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Susan

Susan

Home State

Queensland

Background

My career started in the public relations industry working for the ACP Publishing group as a Public Relations Coordinator. In this role I organised media attracting events and handled publicity for over 60 publications. After 6 years I left ACP and went to work as an Account Manager for Colvin Communications International.

With a total of 8 years in the Public Relations Industry I needed a change. At the end of 1996 my partner was transferred for work to the USA. We moved together to Huntington Beach half way between LA and San Diego to embark on a four-year adventure. I took the opportunity to undertake volunteer work for some causes that I am passionate about.

Working as a volunteer was challenging, rewarding, and far different to anything I have ever done before. I was able to develop my communication skills interacting with the general public as well as make a contribution to the community. Being a volunteer taught me to be a flexible and dedicated worker.

I worked for the Huntington Beach Wildlife Information Centre, a non-profit facility established to educated the general public and rehabilitate sick and injured wildlife back to their natural habitat. I also volunteered at the Laguna Beach Domestic Animal Shelter.

In the year 2000 it was time for me to leave the US and return to Australia. One last adventure before settling back into a desk job was to head off to Tasmania for a cycle touring holiday. This was a fantastic opportunity to explore the 'wild places' and see first hand the challenges facing our natural resources. The experience pushed home to me that sometime in the future I wanted a career that involved environmental issues.

Returning to Sydney I worked for a year as the Operations Manager for an executive jet charter company which provided aircraft for urgent medical evacuations and organ transplant. As Sydney no longer felt like home, and longing for more contact with the great outdoors, I made the decision to move to Canberra.

I have spent the last few years working as a contractor at a range of Government Departments. I started working for the Department in March 2003 as an Executive Assistant in the Natural Resource Management Team. After 12 months in this challenging and busy role I was accepted into the Graduate Development Program. I really enjoy working for the Department and have a genuine interest in the conservation of Australia's natural resources. I want to further develop my skills to enable a significant contribution to the Department.

First placement

1. Policy Co-ordination and Environment Protection Division/ Environment Standards Branch/Environmental Stewardship Section

Second placement

2. Approvals and Wildlife Division, Wildlife Trade and Sustainable Fisheries Branch, Trade Communication and Live Imports Section.

Project - Communicating with the Australian Customs Service (ACS). Under a Memorandum of Understanding, the Department provides ACS officers with training in the requirements of the EPBC Act. This project requires:

Third placement

3. Parks Australia South, Booderee National Park

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