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Meet Randall Milne

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Job: 

Senior Biosecurity Officer Pest Plants.

Job description: 

Develop and manage work programmes for pest plants in Southland.

Work background: 

I have worked as a Biosecurity Officer for 18 years now – which sounds like a really, really long time. It has gone very quickly which says to me I must enjoy it.

Favourite part of job: 

I love the variety of work I do. I like dealing with all sorts of people of all different ages - students, retired people, community groups, researchers. I help people with their pest plant problems, and work with them to protect and improve our environment.

Least favourite part of job: 

Sitting at the computer when the sun is shining outside. Also not being able to find an answer to a problem someone needs help with.

What I am working on now: 

Helping the Mid Dome Trust manage wilding pines.

A quick story about a job well done: 

We had an aquatic weed in one pond in Southland. It has taken 10 years of searching and controlling it, but this year there was finally nothing found.

Qualifications: 

A couple of university degrees in science and conservation.

Interests outside work: 

I like mountain biking, walking and playing squash when I can. My dog likes it when I take her for walks along the beach. I’m trying to learn to surf, but can’t twist my knee at the moment. I help the Otatara Landcare Group with a native plant restoration project, and controlling pest animals in the Otatara area.


Randall Milne is a Senior Biosecurity Officer at Environment Southland. Image: Environment Southland.