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Career Profiles

Anais - Park Attendant

I started with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council as a Trainee where I not only gained my Certificate III in Horticulture, I also gained valuable skills and work experience whilst studying and was nominated for the Mid North Coast Trainee of the year award.

I have now gained permanent employment with Council and am pleased to have been able to secure a role where I can use my horticulture skills and knowledge, I can work outside in a role with physical demands, and can see the benefit of the work I do in the presentation of our towns.

I have recently been appointed to a Team Leader role which has allowed me to further develop my leadership and management skills. I would encourage more women to consider outdoor traineeships to allow them to learn more in their field of interest whilst earning a living and having the opportunity to work outdoors.


Terry - Operations Engineer, Water & Sewer

My employment with PMHC began as a Mechanical Fitter Apprentice.  Apprentices at PMHC are given the opportunity to gain diverse industry skills and knowledge, and once complete have a solid platform to build a career. After completing the apprenticeship, I continued employment as a mechanical fitter and also continued to study, completing a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.  With the experience and qualification I had gained, I was appointed in several positions with increasing responsibility including Mechanical Technical Officer and Mechanical Supervisor, then later transferred to water section in the role of Technical Supervisor. 

With the support of Council’s Educational Assistance program, I am currently completing a Degree in Civil Engineering as an external university student, and employed as Operations Engineer - Water and Sewer. 


Tait - Environmental Health Officer - Development & Environment

I started working for Local Government in 2002 as a trainee Administration Officer in a designated Aboriginal position. Following my traineeship, I undertook a full time Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Health) Degree at Batchelor Institute for Indigenous Tertiary Education in the Northern Territory.

Working as an Environmental Health Officer gave me a broad range of job roles and got me out in the field doing inspections, investigations and water sampling which I enjoyed doing. My current role at Port Macquarie-Hastings Council involves approving and inspecting new and existing on-site sewage management systems and ensuring upgrades are made to failing septic systems. I am also helping to train another Aboriginal Environmental Health Officer, and work closely with the Local Aboriginal Lands Councils to obtain grants to remove illegally dumped rubbish on Aboriginal owned lands. 

I would recommend working in Local Government to anybody. My past 11 years in Local Government have been very enjoyable; it has improved my skills, my knowledge, and my experiences, whilst providing challenging work.


Matt - Director of Development & Environmental Services

A traineeship is a great way to start a career. Traineeships enable you to gain qualifications and real life work experience at the same time, making you a valuable choice for any employer.

As a trainee with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, I was able to successfully study at university, gain practical industry experience, and earn a salary at the same time. While it may sound like hard work, the rewards are worthwhile. I have been able to progress through to Council from a trainee Environmental Health Officer to a senior management role, and enjoy a range of working experiences and relationships along the way.


Nicole - Digital Communications Officer

My career with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council began as the Tourism Marketing Coordinator in 2006. I studied for a degree in Recreation and Tourism at University and focused on destination marketing.

Through my job at Council I learnt a lot about digital media which led me to my current role. I am constantly participating in one hour webinars, full day courses or online diplomas to further my education and learn new techniques and programs that can help me do my job more effectively. Through these courses, I obtained the qualifications necessary to apply for the Digital Communications Officer role.

This page was last updated on: 02 March 2018