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University of Melbourne
Freie University, Berlin
BA/BSc (Zoology/History/Development Studies)
I grew up in the suburbs of Melbourne, and always had a keen interest in the natural world. I was one of those kids that watched every new Attenborough doco with religious dedication, and could identify bird species at 50 paces based on their call or flight pattern. Later, during my teens I became a passionate outdoor enthusiast, completing many bushwalks around Australia as well as going mountaineering in the Swiss Alps.
It was therefore a natural progression, when I began a BA/BSc at The University of Melbourne, specialising in Zoology, History and Development Studies. In my fifth year I moved to Berlin to complete my final year of studies on exchange at the Freie University, becoming fluent in German. On returning to Melbourne, despite a multitude of diverse interests, I still had no idea of what I wanted to do with my life. I applied to a number of Commonwealth departments and, as luck would have it, was accepted into the DEW graduate Program. I haven't looked back since.
The Department has an incredibly friendly and helpful workplace culture, and I know of no other graduate Program that invests as much time, resources and training in its graduates as does the Department of the Environment and Water Resources. If you are thinking of joining the APS or starting an environmental career, I can highly recommend the DEW Graduate Program as a fantastic springboard into these areas.
Species Listing, Recovery and Policy Section / Wildlife Branch / Approvals and Wildlife Division
This placement was a great opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of the Department and the APS, and make use of the skills I'd acquired during my Zoology studies.
Water Holdings and Management Section / Environmental Water Branch / Water Assets and Natural Resources Division
This was a really exciting time to be working in the water divisions. We were working at the cutting edge of high-level policy, at a time when the Water Act 2007 was being drafted, and the governance of water resources in Australia was being completely revamped
Kakadu National Park Headquarters / Parks Australia North / Parks Australia
What a fantastic opportunity to see the on ground work of the Department, and get an inside look at joint-management of a World Heritage listed national park!
Environmental Impact Assessment Governance Section / Environmental Impact Assessment Branch 2 / Approvals and Wildlife Division
I returned to Canberra with a whole portfolio of relevant skills, experiences and contacts gathered during the Graduate Program. This was invaluable in enabling me to be a useful and constructive member of my current team.
'the best thing about working for us ... is the environment'