Meet the team

Fiona.JPGFiona Young

Senior programme leader & regional coordinator of Enviroschools in Southland

Fiona is the regional co-ordinator for Enviroschools and the leader for the environmental education programme. She comes to the role after many years working with adults on environmental awareness and change, and is enthusiastic to see what opportunities are within the “young” community of Southland.  Time away from the office is spent with family, on-farm and in the outdoors.


Mark.JPGMark Oster

Environmental education officer

Mark joined Environment Southland in 2012 after having worked for the Department of Conservation as community relations and education ranger. He has an education degree and a background in pest management, outdoor education, agricultural training, conservation and youth work. With such a diverse and practical background he enjoys inspiring students to connect with nature, learn from it, and develop creative actions that will enhance its wellbeing as well as their own.


Pat.JPGPat Hoffmann

Environmental education officer and Enviroschools facilitator

Pat joined the Environment Southland team in 2009 after emigrating from South Africa where she had worked as an environmental educator in a game reserve (for 8½ years) and as a teacher in a school (for 1 year). Pat is a qualified teacher and entomologist. Her strengths/responsibilities include: freshwater science, coastal education, ecology, invertebrates and the science fair. Pat lives on a lifestyle block on the outskirts of Invercargill. Her hobbies include beekeeping, gardening, barbershop singing and finding homes for retired racing dogs.

Contact us

For any questions you have for our environmental educators, please fill in our online form, or contact the team on 0800 76 88 45, or send an email to

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