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6 December 2023

Consultant Spotlight: Rebecca Goodwin

We asked our Team Leader – Botany (NSW) Rebecca Goodwin about some of her highlights, achievements and memorable moments during her time at Biosis.

Tell us about your experience in Ecology/Botany and your particular areas interest.

I have worked in consulting for 16 years and started out as a graduate in 2007. During my time in consulting, I have had experience undertaking ecological surveys and impact assessments all over Australia including Victoria, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales. I am also a Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM) Accredited Assessor in NSW, and have experience in fauna surveys including mammals, frogs and bats.

My particular area of expertise is botanical identification and vegetation mapping along the south-east coast of NSW, from Sydney to Moruya. I also particularly enjoy working in sandstone and rainforest vegetation communities.

How long have you worked with Biosis and what is most enjoyable memory in that time?

I started at Biosis in 2017. My most enjoyable memory would be the AMAZING RACE that we undertook across Melbourne with the Management Team in 2022. We often get together and undertake a combination of formal training and team bonding activities once a year.

I really enjoy taking time out to connect with the management team, and it is so valuable as a leader to build a support network within the business.

During your time at Biosis, what is your biggest achievement or a project you worked on that you are most proud of?

My biggest achievement at Biosis would have to be building the NSW Ecology Team. When I started as the NSW Team Leader for Ecology, the team was only eight staff. It’s now currently made up of 22 staff across our NSW offices and was recently split into the zoology and botany team, due to the continual growth of the team.

I am incredibly proud of everyone on our team, and I really enjoy watching each of them grow over their time at Biosis and everything they achieve over the years.

There are two projects I am most proud of during my time at Biosis, working as the lead ecologist on the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan, and vegetation mapping of the Kiama LGA.

They were both enjoyable projects to work on, and a great learning experience for the whole team.

What do you like most about working at Biosis?

Most definitely the people! Our Directors and Managers are all very supportive and allow the leaders in the business to be involved in key decisions, and support and grow our teams autonomously. This really creates an individualistic approach to mentoring ensuring everyone feels valued and enjoy their jobs.

The NSW Ecology Team is very strong and everyone cares for and support each other. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with every day.