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.

Alex Lacey, Ranger, Northern Region

For Alex, every day is a great day as a ranger. Find out how working on Country allows Alex to connect with her ancestors and elders and inspire the next generation of Ewamian people.

  • For Alex, every day is a great day as a ranger. Find out how working on Country allows Alex to connect with her ancestors and elders and inspire the next generation of Ewamian people.

    For Alex, every day is a great day as a ranger. Find out how working on Country allows Alex to connect with her ancestors and elders and inspire the next generation of Ewamian people.

Working in non-frontline roles

Searching for a supportive environment, compassionate leaders, and real opportunities to learn, grow and make a difference? No matter your experience or expertise, you don't need to be on the front line to have an impact. Francine O'Rourke, Senior Community Engagement Officer, Mark Simmons, Senior Environmental Officer (Community Engagement) and Michele Spooner, Senior Human Resources Officer.

  • Searching for a supportive environment, compassionate leaders, and real opportunities to learn, grow and make a difference? No matter your experience or expertise, you don't need to be on the front line to have an…

    Searching for a supportive environment, compassionate leaders, and real opportunities to learn, grow and make a difference? No matter your experience or expertise, you don't need to be on the front line to have an impact. Francine O'Rourke, Senior Community Engagement Officer, Mark Simmons, Senior Environmental Officer (Community Engagement) and Michele Spooner, Senior Human Resources Officer.

Emerald

Searching for career progression and an incredible lifestyle? Achieve and experience more than you ever thought possible with our vibrant Emerald team. Environmental Officers Jade Caldwell, Jasmine Corica and Luke Taylor.

Giles Bezzina, Senior Environmental Officer

Giles grew up exploring the beautiful Cairns environment. Now, as Senior Environmental Officer, he’s protecting those special places of his childhood. Be inspired by Giles’s remarkable journey with us.

  • Giles grew up exploring the beautiful Cairns environment. Now, as Senior Environmental Officer, he’s protecting those special places of his childhood. Be inspired by Giles’s remarkable journey with us.

    Giles grew up exploring the beautiful Cairns environment. Now, as Senior Environmental Officer, he’s protecting those special places of his childhood. Be inspired by Giles’s remarkable journey with us.

Lachlan Bassani, Ranger, Northern Great Barrier Reef

For Lachlan, being a Ranger means so much more than sitting on a tropical island. As a proud Lama Lama man, it’s about connection to Country and preserving the environment for generations to come.

  • For Lachlan, being a Ranger means so much more than sitting on a tropical island. As a proud Lama Lama man, it’s about connection to Country and preserving the environment for generations to come.

    For Lachlan, being a Ranger means so much more than sitting on a tropical island. As a proud Lama Lama man, it’s about connection to Country and preserving the environment for generations to come.

Paul Sexton, Indigenous Project Officer

From Marine Park Ranger to Indigenous Project Officer, Paul has experienced an incredible career journey with us. Find out why this proud Kuku Yalanji man is so passionate about living and working on Country.

  • From Marine Park Ranger to Indigenous Project Officer, Paul has experienced an incredible career journey with us. Find out why this proud Kuku Yalanji man is so passionate about living and working on Country.

    From Marine Park Ranger to Indigenous Project Officer, Paul has experienced an incredible career journey with us. Find out why this proud Kuku Yalanji man is so passionate about living and working on Country.

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 years of experience with the…

    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 the same even after 12…

    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 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 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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