Marcus has been a dedicated advocate of environmental issues and earned his bachelors degree in Environmental Science from Griffith University, Australia. He has a thirty-year track record as an active agent of environmental change. Marcus brings to GreenLearning extensive experience developing and implementing environmental projects in both the not for profit and government sectors.
What type of work does your current job involve?
My work focuses on supporting our Executive Director in charting and delivering organizational strategy and partnerships. In assisting our program developers in creating exciting and informative environmental education and activities that build understanding and action on critical environmental issues. My work also involves, outreach to, and working with teachers and students as they navigate our programs and services.
What inspired you to pursue this career path and how did you get started in this field?
I learned, in my teens, to appreciate the incredible abundance, beauty and importance of nature while sailing a yacht up the isolated West coast of Australia. Along with my exposure to pods of whales and dolphins frolicking in the ocean and abundant schools of tuna and mackerel leaping out of the water. I was also exposed the pollution, garbage and illegal fishing boats. I think it was from this, that I was inspired to make my career and life about environmental issues. Speaking out for the many species that have no voice. I got started by being accepted to Griffith University’s Environmental Science program – at that time it was one of the first Environmental Degrees offered.
What are some of the challenges you faced in getting to where you are now and how did you overcome them?
It is always a challenge to keep up with the never-ending, ever-expanding workload. No matter the jobs I have held or issues that I worked on (even with successful results) there is always another major environmental challenge ahead. First we won on Acid rain, then we won on Ozone depletion. And yet — overall the threat of Climate Change continues to threaten all the progress we have made. So, staying positive and focused in the face of growing environmental problems. Taking relaxing time in nature to create life work balance and preventing “burning-out” is how I overcome.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I see myself Working at GreenLearning to help the adults of tomorrow make a better world for all. Also, in my spare time building an off grid cabin in the forest and surfing some of the worlds best waves.
What advice do you have for students who would like to pursue a career path that is similar to yours?
Work hard, keep an open mind, volunteer, read what interests you and stay solution oriented and positive in your approach to problems that stand in your way.