posted 8/10/2013 by Nicole
Hi, my name is Nick Carboon and I work as a ‘Scientific Assessment Officer’ within the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in the South Australian Government.
Have you ever asked how the Adelaide Parklands and sporting fields are kept green in summer, or perhaps wondered how polluted stormwater from our roads in winter can be cleaned, stored and used months later?
Working with these types of complex issues about water management is what I do in my job.
Water is vital for South Australia’s environmental, social and economic future. With a growing economy and population, it is critical we manage our water resources well.
Currently I am working in a project reviewing the monitoring requirements for South Australia’s water resources. This project is evaluating current groundwater and surface water monitoring and assessing if this monitoring can be done more efficiently and effectively.
Water monitoring provides the critical data for scientific evaluation and it forms the basis for water management decisions. Therefore, it’s important to get water monitoring right!
As the old saying goes….’ If you don’t monitor it, you can’t manage it’.
In the past I have worked in water management roles assessing the impact of development proposals on the State’s water resources and as a project officer within the Coorong Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth project towards the end of the recent drought.
I like my work because it’s stimulating and I believe that the work we do matters. A water management career is challenging, but also rewarding, as it provides ongoing learning and a real sense of contributing. Every day we deal with complex issues and I learn more about our water resources and their management. This makes every day at work interesting and enjoyable.
My work engages closely with groundwater, surface-water and water ecology scientists (see other testimonials) who work to develop an improved understanding of the water resource and the flora and fauna that depend on it. I enjoy working with these colleagues who are passionate about their field of expertise. I have also been lucky to attend field trips to the Western MacDonnell Ranges in the NT, the Coorong and Lower Lakes region and the River Murray.
After secondary schooling in Victoria, and a Degree in Economics and Marketing, I worked in commercial sales roles within the construction and housing industry. I’ve always loved the environment however, and this interest led me to change careers. I studied Environmental Management at Flinders University and chose water management related subjects and research topics to assist my chance of gaining employment in this field.
Images kindly provided by the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources