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Paul

Paul

Home State

New South Wales

University

Charles Sturt University, Wagga
University of NSW
Auckland University of Technology, NZ

Degrees

BAppSc (Environmental Analysis)
Dip Ed (High School Science)
MAppSc (Environmental Science)

Background

I grew up on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River in Wagga, and have always been fascinated with nature. A career in environmental management seemed the natural choice, but after completing my Environmental Science degree, wanderlust overtook me and I headed off to Europe and Asia. I eventually returned to Australia, undertook my Dip. Ed. and taught in schools in Sydney and Auckland for three years.

In 2000 I was awarded a Teacher's Fellowship for a year to assess water quality in a New Zealand marine reserve and involve students in testing the health of their local streams through a streamwatch program. This year rekindled my desire to work in environmental management and convinced me to undertake a Masters in Environmental Science. Doing the masters was a great experience. I got to assess the health of two streams that flow into a marine reserve in New Zealand. I also tested another stream in Germany, where my New Zealand university has a sister university. While in Germany I was lucky enough to get a job teaching English for a year. Germany impressed me with its recycling, encouragement of alternative energy sources and great cycling networks (I'm a bit of a cycling nut).

After finishing my masters, it was great to finally come back home to Australia again, but this time to the environmental job I always wanted. I came to Canberra for the job, not the place, but watch out, Canberra grows on you, and the cycling here is a revelation.

First placement

1. Corporate Strategies Division/People Management Branch/Program Services Section

Second placement

2. Approvals and Wildlife Division, Policy and Compliance Branch, Referrals Section.

Third placement

3. Approvals and Wildlife Division, Wildlife Conservation Branch, Marine and Migratory Species Section

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