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Scott Hazelden

Environment superintendent, Fortescue Metals Group

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Scott Hazelden uses his qualifications in environmental management to make sure Aussie iron ore producer Fortescue Metals sticks to its eco-obligations

Scott wasn’t sure what he wanted to do straight after school, so he enrolled in a University Preparation course at Edith Cowan University, which covers a range of skills and offers an introduction to uni before you land on your degree.

After lots of chats with student services and uni lecturers – and with his love of geography and biology in mind – Scott signed up for a Bachelor of Environmental Management. And he couldn’t have been happier with his choice – highlights included field trips to Walpole and Dryandra, both in southwest Western Australia, to study coastal and marine management, and ecology.

Scott’s next choice was where to work. It was after completing a subject on environmental impact assessments during his degree that he decided on WA’s mining sector. “In my mind, there is no better industry to put your environmental management expertise into practice,” he says.

Scott is currently environment superintendent at Fortescue Metals Group, an Australian iron ore producer. His job is to ensure the company sticks to its environmental obligations, which he does through environmental reporting, monitoring and inspections.

This means managing a lot of data, and Scott says his team is always looking for ways to automate data reporting so they can spend more time analysing the numbers and using them to inform smart, sustainable business decisions.

Scott’s study and career pathway

  • Bachelor of Environmental Management, ECU
  • Graduate Environment Officer, Downer EDi Mining
  • Environmental Advisor, Fortescue Metals Group
  • Environment superintendent, Fortescue Metals Group

This article was brought to you in partnership with Edith Cowan University and was originally published in Careers with STEM: Environment – the flip cover of Careers with STEM: Science.

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