Julie - 2010 Graduate Program

Julie

Background

Home State: Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
University: Australian National University (ANU)
Qualifications: Bachelor Arts (Visual) with Honours
Bachelor Science (Forestry) with Honours

I am a local Canberra girl. I reside just outside of the Canberra region with my husband and two daughters. I have a diverse background working and studying in a range of fields, which include studying and teaching Pilates for nine years to a number of individuals, groups and organisations; designing and making furniture and sculptural works on commission, and for exhibitions; and working as a research assistant in palaeo-environmental reconstruction at the ANU. I have also been a volunteer for a number of organisations over the years including Landcare, ACT Athletics and Special Olympics ACT. In 2004 I completed a Bachelor Visual Arts (Wood) with Honours majoring in furniture design/making, where I explored historical and contemporary joinery and material use. The work that I undertook in this degree enhanced my passion for the environment and interest in natural resource management, and as a result I undertook a Bachelor Science (Forestry) degree with Honours, which I completed in 2008.

Placements

First Placement: Conservation Policy Section, Biodiversity Conservation Branch, Australian Lands and Coasts Division

In this section I worked with the Native Vegetation Framework (NVF) team on the public consultation phase of the NVF review. As part of the team I was involved in assessing submissions from the public and considering how those submissions should influence the further evolution of the draft NVF, including what measurable national targets should be set in order for the NVF to achieve its vision. This included carrying out individual submission analysis and producing a key themes summary report which was taken forward to the multi-jurisdictional NVF review task group. I also worked as part of the National Biodiversity Strategy (NBS) team on the development of measurable NBS targets, in particular focussing on their implementation.

Second Placement: Indigenous Protected Area Section, Protected Area Policy and Programs Branch, Parks Australia Division

In this section I worked with Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) staff on a range of tasks including finalising scopes of work, contracts and activity schedules for a number of IPA projects; and assisted with preparation of the annual Indigenous Advisory Committee meeting and all related documents, including producing the meeting minutes. I also worked closely with public affairs to produce an IPA fact sheet in readiness for an IPA declaration ceremony. Another responsibility was gathering information, carrying out interviews and developing a framework for the IPA chapter of Parks Indigenous History Project.

In the Ecological Communities (EC) section I worked on three main projects which involved producing and coordinating the production of the EC newsletter 'Communities for Communities'; producing a literature review and report on the ecological value and function of applying buffer zones to threatened ecological communities for the purpose of protecting and conserving EC's; and finally contributing to the development of a recently listed EC policy statement. I was also involved in a range of EC activities, including attending and chairing an EC section meeting, assessing EC documents, and participating in learning and development workshops and activities.

Final Placement: New South Wales (NSW) Section, Environment Assessment Branch (EAB), Approvals and Wildlife Division

In the NSW section of EAB, I work as an assessment officer. My role, and the role of my team, is to manage the referral and assessment process for proposed actions being undertaken in NSW. Our responsibility is to develop recommendations to the Minister/delegate on whether or not to approve the proposed action, and to provide the decision maker with the best possible advice, to achieve the best possible outcome for matters protected under the EPBC Act and for proponents. This is achieved by ensuring that the development is ecologically sustainable and that approval of actions results in the best environmental outcome in the circumstances.

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