Professional Development in National School in Park Management

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Environmental Non-Award Professional Development
Course National School of Park Management
Partner Faculty Faculty of Science and City of Melbourne
Background The National School in Park Management provides best practice strategies and approaches for park managers. The theme for this year is Parks, People and Partnerships: Challenges and OpportunitiesĀ. The intensive program runs over five days with content delivered through a mix of lectures, tutorials, interactive workshops, field visits, and case studies.

The School is led by leading park industry professionals and academics. Participants are encouraged to explore issues in park planning and management, enhance their communication and debating skills, and network with each other in a supported environment. To ensure an interactive approach the School is limited to 40 participants.

Past participants have come from various backgrounds that include private and public industry, local and state government, and from diverse areas such as landscape, recreation, conservation, horticulture, parks, leisure and tourism.

Now in its fifteenth year the popular National School in Park Management will once again be held in Melbourne.
Description The School engages with current and emerging issues in the management of parks and public open space. Real-world examples, contemporary models for decision-making and responses, scientific and research findings and policy direction are introduced as tools to enable participants to expand their thinking in relation to their profession.

This year's theme Parks, People and Partnerships: Challenges and Opportunities will be explored through three key areas during the school including:
  1. Parks Planning and Operations
  2. Innovative community partnerships
  3. Sustainable and resilient landscapes
The program has been designed to provide participants with a full breadth of management approaches from corporate to the operational level. Participants at this School will be involved with real outcomes, as they relate to the management of parks, contemporary urban landscapes and open green spaces.
Delivery Mode The program is intensive and operates for the entire week, including evening sessions.

The content is delivered through a mix of lectures, tutorials, interactive workshops, field visits, and case studies.
Who Should Apply Landscape, recreation, conservation, horticultural, leisure, tourism and park industry professionals from both private and public industry and local and state government including park managers, strategists, planners, project managers, operational managers, contract managers, community managers, parks rangers, technical manager, arborist, capital Works officer, open space managers, vegetation, tree managers, landscape architects, parks operational staff, team leaders, natural resource management officers and gardens staff.
Entry Requirements There are no entry requirements for this course.
Teaching Team The School has been developed through a unique partnership between the University of Melbourne and the City of Melbourne. Presenters include leading park industry professionals and academics.

More than 15 specialists will present at the school, including:

Prof. Rob Adams AM - Director City Design, City of Melbourne

Jennifer Gray - Chief Executive Officer, Zoos Victoria

Stephen Thorpe Manager Asset Management and Maintenance, Wyndham City Council

Janet O'Hehir Parks Researcher, University of Melbourne
Delivery Dates and Times This course is not offered in 2016

2017 Delivery dates are to be confirmed.
Venue Graduate House, University of Melbourne, Parkville

220 Leicester Street, Carlton VIC 3053

Suggested Accommodation Options
Fees Subject fees $3,050.00 + GST

Fees are subject to an annual increase.
Fee Inclusions Course materials, all meals including morning and afternoon teas, welcome reception, evening dinner, transport to and from field sites, and working papers.
Additional Information All attendees will be provided with a certificate of attendance.
Contact Program Coordinator - Esra Evyapan

Phone : (03) 8344 2580