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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Ruth

Ruth

Home State

South Australia

University

Flinders University
University of Western Australia

Degrees

BA (Hons) - History/Archaeology
PhD - History

Background

I came to the Department of the Environment and Heritage graduate program with a strong history/ historic heritage background. As well as completing history honours and PhD theses I had also worked for a number of years in the private sector as a historical consultant. In between, I, like so many before me, roamed the world armed with little else but a backpack and an interest in seeing and experiencing new places. These adventures made me far more aware not only of heritage issues but also of environmental ones.

During the past year I have worked with a host of passionate, dedicated and thoroughly interesting colleagues and been exposed to an array of fascinating seminar speakers from Australia and overseas. The Graduate program provides a unique opportunity to work across what is, an extremely varied department, as well as to liaise with members of the community beyond it. Not one of my three rotations was in an area that I would have considered familiar prior to embarking on the program. Yet, each one has proven far more rewarding than I could have imagined.

First placement

Environmental Stewardship, Environment Quality Division

Second placement

Wetlands Policy Unit, Land, Water and Coasts Division

Third Placement

Natural Heritage Assessment, Heritage Division

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