2019 1st Australian Wildlife Conservation Training Course (Introductory)


Please apply using the application form below. Applications will close once maximum numbers have been reached. In principle, AJWCEF members will receive priority. Application for membership can be made at the same time as application for training courses. In this case, applicants are treated as members for the purpose of training course applications. When applying, please ensure that you read the Training Course Overview.

11th March (Mon) - 23rd March (Sat) 2019 (13 days)

Participants are to meet at 8 a.m. on 11th March at the arrival lobby of the Gold Coast Airport, Coolangatta, for transfer to accommodation. * The course starts and finishes on location at the Gold Coast, so participants are free to spend time there before or after the course as they choose. * If you require assistance with purchasing flights and arranging insurance, please contact the AJWCEF Head Office by email: training@ajwcef.org.

University students, technical college students or the general public who have limited knowledge about or experience with wildlife; people who would like to learn more about Australian wildlife.

Number of Participants
16 (AJWCEF members will be given priority. Application for membership can be made at the same time as training course applications, in which case priority will apply.)

Application Period 3rd December – 31st December 2018
Applications will close when maximum participant numbers are reached.

Facilities for Practical Training and observational Visits
1. David Fleay Wildlife Park (Queensland facility)
2. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital (National Trust facility)
3. Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
4. Bats Qld (Flying Foxes & Microbats) Inc. *Facilities visited may change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Course Content
1. Morphology (marsupials, monotremes)
2. Basic anatomy
3. Ecology
4. Basic animal husbandry
5. Basic reproduction
6. Management and breeding of endangered animals in captivity
7. Wildlife quarantine
8. Zoonoses
9. Effect of environmental destruction on the ecosystem
10.Basic English conversation

Practical Training
1. Australian wildlife conservation and protection (incl. endangered and rare marsupials and monotremes)
2. Husbandry of captive Australian wildlife (incl. endangered and rare marsupials and monotremes)
3. Basics of examination, hospitalization and rehabilitation of Australian wildlife
4. Basic autopsy of koalas and other Australian wildlife
5. Wildlife observation and survey
6. Wildlife spotting by kayak
*Course content, practical training and observational visits may change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Course Schedule (provisional)

Flight Reservations
Because this tour commences with participants gathering at the Gold Coast Airport, participants will need to make their own flight arrangements. In general, the most convenient and cost-effective way is to fly with Jetstar directly from Narita to the Gold Coast, or from Kansai Airport via Narita to the Gold Coast. Please note, however, that Jetstar does re-schedule flights from time to time. Furthermore, in order to be at the Gold Coast on the morning of 11th March, participants will need to book flights that depart no later than the evening of 10th March.

Information is available on Jetstar’s home page (http://www.jetstar.com/au/en/home) and bookings can be easily made in 10-15 minutes by following the instructions. Although you are not required to enter a passport number at this time, you will need to have a credit card ready to make the payment. If you require further assistance, please contact the AJWCEF Head Office by email: training@ajwcef.org. We are also able to recommend a reliable travel agent should you require help with flight and insurance arrangements (being a not-for-profit organisation, AJWCEF itself is not a travel agent). Please be aware, however, that booking through a travel agent will add to the cost of these elements.

Accommodation & Meals
Depending on the ratio of male to female participants, accommodation may be twin share (2 people) or a suite room (up to 6 people). Apartments feature a spacious living area and a fully equipped kitchen (refrigerator, microwave oven, oven, crockery, etc.) so you can choose whether to self-cater for yourself or as a group, or dine out. Any groceries required for self-catering are not included in course fees, but based on the current cost of food in Australia $100-$150 should be sufficient for one person for 13 days. If required, an AJWCEF staff member will accompany participants to the nearby shopping centre.

Isle of Palms Resort (http://www.isleofpalms.com.au)
* Accommodation may be changed in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Health & Vaccinations
Please advise us of any health issues, allergies, etc., when applying to participate in the training course. Please also ensure that tetanus vaccinations are up to date (within the last ten years), or arrange vaccination no later than two weeks prior to commencement of the course.

Participants must take out appropriate insurance (to cover illness, injury, hospitalization, loss, etc.) prior to commencement of the training course. The AJWCEF takes no responsibility for accidents or losses during free time or those caused by negligence of the person in question. Participants will be asked to provide copies of insurance documents at the commencement of the course.

Cost AUD$3,950.00
Members receive priority and enjoy a $50 discount on course cost (application for membership can be made with course application, in which case, discount will apply). Cost includes seminar fees, practical training sessions, facility usage fees, accommodation costs, local transport costs (excluding free time), and welcome and farewell parties. Airfares, meals and money for free time are not included. * Part of the proceeds of the training course will be donated to activities for the conservation of Australian wildlife.

Those wishing to apply to participate should complete the application form and send by email to the following. Successful applicants will be sent approval to participate and payment instructions by email. If you do not have an email address please contact AJWCEF by phone in the first instance to make a tentative reservation and forward your application by post as soon as possible. If your application in accepted, you will be notified by regular mail. Please contact us if you require clarification on any aspect of the training course. Please deposit the training course fee into the account below within 10 days of receipt of the participation authorisation form.

Training Course Application Form
Microsoft Office Word

Send applications to:
Australia-Japan Wildlife Conservation and Education Foundation Head Office
Postal address:
PO Box 1362, Kenmore,
Queensland, 4069 Australia
Phone: +61 7 3195-4749
E-mail: training@ajwcef.org

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation after payment will incur the following penalties.
30 days to 7 days prior to commencement 30%
6 days or 1 day prior to commencement 60%
Commencement day or later 100%

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