As you might be able to tell from the title, a lot of exciting things have been happening for me recently!

At the end of last year, I decided to leave my environmental consultant role in Wagga Wagga for a new job as an Ecologist with a fantastic consulting company. The new job is a big step up for me and exactly what I’ve been hoping to find since returning from all my overseas adventures.

Gibraltar Peaks, Tibinbilla ACT

So, with the help of my family, I packed myself up and moved to Canberra! I now rent a really cute little apartment in the north of Canberra.  I’ve filled my balcony with plants, and I have a nice view of mountains and trees out my windows. Although I really liked living in Wagga, so far, I have absolutely loved Canberra.

Family photo on safe arrival in Canberra!

Having said that, I’ve not actually spent all that much time in Canberra itself, as my new job is very fieldwork heavy. I’ve been spending a lot of time up in the Snowy Mountains working on the Biodiversity Monitoring Program for the largest renewable energy project in Australia*, and one of the biggest in the world!  It is so exciting getting to work for such a high-profile project, and the variety of work I’ve done already has been fantastic.

It is so pretty up here!

The biodiversity monitoring program will mainly involve a variety of surveys for threatened species, to make sure the big renewable energy project is not having negative impacts on them. Lately, I’ve been setting up lots of camera traps, conducting reptile and scat surveys, as well as doing some incredibly cool work with detection dogs. Yes, I am being paid to work with dogs. I am living the dream!  Hopefully I will be able to tell you all about that program at a later stage, but for now the details are between me and the doggos.

Bright blue skies

Blotched blue tongue lizard, and me (when we are working in burnt areas I come home looking like a firefighter!)

Thankyou to everyone who supported me before and during my move to Canberra and transition between jobs. I feel so lucky to be in the position I am now, and look forward to giving you some more details when I can!

*I’ll let you guess what I’m referring to here! All opinions and information in this blog post are my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer or other companies involved in this project.