal, including literature review, for your chosen topic. Research placements take place over approx. 8 weeks, depending on the project, and the paper concludes with your own write up and presentation of research results.


    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Otago Wildlife Management graduates will have an understanding of the processes and interactions at work in ecological communities and will recognise the principles of wildlife population persistence, change or decline. Students will graduate with a toolkit of techniques with which to gather and analyse information and answer questions about wildlife populations and will be able to apply their skills to address real-life problems. Above all MWLM graduates will have appreciation of the need for and an ability to apply critical thinking, scientific rigour and a systematic approach to the management of wildlife.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22

    1st Non standard period (1 January 2024 - 21 June 2024)

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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