SIX Aboriginal students have widen their career paths in conservation and horticulture after completing Conservation and Land Management traineeships at Monarto Zoo this year.
The innovative education was part of the Murraylands Monarto Aboriginal Learning on Country program which provided people with the skills to become a ranger or to work in the horticulture field.
Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology chief executive Raymond Garrand said four of the graduates will continue their traineeships and employment at Monarto Zoo in the coming year.
"Two of these graduates will undertake the Certificate IV course in Conservation Land Management (CLM)," he said.
"One graduate, Leon Dodd, will undertake a 12-month diploma in CLM being the first Indigenous person associated with the program to undertake this diploma training.
"The fourth graduate will be employed at Monarto Zoo, with funding support through the Santos partnership agreement.
"A fifth graduate of the program has secured full-time employment in conservation and land management in Murray Bridge with another organisation."
Funding for the program comes from agencies within the Riverland and Murraylands regions and the State Government Skills for Jobs in Regions program.