Nature Conservation Engineer - Certificate course

From amphibian guidance systems to the optimisation of construction processes

Together with E.C.O. Institute of Ecology we offer the academic education Nature Conservation Engineer (Naturschutzfachkraft). Please note that this certificate course is offered in German only.


Hands-on conservation issues

The one-year training focuses on hands-on conservation issues that occur on construction sites, on infrastructures and in the communal area. Participants amongst others are employees of construction companies, of the energy, raw materials and transport industry, from planning departments, nature conservation organizations as well as from the public administration.

A certificate is awarded after successfully completing the program.

Future nature conservation professionals learn by doing

In spring 2022, the certificate course for nature conservation specialists started at the Carinthian University of Applied Sciences for the fourth time. The participants are professionally active in the fields of construction management, ecology, geography and biology. In the first semester, the participants gained insight into the core tasks of a nature conservation specialist during excursions and expert discussions.

The next nature conservation specialist course will start again in spring 2023.

Applications are possible at any time. Register now:

The academic training to become a nature conservation specialist is offered by the Institute of Civil Engineering at the Carinthian University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with E.C.O. Institute for Ecology, a consulting and planning company for nature conservation in Klagenfurt. The one-year training focuses on practical nature conservation issues that arise at construction sites, on infrastructures and in the municipal sector. Participants include employees of construction companies, the energy, raw materials and transport industries, from planning offices, nature conservation organisations and public administration, especially municipalities. The training is completed with an academic certificate.

CUAS Carinthia publishes handbook for nature conservation on construction sites

The manual illustrates the latest scientific findings from research in the certificate course "Nature Conservation Specialist" at the Carinthian University of Applied Sciences. The work is published by Fraunhofer Verlag and available in bookshops.

Manual Nature Conservation Specialist. Practical nature conservation for construction sites, company grounds and infrastructures.

Wiegele, E., Jungmeier, M. & Schneider, M. 2022
Fraunhofer IRB Publishing House. ISBN 978-3-7388-0598-7

Information & Contact


Please contact us if you have any questions about your studies:

Christina Moser 

+43 5 90500 4303

Hauptplatz 12
9560 Feldkirchen in Kärnten

Level of qualification
Academic Course

ECTS Credits

Training costs
€ 3.950,-

Duration of studies
4 modules

Class form

Language of instruction

Nächster Starttermin: Herbst 2023
Bewerbungsfrist: Bewerbungen sind jederzeit möglich!

Target & Content

The education Nature Conservation Engineer is an additional qualification to an existing profession. The education comprises an introductory part (e.g. nature conservation biology, nature conservation law, nature conservation professions), equipment knowledge and technology (e.g. telemetry, drones, geo-information) as well as a practical main part. There, central competences are shared and trained in the field.

For the final thesis, a small practical nature conservation project will be prepared, implemented and documented.


The education Nature Conservation Engineer is designed by a great number of lecturers. These come from different professional backgrounds and working areas.

For field trips, demonstration projects and final theses, we try to cooperate with companies, planners as well as with public administrations especially with municipalities.  

Organisation & Dates

The education program Nature Conservation Engineer takes one year and can be completed while working full-time. The course is structured in ten three-day seminars.

  • Start: October 2020
    Deadline for application: 31.08.2020

Goldene Unke

Was ist die Auszeichnung der Goldene Unke?

Innovationen im Naturschutz am Bau zu identifizieren und hervorzuheben ist das große Ziel dieser Auszeichnung. Der Wettbewerb wird dazu beitragen, gut gelungene Umsetzungen in der Branche zu würdigen. Der Wettbewerb soll Firmen, Gemeinden und Städte dazu motivieren, Projekte naturnaher und -schonender umzusetzen und gelungene Projekte vor den Vorhang holen.


Access requirements

  • Completed Bachelor degree
  • or: Matura plus four years of relevant work experience
  • or: completed relevant apprenticeship plus four years of relevant work experience
  • Required level of German language proficiency: B2

For a registration we need:

  • Application form by e-mail to weiterbildung[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Proof of professional training (certificates, diplomas)
  • Expressive letter of motivation




FH-Prof. DI Dr. Martin Schneider
Scientific management

+43 5 90 500 5111

Villacher Straße 1
9800 Spittal an der Drau

Dr. Michael Jungmeier
Nature conservation management

E.C.O. Institut für Ökologie

Lakeside B07 b, 2. OG
9020 Klagenfurt

Mag.a Alexandra Liegl 
Leiterin Weiterbildungszentrum

+43 5 90500 4311

Hauptplatz 12
9560 Feldkirchen in Kärnten

Christina Moser 

+43 5 90500 4303

Hauptplatz 12
9560 Feldkirchen in Kärnten