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Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Home State

ACT

University

Australian National University

Degree/s

Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts

Background

I am one of those rare and endangered species, a Canberra local from birth. I grew up in Queanbeyan (just outside Canberra), went to Campbell High School and Narrabundah College before studying English, Anthropology, Ecology and various other subjects at the Australian National University. I have always had a passion for the natural world and living things but also love the arts, music and humanities - I am particularly interested in the relationship between people, history, culture and landscape. After finishing college I took part in a Green Corps program - which gave me a taste for the 'grass-roots' and hands-on-knees aspects of environmental conservation and restoration and a respect for community groups who volunteer their time year in and year out.

The Graduate Program has been my first experience of full-time work (and a big change from swim teaching, tutoring and babysitting!) and has taught me a great deal about 'real life', myself and the workplace environment.

First Placement

Australian Government Natural Resource Management Team - Australian Government Envirofund

The Australian Government Envirofund delivers the local component of the Natural Heritage Trust - assisting community groups and individuals to undertake small projects aimed at conserving biodiversity and promoting sustainable natural resource management use. Envirofund also aims to assist community groups engage effectively with broader regional approaches to natural resource management.

I provided some support for the development and implementation of a capacity-building initiative, aimed at increasing engagement and uptake of Envirofund grants by coastal community groups and assisting coastal local government organizations to coordinate and facilitate community Envirofund applications. This involved phone and email discussion with Australian Government Coastcare facilitators and local government organizations, communication with the Envirofund team and the development of funding agreement contracts for the successful capacity-building projects. I also learned about the day-to-day running of the Section (phone enquiries about suitability of projects, assessing of applications and other aspects of the area's work) and attended a property visit and regional Facilitator workshop in Orange NSW.

Second Placement

Parks Australia South, Booderee National Park

Booderee National Park is located in Jervis Bay, on the South Coast of NSW. The Park and Botanic Gardens are jointly managed by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council and the Department of Environment and Water Resources. Management of the park is set out in the Booderee National Park Management Plan 2002.

My initial project at the Park involved researching policies and programs from other government departments to feed into the business case for the proposed Booderee NP Cultural Centre. I also worked on a draft concept design brief for an amenities upgrade at Caves Beach and analysis of Visitor Survey comments from surveys conducted in January and June 2007.

We were able to get out in the field a little, helping with fencing off bitou bush before it was burned - and had an adventure staying overnight on Bowen Island.

Third Placement

Heritage Division, Natural Heritage Management Section

The Natural Heritage Management Section has a range of responsibilities, including statutory advice for EPBC Act referrals, assessment of World Heritage management projects proposals and reports, Commonwealth agencies' heritage strategies, management plans, management assistance and place partnerships to protect listed value, and advice and enforcement to protect natural heritage values.

My role has involved developing a time-line of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area, monitoring media sources to identify relevant emerging areas of interest, providing ongoing assistance in the work of the section and secretariat support at meetings.

Permanent Position

Marine and Biodiversity Section, Marine Environment Branch, Cetacean Policy and Recovery

The Cetacean Policy and Recovery Section is responsible for Australia's policy on domestic and international cetacean issues. The Section's work includes:

We also receive a large volume of ministerial correspondence and provide ongoing briefings to the Minister on relevant issues. At present, briefing the new Minister and Australia's response to the "Second Phase of the Japanese Whale Research Program Under Special Permit in the Antarctic" (JARPA II) are priorities for the area.

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