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University of Queensland
Bachelor of Environmental Management (Natural Systems and Wildlife) (Hons)
With no clear direction, I left high school in search of what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. It was some volunteering with Qld Parks and Wildlife that eventually set me on the right track. Monitoring the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin out on beautiful Moreton Bay provided a moment of realisation that I could make a future trying to protect the very environment that I had grown up with such a high appreciation for.
I spent the next four years at UQ studying a Bachelor of Environmental Management. A four month placement with the Singapore National Parks Board helped me to put my studies in a more global context and also led to a brief stint volunteering at an elephant camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I soon developed a more focussed interest in protected area management and undertook a study tour in South Africa which allowed me to see first hand how private sector conservation and the sustainable use of wildlife are both steering this African nation's conservation efforts. I appreciated this opportunity to compare and recognise the value of these different approaches.
Globally, biodiversity conservation hinges on the ability of all countries uniting to protect their natural systems. It was this attraction to tackling the 'bigger picture' issues of conservation that led to my application to become a DEWHA graduate.
The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 provides scope to strategically protect matters of national environmental significance. Strategic approaches can include: strategic assessments, conservation agreements, bilateral agreements, bioregional planning and policy advice.
My main project involved working on the draft policy statement for Carnaby's and Baudin's Black-Cockatoos in the Southern Swan Coastal Plain region of WA. This region is under intense pressure from development and as the birds are listed under the EPBC Act (as endangered and vulnerable), the policy will assist any person in deciding if they need to refer a proposed action to our Department. The policy outlines what actions are likely to have a significant impact on the birds and also provides information on how to mitigate and avoid impacts on Carnaby's and Baudin's Black-Cockatoos.
The highlight of this rotation was travelling to Perth to meet with bird experts and gaining an insight into the Kimberley Strategic Assessment.
Booderee National Park is located on the south coast of NSW, in beautiful Jervis Bay. The Park is jointly managed by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community and the Director of National Parks. I worked within the realm of Natural Resource Management with a great team who are primarily responsible for the biodiversity conservation side of park management (e.g. fire management, pest control, flora and fauna research).
My main project was on fox control and initially involved capturing and analysing data to give a snapshot of the successes and future challenges of the Park's baiting program. I also immersed myself in the world of GIS to provide both spatial and temporal patterns of fox abundance. Investigating complimentary fox control and monitoring options also prompted some research into shooting programs and the use of stealth (Infrared) cameras to help interpret fox behaviour.
I enjoyed the field work aspects of the rotation (bandicoot trapping, oyster catcher and vegetation surveys), but particularly appreciated the opportunity to work in this special part of the country. This National Park showcases how joint management is successfully conserving the natural and cultural heritage of Booderee, as well as providing increased training and employment opportunities for traditional owners.
This section has a focus on national and international heritage policy and supports the work of the World Heritage Committee, the Environment Protection and Heritage Council and is also involved in heritage economic initiatives.
My main duty involved assisting the team in preparing for a Pacific World Heritage Workshop. The Pacific is recognised as one of the most under-represented regions on the World Heritage List, so this workshop emphasised capacity building in the region, with a focus on the nomination process and site management. This workshop was co-hosted by DEWHA, the New Zealand Department of Conservation and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
The National Reserve System (NRS) is essentially Australia's network of protected areas, conserving examples of our unique natural landscapes and native plants and animals.
This team is involved in progressing the establishment and effective management of the NRS through the NRS grants component of the Caring for our Country program. My main roles are to undertake assessments of funding applications, manage state-based projects (including contracts) in Victoria and Tasmania and liaising with state and territory conservation agencies, NGO's, local governments and individuals.
I'm looking forward to contributing to the expansion of our protected area network and tackling the new challenges facing the establishment and management of our country's invaluable protected areas.
'the best thing about working for us ... is the environment'