What's your job about?
Working in the environment function at Woodside provides opportunities to get exposure to all aspects of the business, including sustainability, exploration, developments, drilling and completions, and production (both in Perth and Karratha). My role this year is to support Woodside’s offshore production assets here in Australia. I have been in my current role for just over 10 weeks and the learning curve is not a curve it's more linear. During a typical week you can find me working on:
This year I have also been involved in Woodside’s GradComm as the Team Lead for the Inclusion and Diversity graduate committee. This role means I also spend time during the week engaging with respective parts of the business to organise I&D events like pulse sessions for the graduates and Mia Yellagonga Cultural Tours.
What's your background?
I grew up in a small town called Darlington Point, NSW. Growing up in my hometown definitely nurtured my passion for the environment and drive to want to study at University. I moved to Mackay QLD in 2005 where I completed the rest of my primary school and high school years before moving to Brisbane to study at the University of Queensland. I got my first job just after I turned 13 at a corner store and over the following years, I worked in hospitality in the bistro and functions area at the local tavern. My university studies were highly focussed on terrestrial ecology so having my first year rotation on the Woodside Graduate Program in our Environmental Science team enabled me to better understand the marine environment of Western Australia, particularly in the North West of WA where Woodside predominately operates. I was fortunate to be an early starter for the Graduate Development Program (GDP) and commenced in September 2018. My second year rotation was in the Exploration Environment team, where I was exposed to international environmental regulations and now, I am in my third and final year rotation in the Production Environment team.
Could someone with a different background do your job?
An environmental science, marine science, biology or degree similar is ideal as it helps set up the foundations and basic competencies to come into an environmental role. Woodside’s GDP provides the opportunity to undertake a cross-functional rotation so if you’re undertaking a cross-functional role passionate about the environment then seize the opportunity and look to try and undertake a cross-functional.
What's the coolest thing about your job?
The level of independence, responsibility, and support I have received from all of my managers, team leads, and team members. I love the variety in work scopes like submitting environmental impact assessments/management plans, reviewing standard operating procedures for sampling programs to environmental due diligence.
I’ve also had some standout opportunities like engagement with our Woodside science partnerships (e.g. DBCA, Ningaloo Turtle Program, and BirdLife Australia), international government agencies in Ireland and Myanmar, and a site visit to an unmanned survey vessel in Henderson, WA which is being used for an IMR activity.
What are the limitations of your job?
You need to be passionate about the environment, it will make your job “easy” and motivating especially when hurdles come our way. Over the last few years, I have had to work some longer hours or be on call on the weekend for approvals or as the environment focal point but, my managers have always been there managing wellbeing and work-life balance.
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