People stories

A career that matters. A contribution that counts.

Our people are working towards a better Queensland for everyone.

From our rangers looking after millions of hectares of national and marine parks, state forests, and conservation areas, to our wildlife and conservation officers leveraging the latest research and technology to protect our environment, ecosystems, cultural heritage, and native fauna and flora – we all have an important role to play.

In our department, your contribution counts and so will you.

Meet some of our incredible people and find out why they love working with us.

Erin Witten, Ranger in Charge

Erin and her team look after an enormous amount of protected area estate across Rockhampton, in Central Queensland. Hear from Erin about some of the diverse experiences she’s had during her more than 20 years with the department, and what she hopes to achieve in the future.

  • Erin is living the dream, working with her team to look after many protected area estates across Rockhampton in Central Queensland. Get inspired and hear Erin’s story with over 20...

    Erin is living the dream, working with her team to look after many protected area estates across Rockhampton in Central Queensland. Get inspired and hear Erin’s story with over 20 years of experience with the department.

Damon Shearer, Senior Technical Officer

No two days are the same for Damon – from fighting fires to carrying out underwater reef assessments, his job as a Ranger involves a lot of variety. Find out why Damon is still working with us after 12 years.

  • Ever wondered about the variety of work a Ranger does? Meet Ranger Damon, from fighting fires to carrying out underwater reef assessments, and he explains that no two days are...

    Ever wondered about the variety of work a Ranger does? Meet Ranger Damon, from fighting fires to carrying out underwater reef assessments, and he explains that no two days are the same even after 12 years of experience.

Josh Radloff, Senior Environmental Compliance Officer

As one of our Environmental Compliance Officers, responsible for regulating a wide range of activities, Josh enjoys the complexity, diversity, and sense of pride that his role affords. He shares what it’s like to work in one of our busy regional offices.

  • As an Environmental Compliance Officer, Josh takes pride in the complexity and diversity of his role. Turn it up and hear what it’s like to work in our busy regional...

    As an Environmental Compliance Officer, Josh takes pride in the complexity and diversity of his role. Turn it up and hear what it’s like to work in our busy regional offices.

Dr Alan Horsup, Senior Conservation Officer

Dr Horsup has been an integral part of learnings and improvements to conservation efforts such as increasing knowledge of the species, building a dog-proof fence in 2002, providing water points in 2004 to reduce impact from drought, and improving monitoring and translocation techniques.

Meet Alan, who has dedicated 30 years of his life to protect the Hairy-nosed wombat!

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Dr Alan Horsup

Alexander Peters, Wildlife Officer

Meet one of our Wildlife Officers, Alex. Growing up with a surfboard in one hand and a fishing rod in the other, Alex dreamed of a life at sea as a skipper. But when he found out he was colour blind, he found another way to pursue his passion for the outdoors – as a Wildlife Officer. Alex shares with us why he truly loves his job.

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Alex Peters

Shannon Henderson, Senior Environmental Officer

Mesmerised by her Science teacher’s passion for the environment, Shannon followed in his footsteps. In 2019, as part of her Bachelor of Science degree, she started work experience with the department’s Pollution Hotline. Since then, Shannon has achieved incredible career progression. Here, she tells us how.

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Shannon Henderson

Collette Bagnato, Marine Park Ranger

Collette’s passion for the natural world was sparked when she was a child. Now she gets to help preserve some of Australia’s most historic and breathtaking environments. Find out more about Collette’s journey to becoming a Marine Park Ranger in the Great Barrier Reef.

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Collette Bagnato

Justin Wilson, Environmental Compliance Officer

After switching careers in his 40s, Justin has found a workplace where his values and love for the environment align. Read about how Justin’s role with us allows him to combine his love for both technology and the environment, and the advice he has for other university graduates.

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Justin Wilson

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