YOUNG women are being encouraged to consider pursuing careers in non-traditional areas through a Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) initiative, ‘See it. Dream it. Do it.’
Launched early last month, the See it. Dream it. Do it. project seeks to increase the visibility of women working in DPIPWE’s diverse and numerous operational and field-based roles through the creation of a series of videos showcasing the valuable work being undertaken by women within the agency.
By showcasing women working in non-traditional roles, the videos aim to inspire more young women to seek employment in these fields where gender imbalances remain present.
The videos, which feature five women from across the agency, are being featured on social media, online, at community events and See it. Dream it. Do it. workshops in secondary schools across the state.
Taylor Benny, graduate ranger with Tasmania Parks and Wildlife (PWS), started her career at Cradle Mountain, and now enjoys working in the rugged landscape of the state’s west coast.
“I love the variability in this job,” Ms Benny said.
“As a woman, I know that I’m not physically as strong – for the most part, though, I’ve found there’s ways around it.
“Sometimes, it’s just using your noggin.”
Also featured in the videos is Briallen Frisken, one of only a handful of female surveyors in Tasmania.
Ms Frisken said working for Lands Tasmania afforded her the ability to combine her aptitude for maths and problem solving with her love for the outdoors.
“It’s unusual to see women in this industry, but it’s a career for anyone who loves to be outside,” she said.
DPIPWE deputy secretary Jason Jacobi said as an agency, DPIPWE encouraged women to work in operational and field-based roles.
“From wildlife officers, biosecurity inspectors and rangers to research microbiologists and surveyors, DPIPWE offers diverse job opportunities and we hope the See it. Dream it. Do it. initiative will help demonstrate that these are genuine and viable career paths for women,” he said.
Minister for Women Jacquie Petrusma said the Tasmanian Government’s Financial Security for Women Action Plan 2018-2021 identified DPIPWE’s See it. Dream it. Do it. project as an important action for increasing women’s participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) subjects.
She said it supported women and girls in regional areas to seek employment in traditionally male dominated fields.
“The Tasmanian Government is committed to reducing the barriers to women’s economic participation and building the capabilities of women and girls to achieve financial independence,” she said.
“Being able to fully participate in the economy, whether in the paid workforce or self-employment, are critical to women’s financial wellbeing.”
To view the videos, visit the DPIPWE’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/channel/UCqlu-SDLJrNjo9h7jk0U_Sw.
Caption: Photo credit: Courtesy of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.