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Kate

Kate

Home State

ACT

University

Australian National University
University of Canberra

Degree/s

Bachelor of Arts/Science (History/Ecology)
Graduate Diploma of Applied Science (Cultural Heritage Management)

Background

Like many, my interest in the environment was initially inspired by my upbringing of camping, hiking and travel. My love of field trips in high school geography led me to study environmental science at university. I also developed an interest in history and heritage and the interface between people and their surroundings. I am fascinated by the story that a landscape can tell about people and their past.

These interests led to my completing a BA/BSc (2000), before setting off to travel around Europe working on organic farms (2001). Following this I completed a diploma in Cultural Heritage Management (2002) which inspired me to work in community education.

I then settled down in Cambodia for four years (2002-2006) as a volunteer (AYAD and AVI) to work with locals variously on: waste education; recycling; restoration of the Royal University of Fine Arts; and community education and research on a critically endangered river turtle, Batagur baska. Some memorable activities included: developing a paper recycling and product making initiative for people suffering from HIV/AIDS; radio tracking turtles and monitoring nests, and rehabilitating an adult Batagur baska rescued from the wildlife trade.

Feeling the pull back to Canberra I was very happy to be accepted to the Department of Environment and Water Resources Graduate Program. Here a variety of opportunities await to work in my areas of interest: community education, cultural and natural heritage management, sustainable urban and rural development and wildlife conservation.

First Placement

Sustainability Education Section, Knowledge Management and Education Branch, Corporate Strategies Division

The Sustainability Education Section promotes and uses education and learning to support the Department's vision of a Sustainable Australia. The section sets the national policy agenda for sustainability education in Australia. My work included:

Second Placement

Education Centre, Public Programs and Marketing, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Parks Australia Division

The Education Centre offers programs for Preschool to year 12, offering a range of fun and engaging activities relating to the display of Australian Native Plants, as well as general Environmental Science. My work included:

Third Placement

International Projects, Heritage Strategies Branch, Heritage Division

The International Projects Section is a new section involved in working with countries in the region to protect and promote heritage. My work included:

Permanent Position

International Projects, Heritage Strategies Branch, Heritage Division

The International Projects Section is a new section involved in working with countries in the region to protect and promote heritage, primarily working on assisting Papua New Guinea develop a World Heritage nomination, and improve management of the Kokoda Track. My work includes:

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