Health Sciences

Sarah O'Brien, Bachelor of Environmental Science

Acting Senior Waste Officer, Manly Council

From a young age I was always intrigued by animals and nature. I wanted to find out more about why things are the way they are and how everything comes together to form our environment.

What I learnt at ACU has allowed me develop a career in the area of my choice.During my field experience, an essential component of my degree, I worked for an environmental consultancy, which offered me a part-time and then a full-time role. That was the start of my career.

I now work at Manly Council, which I love. What makes my job special is I can see the work I do making a difference – everything I do is dedicated to creating a cleaner more sustainable environment.

I’ve been lucky to have a few really memorable experiences. One was winning the Keep Australia Beautiful NSWEnvironmental Education award, and the Keep Australia Beautiful Litter Management Clean Beaches award.I also helped develop a litter management video called The Litterbug which has been shown on national television.

ACU taught me to be creative when approaching situations. I also learnt how to express myself, keep an open mind on issues, and speak out.