Full-time work before publishing

Technical Book Buyer, promoted from Sales Assistant, Pocket and Technical Bookshop, Sydney, April 1980­–August 1984

I ordered scientific, technical and medical books and textbooks, including engineering, automotive, agricultural and computing subjects. I was also responsible for customer service and stock control.

Relief Laboratory Assistant, Animal Holding and Breeding Unit, Prince Henry Hospital, University of New South Wales, March 1980–April 1980

I was responsible for the care and feeding of laboratory animals.

Teacher of English as a Second Language in Wakayama, Japan, and in Hong Kong, October 1978–February 1980

I taught English as a second language at primary, secondary and business levels.

Scientific Officer, South Australian Museum of Natural History, Adelaide, November 1976–October 1978 (Marine Invertebrates and Ichthyology)

I organised and added to collections; reorganised the existing dry and spirit collections; added to collections with regular field work and scuba diving; maintained two display aquaria; arranged loans of specimens to other institutions; maintained the reprint library; identified and preserved new specimens; and generally assisted the curator.

Publication: Window, J. Sunfish in South Australia. The South Australian Naturalist 1978, 53(2): 29–31.

Sales Assistant, Dr Duncan’s Bookshop, Adelaide, March 1974–October 1976

I was responsible for customer service and ordering stock.

Clerical Assistant (Casual), South Australian Agriculture and Fisheries Department, Adelaide, March 1974

I collated data on the commercial lobster industry in S.A.

Technical Assistant (Temporary), S.A. Forestry Department, Mt. Gambier, January 1974­–February 1974

I performed chemical nutrient analysis of pine tree needles.

Technical Assistant (Temporary), Forestry and Timber Bureau, Darwin, December 1973–January 1974

I assisted in research on termites, and maintained captive termite colonies.

Temporary Field Assistant, Electricity Trust of S.A., January 1973

I participated in a general survey of animals affected by the E.T.S.A. power station’s hot water outlet, concentrating on the capture and identification of night-flying insects. As part of an ecological survey of the intertidal and subtidal areas in the adjacent Port Stanvac Oil Refinery, we identified organisms and assessed population levels (to establish base-line conditions for monitoring pollution levels).

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