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Found a career life less ordinary

With a background in child care, Trish never dreamed her move far out over a decade ago would have resulted in the most fascinating and rewarding careers.

For a person who was qualified to work in child care, Trish Sloan got the opportunity far out to transition to one of the rarest jobs in the world.

As Collection Manager for the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, she is responsible for helping research and care for four point six billion years of Australian history.

“I work with fossils that are one of a kind, millions of years old some never seen by people, they are extremely valuable to science and it makes me so proud to be part of it,” she said.

Trish works at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Natural History Museum, a not-for-profit organisation in Winton that finds, collects, researches dinosaur fossils found in the region, and educates the community about the discoveries.

“I am in charge of delivering content. I oversee the preparation of fossils, go out and do fieldwork like dinosaur digs, set displays and catalogue every fossil in this museum,” she said.

While her job is different to the usual, there are many more familiar jobs on offer in the region.

“Properties are looking for stock hands Jillaroos Jackaroos, the Waltzing Matilda Centre is looking for cafe workers and pubs looking for staff, there is so much work and you just never know where it will take you. After all I came here working in child care look at my job now,” she beams.

The museum has continued to grow now employing thirty staff and always looking for engaged, enthusiastic employees willing to give central west Queensland a go.

“The people here are genuine and mostly nice and  I love the wide-open spaces, it’s a great place for me,” she explained

“I’m incredibly proud of what I do. I have a very rare job in museums and I am responsible for making sure that the information of these fossils is correct and accurate to help educate and research Australian prehistory,” she said

She never dreamed her move far out over a decade ago would have resulted in the most fascinating and rewarding careers.

“I get goosebumps when I think about my career and its impact.  For years and years and years, I did not know what I really wanted to do, but in a small community the opportunity presented itself, to someone with no palaeontology training so grabbed it and have never looked back.”

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