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John

John

Home State

Queensland

University

University of Queensland

Degree/s

Bachelor of Law (Honours)
Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy Major)

Background

I grew up on a property in western Queensland before moving to the city for High School and University. My interest in environmental issues led me to volunteer at a number of different environmental organisations such as the Queensland Conservation Council, Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Environmental Defenders Office (QLD), Australian Surfrider Foundation and The Bridge UQ.

I tried to make the most of university lifestyle by going on snowboarding trips to North America in the summer holidays and then moving to the coast to surf for my last three years of university. After graduating I went on a surf trip down the east coast of Australia before a big trip to Brazil, Central America, Mexico, Cuba, Canada, Hawaii and Fiji.

First Placement

Natural Resource Management Programs Division / New South Wales Section

The New South Wales Section is responsible for administering funding for regional and State level investments through the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality, and the Natural Heritage Trust.

I worked with the NSW Coastal and Marine Facilitator on a project to enhance the support of coastal community groups. The project involved:

Second Placement

Marine and Biodiversity Division / Marine Conservation Branch / Marine Bioregional Planning North Section

The Marine Bioregional Planning North Section is involved in identifying the important ecological, conservation and socio-economic values of the Gulf of Carpentaria, Arafura Sea and the Timor Sea as far west as the Northern Territory - Western Australian border, in order to establish conservation priorities for the development of a network of Marine Protected Areas for the region.

I fulfilled a project management role which involved coordinating the redevelopment of the Coasts and Oceans portion of the Department's web site.

I assisted in drafting the Regional Profile for the North Marine Region focusing on socio-economic features and species report cards.

I travelled to Darwin to provide assistance to the Marine Division Liaison Officer and participate in a Northern Territory Government workshop on coastal, estuarine and marine research priorities and indicators.

Third Placement

Parks Australia Division / Executive Branch / Parks Strategic Development Section

The Parks Strategic Development Section undertakes policy development for Parks Australia and provides executive support to the Director of National Parks.

I contributed to the development of Parks Australia's climate change policy. I developed a template for assessing the impacts of climate change on Commonwealth National Parks to enable the prioritisation of management responses.

I assisted in preparing Incoming Government Briefs, Parks Australia's Sustainability Report and the Plan of Management for Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park. I also travelled to Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park to attend a Board of Management meeting.

Permanent Position - Compliance Officer

Approvals and Wildlife Division / Compliance and Enforcement Branch / EPBC Act Compliance Section 2

The EPBC Act Compliance Section monitors and enforces compliance with Parts 3, 7, and 9 of the EPBC Act, to protect matters of national environmental significance.

As a Compliance Officer my primary role is to investigate and manage EPBC Act compliance incidents. This involves educating stakeholders about their obligations under the Act. It also involves investigating potential non-compliance incidents and initiating appropriate enforcement responses to breaches of the Act.

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