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Camille enjoys conducting fieldwork in environmental management.
Camille enjoys conducting fieldwork in environmental management.

Camille Percival’s Bachelor of Environmental Management provided her with many great experiences – including spotting an elusive Lumholtz tree kangaroo – and led her to a rewarding career in environmental protection.

“One of the highlights of my time at UQ was a third year field trip to Cairns,” she said.

“We went kayaking on a clear, cool night up in the Atherton tableland and I saw a Lumholtz tree kangaroo for the first time – that was pretty magical.”

Camille enjoyed conducting research through her final year research project and gaining technical knowledge and skills through field work and an industrial placement with New Hope Coal.

She graduated in 2011 with a major in Sustainable Development and was offered a job as a Freshwater Aquatic Ecologist with Ecosure, an environmental consulting company.

“My role was to examine the relationships between freshwater living organisms and their environment and determine how proposed developments could impact on these environmental values,” she said.

“A typical day would include literature reviews, site inspections, surface and groundwater sampling, aquatic ecology surveys, data analysis and reporting. I was lucky enough to conducted fieldwork all around Australia, from the Gulf Region of Queensland to Evans Head in New South Wales, and down to Bendigo in Victoria.”

Camille recently started a new role as an Environmental Officer with the Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection in Toowoomba.

In this position she plans and undertakes preventative and targeted compliance activities for Environmentally Relevant Activities (ERAs) including quarries, sewage treatment facilities, landfills and coal mines; assesses applications for environmental approvals; works with government, industry and community groups on environmental issues and policy implementation; and provides an after-hours on-call environmental incident response service.

“My degree helped me to get this job as it provided me with a thorough understanding of environmental legislation in Queensland and developed my critical thinking, data analysis and report writing skills,” she said.

“I chose the Bachelor of Environmental Management for the opportunities to protect environmental values, regularly work outdoors, understand natural systems and processes, and develop solutions to complex problems."

“The degree also offered fantastic lecturers, a diverse range of elective subjects, great fieldwork experiences and good career prospects.”

Camille plans to continue working in the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and undertake a PhD.

“I really miss the research aspect of university and I would like to continue my research on environmental flows in Queensland.” 

Last updated: Sep 20, 2013