- Last updated:
- 09 Feb 2016
Regional Strategy and Planning - Engineering and Environmental Assessment, Development Services Branch
I found out about the My Summer Workplace program through word of mouth, and then headed to the council's website for further details. During the internship I’ve been assessing development applications, for their ecological impacts and whether they comply with the relevant codes under the new planning scheme.
I have been lucky enough to work alongside my mentor, John who has 20+ years of experience within his role. His ecological knowledge of South-East Queensland is absolutely amazing! I have learnt many things since the beginning of this program. It’s been amazing to learn that protecting areas of ecological importance is actually achievable. I have learnt how to read and interpret the bush – through on site work with John and the other ecologists. Working within the office I have gained a lot more skills and appreciation for the mapping side of things and I have learnt a great deal more about the policies and legislation on local, state and federal levels that govern our work. Mostly I have learnt that I still have a lot more to learn.
My studies have helped me enormously throughout my time with council. It was extremely useful to have been exposed to mapping programs and to have basic understandings of ecosystems, plant and vertebrate diversity and hydrology / geomorphology.
This internship has reassured me that I am completing the right degree, as I am very interested and excited to continue working within the environmental field. I was hoping that this program would assist me in narrowing down a focus area, but I have found that I am still just as interested in all areas as I was at the beginning!
The things I have learned here at this internship have been so valuable. University teaches the science behind the environment, which helps you to appreciate how amazing it is, but this internship showed me how to go about protecting areas in the real world, what laws apply and how to communicate my ideas effectively. It has been a hands on experience, and I have actually contributed to saving highly valuable bushland, which is really rewarding.
I would definitely recommend this program to other students.