Associate - Environmental Approvals
A day in Anne-Marie’s life!
Anne-marie has more than a decade’s experience in environmental management and compliance, and a strong focus on delivering the best possible outcomes for her clients, their projects, and our environment.
Anne-marie describes her typical working day as part of our Queensland environmental team.
Our virtual weekly meetings are a chance for the whole Queensland team to check in, share our plans and movements for the week ahead, and to be briefed by Cam, our regional manager, on what’s happening around Niche. Recently our team has been growing, so we have had several new colleagues to meet and make welcome.
I also have regular phone calls with my environmental team colleagues to go through our work in progress. This is a great opportunity to bounce ideas around and to support each other.
Fortunately, Niche’s flexible work arrangements and IT systems have always supported remote working, so it’s easy for my team to remain connected and in touch, even during Covid.
Much of my day is spent interacting with my clients, and this is the part of my job that I enjoy the most!
My current projects involve multidisciplinary project management for linear infrastructure projects – roads and some cycleways – typically on behalf of state and local government. I’m lucky enough to be working on projects that will benefit my own local community in FNQ, and also in Brisbane and other parts of Queensland.
“I really get a kick out of forming strong relationships with my clients, and I get a great sense of pride at the end of a project when I know I have done the best job possible for the project, for compliance, and for our environment.”
I make time to tune in to webinars to keep abreast of legislation changes, and make sure my skills are up to date! I’ve recently attended an EIANZ webinar about the independent review that is currently underway regarding the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Time to continue on with an environmental assessment that I have been working on for some State government road upgrade works.
It’s really important to my client that the proposed works are being undertaken in a legislative and industry best practice manner and it’s my job to provide them with the best advice possible.
During Covid, I’m working mostly from my home office, but usually once a week or so I’ll choose to work at the Niche office in Cairns CBD. It’s really great to have the option to work in the way that best suits me.
On my days in the office I get to catch up with my wonderful colleagues in person, and today we stop for lunch and a chat together.
Back to work, and it’s time to visit a client’s site just outside town. I love the variety in my work and it is always a pleasure to get out and about in tropical North Queensland! Especially when the site is within close proximity to our beautiful Wet Tropics World Heritage Area – maybe I’ll be lucky enough to see a cassowary!
Some afternoons I duck out to collect my young daughter from school, and I enjoy hearing about her day. I really appreciate and value the balance my job offers between work and family life.
I have a mentoring conversation with my colleague Alana, an ecologist. I’m helping her to build on her knowledge of Queensland’s environmental legislation and sharing my experience as a consultant and project manager. I enjoy being able to support Alana as she develops her professional skillset.
Back to my desk, and I round off the day by responding to some email messages, and reviewing my task list. I check off those I’ve completed and compile a new list as I look forward to what’s to come in the next few days.
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