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Justin

Justin

Home State

Vic (18yrs), then NSW (13yrs), then ACT (4+yrs)

University

University of New England (90-94, 2001)
Australian National University (2003-07)

Degree/s

Bachelor of Natural Resources (UNE 94)
Bachelor of Science Honours (UNE 01)
PhD of Ecology, Ecosystems and Systematics (ANU 07)

Background

Since completing a Bachelor of Natural Resources at the University of New England (1994), my employment has been targeted to 'hands-on' wildlife research and management. This has primarily involved fieldwork programs aimed at determining what was happening to the particular species being studied, be they feral goats, introduced rodents, endangered birds or kangaroos, and what was the best approach for their continued management. Now, as I complete my PhD on the 'Nutritional ecology of eastern grey kangaroos', I want to be more directly involved with the future management of our wildlife, both native and pest species, and the ecosystems associated with them. My demonstrated experience in applied fieldwork and research means I am well able to develop and assess information, and then apply it to the ongoing management of wildlife in Australia. I joined the Grad Program 2007 to develop and extend my skills in government administration in these areas.

First Placement

Victoria Section, Natural Resource Management - NRMPD

My rotation with the Australian Government Joint (DEW/DAFF) Natural Resource Management Team - Victoria section, provided me with an extensive insight into their role in the administration and management of the Natural Heritage Trust funds for projects to monitor, maintain and enhance natural resources in Victoria.

Second Placement

HR Strategies Section, People Management Branch - CSD

My rotation in the HR Strategies section was considerably different from the NRM position, namely in the longer-term strategic approach of the Leadership Development Program, rather than day-to-day administration. I learnt much about group coordination, teamwork and leadership in a small team operating in a large organisation, as well as the logistics of implementation of a Leadership Development Program in the DEW; not to mention the theory and behaviours of good leadership skills.

Third Placement

International Section (IS), Communication and International Branch - PCD

The IS plays a coordinating role on most International matters within DEWHA. These include bilateral meetings on the environment between Australia and other countries. The IS also has responsibility for development of strategic plans for engagement with other countries. My key functions during the rotation were the development of a strategy for engagement with Japan on the environment and coordination of the Australia-New Zealand Environmental Consultations (bilaterals).

Permanent Position

East Section (ES), Strategic Assessments and Legislation Branch - AWD

The ES has responsibility for managing the EPBC Act as it relates to actions likely impact threatened species and communities, migratory species and world heritage areas (WHA). My role is to review past applications for actions which may/may not impact areas governed by the EPBC Act, and summarise the referral process for each application. I have also completed internal briefs regarding the Wet Tropics Management Authority and their role in the larger issue of WHA management.

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