Jobs at DOC: Summer Interns

Department of Conservation —  27/11/2015

Introducing the 11 talented interns who are joining DOC teams over summer to put their knowledge into practice and learn real-world skills…

DOC teams are made up of dedicated and passionate people, and our interns are no exception. Hailing from places all over New Zealand, and even overseas, they’re helping us with everything from GIS mapping projects to marketing initiatives and marine conservation.

Alexandra (Alex) Gadd

Alex arrives at DOC on a research scholarship granted by Victoria University, where she is currently completing a Bachelor of Tourism Management. As part of our recreation team, she is carrying out research on DOC campgrounds. Alex and her family lived in Plimmerton until she was 17; she calls central Wellington home now. Like most kiwis, she loves exploring the spectacular outdoor scenery that New Zealand boasts.

Alex Gadd.

Alex Gadd

What are you most looking forward to during your time at DOC?

I am looking forward to conducting my research (analysing data) and creating a report – and also getting to understand all the various activities and processes that DOC carries out.

Baylee Smith

Baylee is our Historic Analyst Intern at National Office and will be working on various projects involving ARCHsite, the archaeological site database. She has been studying in Dunedin for the past five years, completing a BA (Hons) in Anthropology and Statistics, and is now studying towards a Masters in Archaeology. Born in the sheep shearing capital of the world, Te Kuiti, she likes to knit and is on a competitive laser tag team.

Baylee Smith.

Baylee Smith

What are you most looking forward to during your time at DOC?

Learning from and getting to know the people who work here.

Emma Brown

Emma Brown

Emma Brown

Emma also gained a summer research scholarship from Victoria University and is interning with the Marine Ecosystems Team, working on Baited Remote Underwater Video footage. Currently she is halfway through a Masters in Marine Conservation. She aspires to work in marine conservation and enjoys all water activities, such as fishing, diving, wakeboarding and boating.

What are you most looking forward to during your time at DOC?

Gaining valuable experience and practical knowledge and getting to know all of the people in the team.

Jessica Danby

Jessica is based with the Science Threats team in Hamilton, where she will be watching footage and analysing animal behaviour as part of the self-resetting traps project. Now finished her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Waikato, she endeavours to travel and gain experience in scientific research fields both in New Zealand and abroad. Exploring Europe next April on a month-long tour is one of the first things she has planned.

Jessica Danby.

Jessica Danby

What are you most looking forward to during your time at DOC?

Learning a lot more about conservation in New Zealand from the people who know the most about it, and also seeing theory learnt at University put into practice first-hand.

Gavin Poole

Gavin is the Marketing and Communications Intern in the Auckland Office and is busy with various projects, including running the Pai and Piri Facebook page and helping with marketing strategies to build awareness of DOC’s work around Auckland. He is studying towards a Communications degree at Auckland University and has just finished his second year. Balancing work, playing sports and studying occupies much of his time. Sight-seeing on a Contiki or doing an OE are on the cards in the future.

Gavin Poole

Gavin Poole

What are you most looking forward to during your time at DOC?

Definitely spending time out in the Hauraki Gulf looking at the beautiful islands surrounding Auckland.

Jing Zhou (Yoyo)

Jing Zhou.

Jing Zhou

Yoyo joins us as a Marine Mammal Intern. She is working with the Marine Species and Threats team to generate a program that pools DOC’s marine mammal sightings into a central database. China is her home country and she grew up in Shanghai. Recently she completed her degree at Victoria University with a double-major in Information Systems and E-Commerce. Her internship is courtesy of funding from the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ) which is supporting the development of a database towards which Yoyo is contributing.

What are you most looking forward to during your time at DOC?

Gaining knowledge about a variety of marine mammal species.

Juliette Irwin

Juliette is contributing her skills as a Recreation Analyst Intern at National Office, which currently involves writing a report on the Recreation Consortium. As a graduate of Victoria University, she has studied Law and achieved a BA in English Literature and Music. She aspires to become a registered lawyer next year and perhaps practice Environmental Law, as well as do more travelling. Outside of the office, she plays the piano, the violin and sings.

Juliette Irwin.

Juliette Irwin

What are you most looking forward to during your time at DOC?

Working on fun and interesting projects, and meeting great people.

Michelle Barnes

Michelle Barnes.

Michelle Barnes

Michelle is working alongside the Geospatial Services Team. She will be assisting with numerous projects; at the moment she is updating DOC’s track information based on GPS data that staff have collected while walking the tracks. Michelle’s hometown is Feilding, and she has recently finished a Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Systems through Massey University. She has a pet labradoodle ‘Paz’, and loves to explore the great outdoors by running, hiking and mountain biking with friends.

What are you most looking forward to during your time at DOC?

Meeting new people and learning new things. I’m interested in the variety of different jobs I will be working on and becoming familiar with the types of applications that DOC uses GIS for.

Nicole Sturgess

Nicole is also a Marine Intern; however she is based at the Westport Office in the Buller District. Part of her role is to revise the local Marine Mammal Stranding Operational Plan, and develop plans for the five marine reserves along the West Coast. She graduated from the University of Waikato with a Master of Science, majoring in Biological Sciences, and recently completed her master’s thesis which involved mapping within Paraninihi Marine Reserve using multibeam sonar and observation survey methods. Oakura was her home until she was 18. Besides conservation, she is interested in sustainable aquaculture and trains in Taekwondo and combat Hapkido.

Nicole Sturgess.

Nicole Sturgess

What are you most looking forward to during your time here?

I look forward to working alongside and learning from my co-workers, who have experience and knowledge in the field that I am eager to dedicate my career to. As a marine intern, I have the opportunity to travel along the West Coast and familiarise myself with the five marine reserves, which will involve me getting out into the field and spending time in other DOC offices.

William Bannister

William is a Geospatial Intern in the Christchurch Office, tagging along with the Geospatial Services team for the summer. Naming a series of maps and working permissions are his current projects. Prior to DOC, he achieved a Bachelor of Science in Geology and was studying at the University of Waikato towards a Post-graduate Science Diploma in Geography & GIS. He grew up on a sheep and beef farm not far from Masterton. In future years, he aims to pursue a masters or PhD in the field of GIS and develop a career as a GIS analyst.

William Bannister.

William Bannister

What are you most looking forward to during your time at DOC?

Learning how GIS works in the real world, as opposed to the ‘clean-lab’ environment of University.

Victoria Ward

Victoria will join the Communications Unit at National Office over summer to take part in a diverse range of writing, editing and publishing projects. After this internship, she will be returning home to Palmerston North to complete her Bachelor of Communication at Massey University, majoring in Communication Management.

Victoria Ward.

Victoria Ward

What are you most looking forward to during your time at DOC?

Living in Wellington this summer promises to bring so many new adventures, and I can’t wait for things to unfold. I am most looking forward to exploring how my potential career could look in the real world and learning from the talented people here at DOC.