Wanting a career change, James Allen got out of the hospitality industry and into the outdoors studying conservation and land management.
Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
After a decade working in hospitality, I was ready for a change and wanted to move into something where I could spend more time working outdoors.
Within a year of starting the program, I’d become involved with Merri Creek Management Committee, Iramoo Grasslands Nursery, Victorian National Parks Associations Nature Watch program and BirdLife Australia- to name just a few, and developing a greater understanding of the world, ecologically speaking. I've also been employed as a project firefighter for Parks Victoria over the summer.
The Diploma of Conservation and Land Management is a really well-rounded program, providing practical skills like plant and animal identification through to in-depth theoretic understandings of chemistry and biology, as well as the way human culture impacts on scientific issues.
One of the my highlights was spending nearly a week in the Western Plains district of Victoria with the Gudijtmara people. It gave me a real insight into Victoria’s history and the advanced engineering prowess of a people considered to be nomadic until recently.
Exposure to people and organisations with such in-depth knowledge and skills, and passion for their work, has inspired me to keep studying. I’m planning to undertake a degree in environmental science so I can keep expanding on my skills and knowledge and would like to end up working as an environmental health officer.“