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When did you graduate?
Course you completed:
Bachelor of Environmental Science majoring in environmental management
Organisation that you are currently working for:
Department of Primary Industries (DPI)
How long have you been working for this organisation?
Position title and short job description:
Catchment Coordinator – Pest Management (Wimmera). Coordination of Pest Plant and Animal projects across the Wimmera Catchment. This involves working with a number of key stakeholder groups to plan and develop projects. I work with: l
to develop projects and implement pest plant and animal control on a number species in the area. The role involves the management of staff. I am currently managing a team of seven Pest Management Officers located in offices throughout the Wimmera.
Working highlight so far:
DPI provides a number of emergency services to the state of Victoria. These include fire fighting, flood relief, equine influenza, locusts, drought relief and rural recovery (post bushfires). I have been involved in a number of emergency responses during my time with DPI. It’s great to be involved in emergency response, such as:
What are the things you enjoy most about your job?
There is always something different going on, bringing a number of new challenges to your everyday work.
An area in which you have needed assistance:
Manager Development: coming into this role and supervising staff I required a number of skills that I didn't have. DPI has a range of courses available to improve and develop skills to manage staff. These are skills I will continue to use throughout my career.
What do you intend to do in the future?
I enjoy working in the Pest Management (plants and animals), and I would like to continue in this field and increase my experience and knowledge in feral animal management. Going interstate is always a possibility which would also provide an opportunity to work on some different pest plants and animals.
#1 tip for current students studying your course:
Be prepared to move anywhere in order to get your first job. It may only be for 6 months or a year but the experience you gain in your first job definitely helps you “get your foot in the door” for other jobs that you apply for.