Having grown up in the mountains of Magoebaskloof and the Wolkberg, my love for the outdoors and the environment started at a very young age. Over the years, my enjoyment of the outdoors has led me into competitive mountain bike racing, orienteering, as well as participating in numerous international Adventure Races.
After qualifying with a BTech in Environmental Science at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), I worked for a year as an Outdoor Education Instructor in Australia, leading groups of youth on outdoor pursuits and environmental education programs.
After my time in Australia, I was selected as an International team member and environmental trainee on a multinational Environmental Restoration work crew with EarthCorps in Seattle, United States. I spent 8 months in Seattle doing various environmental restoration projects, including salmon habitat restoration and water resource management, invasive plant removal and trail building throughout Washington State. This was invaluable environmental restoration experience that I would bring back to the consulting world in South Africa.
On my return to South Africa, I joined a private environmental consulting firm in Johannesburg, before re-joining Seaton Thomson and Associates, where I had done an internship whilst studying at TUT. In my years of environmental consulting, I have found a passion for GIS mapping, water resource management and environmental rehabilitation. My work and experiences range widely from being involved with numerous Water Use Licensing projects, large scale mining impact assessments, photovoltaic solar power plants impact assessments and game lodge impact assessments.
In the years to come I hope to gain experience in all spheres of environmental project management, and pass this onto the next generation through active environmental education.
"Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal and transformation in our lives."
Mary Ann Brussat