Kerry College Announces New Ecology & Fieldwork Skills Programme

Chris Barron, Environmental Educator at Killarney National Park Education Centre with a group on a talk / walk through the park.
Chris Barron (top) helping a course participant to get the best out of a bathyscope while surveying life on a river-bed. And a close-up of a Natter-jack Toad. 
Stag Party: Red Deer stags relaxing at Knockreer. This is the kind of environment in which the Kerry College Ecology and Practical Fieldwork Skills course will be conducted.

Kerry College of Further Education and Training (Kerry College) has announced an innovative new programme called ‘Ecology and Practical Fieldwork Skills’ which will run in Killarney starting on Monday, November 16th.

Cappanalea and Knockreer Demesne

This full-time QQI Level 5 Major Award will be run by Killarney National Park Education Centre in conjunction with Cappanalea – The National Centre for Outdoor Education and Training – with activities and fieldwork being carried out in the Knockreer Demesne and the many and varied habitats of the National Park.

Only Ten Places

There are only 10 places available on the course and interviews will take place on Thursday and Friday, November 5th and 6th for a scheduled  November 16th start.

Course leader Chris Barron explains more about the course:

“This Ecology & Practical Fieldwork Skills course is a highly practical programme and is a great starting point for anyone looking to pursue a career in Ecology, Botany, Wildlife Management, Forestry, Conservation, or other related sectors. Of course, our graduates may also choose to progress to third-level.”

A Fantastic New Course

Kerry College Admissions Officer, John Herlihy is looking forward to the first intake:

“This is a fantastic new course for the Killarney area, especially at a time when so many people are re-connecting with the outdoors environment … and where better to be based for a course like this than in the 11,000 hectares of the magnificent Killarney National Park.

Applicants need to be over 16 years of age, with a minimum of a QQI Level 4 Major Award, Leaving Certificate or equivalent, have good numerical and communication skills and a strong interest in the environment.

All Details at….

For information on the qualification, the course or the fieldwork activities, contact Chris Barron at Killarney National Park Education Centre by telephone on 064 66 35960 or email:

For information on how to apply, contact Kerry College Admissions Office by telephone on 066 71 4 96 96 or by email:

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