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5 minutes with Steve - Greenfleet’s new Contractor Manger

5 minutes with Steve - Greenfleet’s new Contractor Manger

Welcome to the team! We'd like to extend a warm welcome to Greenfleet's new Contractor Manager, Steve. 

Steve has joined the Revegetation team to help manage our contractors, site preparations and forests around Australia. We spent 5 minutes catching up with Steve to learn more about him and his new role.

Greenfleet: Tell us a bit about your professional background?

Steve: I was in I.T. for around 20 years, but I started to get a bit bored with it about 10 years ago. So, I decided to go to university to study Conservation and Land Management. I had to stay in I.T. for a little longer than I’d planned, because my partner and I fell pregnant, but I finished my studies in Conservation and Land Management about 3 years ago.

Where did your interest in forestry and conservation stem from?

In one of my I.T. jobs, I was working for Mt Buller, and Buller Ski Lifts, making sure all their ticketing systems and hardware were working, so I was on site there quite a lot. They had employed an environmental scientist to map every single tree on Mt Buller, and I had the chance to work alongside them, to help set up the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software, and that sparked my interest. That, and the pygmy possum that lives up there.

Can you tell us a bit about your new role at Greenfleet?

I’ am joining Greenfleet’s Revegetation team, as the Contractor Manager, so I’ll liaise with contractors who help us prepare and plant some of our sites, as well as reporting on the sites around Australia that we can’t get to as often, given that we’re based in Melbourne. The Contractor Manager role needs an environmental science background, but I’ll also be looking at processes and procedures, so it will involve a bit of I.T., which means I’ll be able to combine both my areas of expertise.

How do you like Greenfleet so far?

Great! Everyone’s really nice, and it’s a lovely environment to work in. We also had the Victorian planting in Newham just after I started, which was really enjoyable. I can’t wait to get out and do more planting.

What do you do when you’re not working?

I’ve got a three-year-old son, so I try to spend as much time as possible with him and my wife. We’re also renovating our house at the moment, which is keeping us busy. I’m a cricket fan, and I love taking our kelpie to the beach, and going camping when we can fit it in. I’d love to camp at one of the Greenfleet forests one day! I’d also like to learn a bit of film making eventually, because I have an idea to make a documentary series about Australian rivers.