Maningrida students join Djelk rangers

Nineteen Maningrida School students have successfully completed Certificate 1 and Certificate 2 in Conservation and Land Management, qualifying them for the Learning on Country employment pathway with local Djelk rangers.

Nineteen Maningrida School students have successfully completed Certificate 1 and Certificate 2 in Conservation and Land Management, qualifying them for the Learning on Country employment pathway with local Djelk rangers.
The Arnhem Land school-to-work transition scheme involves the trainees as prospective managers and custodians of land, waters, and traditional culture.
Maningrida School principal Miranda Watt said the entire school stopped to attend the students’ graduation.
“The school and more than 100 members of the community attended, keen to show their pride at the achievements of these future leaders of the community,” she said.
Learning on Country Coordinator Shane Bailey said the paid interns will be involved in a range of tasks, including restoration projects, prescribed burning, cultivating and planting local flora, weed and feral animal control, and biodiversity studies.
“Learning on Country begins in Year 8 for students wanting to build their skills and confidence ahead of possible full-time employment as rangers,” he said.
Djelk rangers’ manager Ricky Archer is impressed by the work ethic and drive demonstrated by the students.
“I wish I could offer all of them a job at the end of their studies,” he said.
The courses are run in conjunction with Charles Darwin University. The graduation ceremony was held on Monday 24 April 2017.

Maningrida trainees with Djelk rangers
Maningrida trainees with Djelk rangers

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