Adelaide | 2019 Student and Early Careers Congress

The EIANZ invites you to the Students and Early Careers Congress on Wednesday 6 November in Adelaide (the day after the EIANZ Annual Conference!).

The Congress will feature presentations from young researchers as well as some of Australia and New Zealand's leading environmental specialists.

Participants will hear about the future direction of the environment profession, gain insights into the working life of young environmental professionals, and develop professional skills through interactive workshops. It is designed to help young professionals gain an edge in an increasingly competitive workplace through providing the workplace skills and contacts you don't necessarily get through university studies.

What's included:

  • Presentations from young professionals on what they do, and their hot tips for others entering the profession
  • Presentations from more experienced professionals sharing their work experiences and providing their outlook for the environment sector, as well as opportunities for students and those in the early stages of their career
  • Professional development workshops providing useful learnings about everything from CVs and interview skills to networking
  • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea

Who should attend?

The Congress has been developed of part and full time students enrolled in environment related degrees as well as practitioners who are new to the environment sector (<5 years experience), of all ages and specialisations.

The 2019 EIANZ Student and Early Careers Congress will feature presentations from young researchers who are at the beginning of their career in the environment, and leading industry professionals who have years of experience in their field. Hear about how these professionals broke into their field, what they do, and what tips they have for bright minds looking to do the same. The congress will also feature interactive workshops from experts who know exactly what employers look for in CV’s and interviews. Here is a selection of the speakers you can expect to hear from on the day.

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Meet the Speakers

Dr Ashley Kinsborough | Principal Policy Officer - River Murray Policy and Strategy
Environmental Professionals Speaker

Dr Ashley Kingsborough is a chartered environmental engineer who has worked on Water Resource Management and Climate Change Adaptation projects in Australia, the UK, South-East Asia and the Pacific. He has experience in the private sector, government and academia and is interested in addressing complex resource management problems. Ashley is currently working as a Principal Policy Officer in the Water and River Murray Division of the Department for Environment and Water in South Australia. His responsibilities include policy and strategy development in relation to River Murray Water Markets.

Gill Peacey | Manager, Volunteer Support Programs - Department of Environment and Water
Job Application Speaker

Growing up in an active outdoors family in NZ surrounded by national parks, Gill took the natural step of going to university and becoming a Park Ranger, working in several remote locations in New Zealand before a move to NSW then South Australian parks, often dealing with the challenges that came with being the first female Ranger in the workplace. After branching out into roles teaching Aboriginal Land Management with TAFESA, and managing Work Health and Safety, and Training and Development programs with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Gill moved into a legislation and policy role developing the Natural Resources Management Bill, before managing Commonwealth and State grant funding programs. More recently she’s been managing State-wide volunteer and partnership programs and the Department of Environment and Water’s
Graduate Ranger Program. In her spare time Gill is usually off hiking somewhere in Australia, NZ or Nepal, or kayaking and

Dana Miles | District Officer – Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board
Early Careers Speaker

My name is Dana Miles and I have known since I was 5 years old that my passion would be working in the environmental field. Well, let’s just say, I wasn’t calling it the environment at 5- but I knew I wanted to protect all the native plants and animals! In 2004 I completed a Bachelor of Environmental Management at Flinders Uni and after work -experience and a traineeship and more study at TAFE I narrowed down my interest to native flora and weed management as I want to protect our precious remnant vegetation. I then spent a few years on-ground working for various landscape and conservation companies doing the hard yards- still not yet in my dream job, but it gave me the opportunity to be in the outdoors and hone my plant ID skills. When I was 24 I finally landed my dream job with the Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board as a District Officer. 10 years on, and I’m still here as it is a position where I’m working with leading environmental professionals on a range of projects. I have learnt my strength is community connection and engagement and I enjoy leading the McLaren Vale Biodiversity Project community group; a group who are increasing in number and are leading the way in community ownership to solve local environmental issues. My role in the field is to provide technical advice on a range of environmental issues such as pest plant and animal management, watercourse restoration, predatory arthropods, microbat interactions, working with the viticulture industry & other NRM professionals on a “Wildlife for Wine project” and revegetation at different scales. No day is ever the same and I love how my roles is to educate and inspire landholders to protect their land for future generations.

Rachel Maas | Social Impact Assessment Specialist
Environmental Professionals Speaker

Rachel is a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) practitioner with 20 years’ experience working in Australia and New Zealand. This includes SIAs for land and marine based infrastructure, resource developments and an aquaculture project. These projects have provided the opportunity for Rachel to work with people living in urban, rural and remote environments and with people from a range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Rachel develops SIA methodologies that encourage stakeholder participation while meeting proponent and legislative requirements. She promotes innovative approaches to SIA, finding more engaging ways to consult with SIA stakeholders and present the findings of an SIA. Rachel has a Bachelor Degree in Australian Environmental Studies, a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Impact Assessment and a Masters in Evaluation. Rachel is a Certified Environmental Practitioner, Impact Assessment Specialist.

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Event details

When: 6 Nov 2019
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Where: The Joinery
111 Franklin Street, Adelaide

Cost: $40 - EIANZ members, $80 - Non-members

Contact: EIANZ Central Office on +61 3 8593 4140 or via

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