Title: Hydrographic Surveyor, Geoscience Division

Location: Suva, Fiji

How long have you been working for SPC?

I have been with SPC for nine years now. I started as a technical officer in the Ocean and Islands Programme at what was called the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC). In 2014, I was promoted to the position of Hydrographic Surveyor after finishing my Category B qualification in hydrography at the Royal Australian Navy’s Hydrographic School.

Where did you work before you joined us?

I worked at the Mineral Resources Department in Fiji for two years as a scientific officer in the mapping division after graduating from the University of the South Pacific.

Describe your current role at SPC

I am involved with planning and conducting hydrographic surveys and mapping projects in the Pacific. These are primarily used for the production of nautical charts and related information for navigation at sea. I work very closely with government ministries and the Principal Charting Authorities (official entities responsible for updating nautical charts for the region), such as the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, Australian Hydrographic Office and Land Information New Zealand. As part of my work I also help deploy oceanographic instrument for determining the wave and current parameters for inundation modeling.

What do you find rewarding about working for the principal technical and scientific organisation in the Pacific?

SPC has given me the opportunity to realize my dream of becoming a qualified hydrographic surveyor whereby I can help our member countries to build hydrographic capacity that directly benefits the local communities, industry, transport and economies.