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Julia

Julia

Home State

South Australia

University

Adelaide University

Degrees

BSc (Environmental Biology) (Hons)

Background

Since I was young I have always felt a responsibility towards the environment. I decided that the best way for me to help overcome environmental problems was to learn about how natural systems work.

Studying ecology at Adelaide University was an eye-opening experience – I never realised how many different types of plants and animals there were! As part of my degree, I went on field trips to several remote locations in South Australia, studying lots of amazing animals like marsupial moles, hopping mice, dunnarts and pygmy possums.

But after digging one too many pitfall traps, I decided to expand my horizons beyond straight ecological fieldwork.

Leaving Adelaide for the big city lights, I moved to Melbourne in 2001 where I landed a job as an Environmental Educator at a waste management company. Community education was interesting and challenging – a highlight was dressing up at a community festival as an oversized calico bag!

Fun though this was, after 18 months I found I wanted to work in an area more closely aligned to my field of study. Returning from 6 months travel around Australia, I was very pleased to be accepted to the graduate program, and am looking forward to a challenging and interesting year ahead.

First placement

1. Land Water and Coasts Division/Natural Resource Management Policy Branch/Biodiversity Trends Section

Second placement

2. Approvals and Wildlife Division, Policy and Compliance Branch, Compliance and Enforcement section

Third placement

3. Parks Australia Division, Parks South Branch, Indigenous Policy and Coordination Section (also working across the Indigenous Heritage Assessment and Management Sections)

'the best thing about working for us ... is the environment'