A Career in Countryside Management
Byline: ROSEMARY HUNTER
THE move away from the land and the isolation and deprivation of rural communities is becoming a major issue throughout Ireland.
The proper management and development of our rural communities and rural environment is a key factor in the future development of the countryside.
Greater awareness of environmental issues and growing enjoyment of the countryside has led to a growth in careers in this area.
In recognition of this, Greenmount College in partnership with the University of Ulster, offers a Higher National Diploma in Rural and Countryside Management.
The course is aimed at young people interested in work as countryside wardens and rangers, managers of interpretive centres, rural development officers and others careers in this area, for example, with local government and rural groups.
The course is delivered over two years spent in College with a 'sandwich' work placement period with an approved employer of at least six weeks summer work.
The course can be tailored for those already in the industry or for those who wish to pursue this career path.
A full year of work placement is recommended for students who intend to seek employment after the course. …