Rural Ambassador Award

Steph Boyce

Born and bred in the heart of Central Australia, Alice Springs Northern Territory. Alice will always be my home, but for the past 9 years I’ve called Northampton home.

My family and myself moved to Northampton in mid-2010 (half way through year 9) and although it was frightening at the time, looking back on it, it has been the best thing for myself and my family!

In mid-2010 I started at Northampton District High School, where with the small class size and more one on one time with the teachers, saw me flourish as a student and resulted in me graduating with many awards. Whilst schooling in Northampton, the Western Australian College of Agriculture Morawa visited the school offering try out weeks and after attending the try out, I was enrolled as a student for year 11 and year 12.

Attending Morawa Ag. College was the best decision I have made in terms of secondary schooling and reinforced my ambition of a career path in agriculture.

After graduating from Morawa Ag with numerous awards and achievements, I was deemed suitable for a position with the former Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia, now Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

I have been employed as a Technical Officer with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) since graduating from Western Australian College of Agriculture, Morawa in September 2013.

Within my current role I have overseen more than 50 field, laboratory and shade house trials.

I am involved in all aspects of the research from agronomic management to biological assessments using a wide range of scientific instruments as well as data interpretation and reporting.

I am aware of the scientific principles involved to ensure the success of these research programs; such as ensuring trials are designed in a statistically robust way by including control plots and replication and considering spatial dimensions of trial layouts.

The high quality of the results I have obtained from these trials has meant that many of these trials have been communicated via scientific reports.

My high level of involvement at all stages of the research has resulted in me being a co-author of many of these reports. I am now into my 6th year of continued service as a Technical Officer within DAFWA now DPIRD.

My performance has also been recognised with the DPIRD awarding me study leave to pursue a tertiary qualification.

As such I have commenced part time study at Charles Sturt University, undertaking a Bachelor of Agriculture and have completed almost 3 years of this course.

I have been a Committee Member of the Northampton Agricultural Society for the past 4 Years and since 2016 I have been a steward for the Show jumping event.

My reason for applying for the Rural Ambassador Award is because of my genuine interest in the agricultural industry and my future ambitions to continue to pursue a career path in the agricultural sector.

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