Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science), 2010
Graduate Environmental Scientist, Origin Energy
When we last saw Nikita she was a student testing water in a rainforest stream. Only a few years later, she is now a qualified environmental scientist working on sites around Queensland. Nikita shows us the view from her headquarters alongside the Brisbane River, and tells us how she landed her exciting position.
What does your job involve?
I assist in developing practices and procedures to enable each of our sites meet the Environmental Authority commitments issued by the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM). We also perform compliance assessments for each site to ensure they are meeting the conditions.
How did you get the job?
I applied online for a Field Environmental Advisor position with URS Consultants and interviewed well but did not get the job; three months later they rang me to offer me a position in the Brisbane environmental team, consulting for Origin Energy.
What attracted you to the position?
Gaining experience with a national resources company was always a goal. Origin Energy has a reputation for striving for good environmental practice. Developing contacts in a multi–national environmental and engineering consultancy was also a drawcard.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I most enjoy developing ways to improve environmental management on the ground. I love coming to work with teams of environmental professionals who feel passionate about minimising disturbance and environmental harm. Suiting up and going to work on the eighth floor of a beautiful building overlooking the Brisbane River does not hurt either.
What exciting or interesting projects are you working on?
Working on Origin's coal seam sites near Roma offers so much diversity. We are looking at water quality and management as well as other environmental aspects such as erosion, sediment, noise, air quality, waste and vegetation management.
How has your USC degree assisted you in gaining your position, or how has your degree helped you perform your duties?
The most valuable part of my degree was examining industry legislation and environmental best practice. Through my role I see the connection and application of principles taught during my courses. Work experience, field trips and real life projects such as water quality on Fraser Island also helped prepare me for my working life after university.