Employee Stories

Employee Stories – Steve Purser


When Steve Purser was offered a position with Active in Darwin four years ago it wasn’t just about the opportunity of a new job but the chance of a whole new adventure for his family.

“I’d always seen the Northern Territory as the last frontier offering a bit more freedom,” he notes. So when an ad seeking a supervisor for Active Darwin Rural he seized the opportunity.

He landed the role at an interview conducted on the Gold Coast, quit his job as a trainer and assessor in Northern NSW, sold his house, bought a troupe carrier and caravan, and hosted a “four-week” garage sale.

With him for the ride were his wife and seven-year-old twin boys.

“When I was young my Dad used to work the afternoon shift in coal mining,” Steve explains of the lifestyle change. “I wanted the opportunity to spend more time with my kids.”

And this shift across the country is everything the family hoped it would be.

“We love it every day,” Steve says of life in the NT. It’s a place he’s constantly exploring in a role that covers a 200km radius of Darwin.

It includes Katherine, Dundee and Mt Bundy. “I love the remoteness, the beautiful beaches, the blue water…and the cold beer.

Supervisor - Steve Purser

“I saw buffalos the other day. We get crocs, barramundi and a lot of wildlife. There’s Jabiru, Brolga and Magpie Geese. I put a mud crab pot in at lunch recently and pulled out a 2kg crab.”

“I enjoy working independently, working in crews, as well as the travel, the remoteness and the freedom.”

Asked about his best day on the job, Steve notes there’s been a few.

“Aside the last day of the year before Christmas?” he jokes. “Well any day’s a good day when the boys on the job are happy.”

Steve is responsible for a crew of up to 15, and brings with him 14 years worth of arboriculture supervisory experience along with his expertise as a high-risk work ticket trainer and assessor. He’s always enjoyed the outdoors environment and working in the bush. But he notes Active is a great workplace to indulge that passion.

“It’s well structured, technologically advanced, there’s a good management and they actually do care.”

As for challenges, the heat and humidity of Darwin always present a unique work environment, along with gaining access to areas in the wet.

But he wouldn’t change it for the world. Now settled in the NT he shares his outdoors enthusiasm with his sons who are mad-keen fisherman.

“We find all sort of waterholes and beaches and see stingers and sharks.”

Other than fishing, in his spare time you’ll find Steve renovating the family home at Palmerston or indulging in his hobby of woodwork.

“I enjoy carving wood. I make bowls and have given a few away and sold a few over the years.”

It’s all part of an NT adventure that’s keeps paying off.