With her second baby on the way, NACC Natural Resource Management Officer Marieke Jensen is turning a new leaf to start a very exciting chapter of her life.
Marieke has been working at NACC since May 2007, took a hiatus from working in 2012 and returned to NACC in 2013.
This month she has wrapped things up at NACC to focus on her family (and new addition) and will return mid-2016.
Marieke started out as NACC’s very first GIS Officer, then moved into a MERI Coordinator role, before taking on a Program Manager role covering Sustainable Agriculture and Biodiversity, which brought landmark projects to the region such as NACC’s Rivers and Wetland Program.
Behind the scenes
Marieke was born in the north of Holland and studied Environment Science at an Agricultural University.
After working in a range of jobs from mapping soil contaminated sites to administrating EU subsidies for farmers, she decided it was time to travel.
“Australia was never my destination but I somehow ended up working on a cattle station in the Pilbara; This is where I met my husband and now live on a mixed farming property in Northampton,” she said.
“Working at NACC has been a great opportunity for me to really get to know the region and its people.
“NACC has such a unique position of working directly with community across all facets of the environment. I really enjoy working on projects that make a difference on-ground and both benefit the environment and land manager.
“I also love going for a ride on my horse with my dogs in tow. Every day I still feel very special that I live in a place where I can’t see my neighbours!”
On behalf of all NACC staff, past and present, we would like to wish Marieke and her family all the best in their new journey, and look forward to her return mid-2016.