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Samitha

Samitha

Home State

Victoria

University

University of Melbourne
Monash University

Degree/s

Bachelor of Science (Zoology)
Bachelor of Laws
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Master of Environment

Background

I have always had a deep affection for animals and a great appreciation for the natural environment.

I started out studying Science, naturally specialising in zoology and conservation biology, but later combined this with law in the hope that with an understanding of the legal system I would be better armed in my pursuit to conserve the environment. I had envisaged a potential career in Environmental Law.

However, by mysterious force, I ended up commencing my working life as a graduate at a large commercial services firm! Though I instantly knew it wasn't for me, I remained at the firm for two years, maintaining my interest in the environment by volunteering with various environmental organisations. Following this I took up an Associateship with a Judge of the County Court of Victoria. It was during this time that I took active steps to redirect my career to focus on my interest in the environment, and commenced part-time studies towards a Master of Environment, while I continued to work as a Judge's Associate. At the conclusion of my Associateship I was offered the opportunity to undertake an internship at the Centre for International Environmental Law in Geneva, Switzerland. At the same time I was also offered a graduate position with the Department. Thrilled by the internship opportunity, but equally keen to join the Department, I was fortunate to be able to arrange for the final 2 months of my internship to form a part of my first rotation in the Department's International Section.

First Placement

Policy Coordination Division, Communications and International Branch, International Section

Department and the Government in a range of international multilateral for a and bilateral activities in our region.

Responsibilities:

Second Placement

Approvals and Wildlife Division, Environment Assessment Branch, NES Wildlife Strategies Section

The work of the NES Wildlife Strategies Section is at the interface between the latest on-ground research into threatened species and the work of the Department. The principal responsibilities of the NEW Wildlife Strategies Section are:

Project work:

Following a restructure of the Division, I was placed in the EIA Policy and Governance Section.

Project work:

Third Placement

Australian Antarctic Division, Antarctic Territories Environment and Policy Section

Project work:

Permanent Position - Policy Officer

Australian Greenhouse Office, International Land Analysis Division, Global Climate Change Team

The Global Climate Change Team is responsible for developing and negotiating Australia's positions on international climate change issues in multilateral forums.

Responsibilities:

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