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Melissa

Melissa

Home State

Australian Capital Territory

University of Sydney

The University of Sydney

Degrees

Bachelor of Liberal Studies (English, Geography)

Background

I grew up in Canberra and after completing Year 12 I worked in both the USA and the UK for a year before moving to Sydney to start my Liberal Studies degree at the University of Sydney. Liberal Studies proved to be a good choice for me as I was interested in studying both arts and science-based disciplines, and the degree structure allowed me to complete majors in both. I majored in English and Geography, studying primarily Human Geography but also a little Environmental Geography. I also studied French and Politics and had the opportunity to study both of these subjects at the University of Bristol in the UK for a semester in 2004, which was a great experience.

I have been interested in and concerned about environmental issues for as long as I can remember. I can, however, probably attribute my choice to pursue an environmental career to a couple of my Geography lecturers, who gave some enlivening lectures and organised some great field trips that further developed my interest in sustainability and environmental management issues.

I was recruited for the Graduate Program through the Australian Greenhouse Office, which has since become part of the Department. I highly recommend the Graduate Program due to the broad range of learning and development opportunities provided throughout the year, and the exposure the program gives to the diverse work of the Department.

First placement

1. Australian Greenhouse Office/ International, Land & Analysis Division/ International & Strategies Branch/ International Climate Change Team/ Multilateral Partnerships Unit

Second placement

2. Approvals and Wildlife Division/Wildlife Conservation Branch/ Wildlife Impact and Protection Section/Cetaceans Team & Assessments Team

Assessments Team:

Cetaceans Team:

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