Toolijooa’s over one-hundred and eighty staff members comprise a team of dedicated ecological restoration professionals who hold a common goal of wanting to contribute to the conservation and restoration of our natural heritage.

Our team members hail from a wide range of backgrounds and contribute a depth and diversity of knowledge and experience in the fields of bushland management, ecology and ecological restoration.
Our team ranges from highly qualified and experienced managers and supervisors to ecological restoration trainees.

Managing Director
Steve Anstey holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Bachelor of Science majoring in Plant Biology and Environmental Management and a Certificate in Bushland Regeneration (1995) from Macquarie University. Steve has eighteen years horticultural and fourteen years natural area management and bush regeneration experience.

General Manager
Nick Gooden holds a Bachelor of Science (Botany, Environmental & Geographical Science) (1994) from The University of Capetown, a Masters of Environmental Management (2007), from Macquarie University Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (2008) and Certificate III (2003) in Bushland Regeneration.
Nick has five years of natural area management experience in South Africa and ten years bush regeneration experience in Australia. He started as a Trainee Bush Regenerator with the company in 2002 and after almost six years as a Project Manager was appointed as General Manager in late 2009.

Special Projects Manager
Rob Laird holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Land and Water) at Charles Sturt University,
a Certificate IV in Horticulture (Parks and Gardens), has eight years landscaping and six years bush regeneration experience, including over nine years as a Special Projects Manager for the company.

Nursery Manager   
Ian Bowie has been Toolijooa’s Nursery Manager since 2001. Ian has twenty years nursery trade experience and has spent the last fifteen years collecting provenance seed and producing plants for restoration projects. Ian is a Florabank Trained Seed Professional and a Certified Nursery Professional with the Nursery Industry Association NSW.

Project Managers
Toolijooa's project teams are led and coordinated by dedicated department and region Project Managers
to ensure delivery of quality services and outcomes. Toolijooa’s highly qualified and experienced team of Project Managers are pivotal to the company’s structure and efficient operation. Each Project Manager coordinates and oversees all aspects of operation within each of Toolijooa’s regions / departments including:

  • client liaison and management,
  • human resources management,
  • contract management,
  • occupational health and safety management,
  • tendering.

Our Project Managers provided a single point of contact for our clients and ensure proper allocation of resources to each of our projects, allowing our Site Supervisors to focus upon day-to-day site management.

Eastern Sydney Bush Regeneration – Project Manager
Tim Davis holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Resources Management) and Certificates
II & IV in Natural Area Restoration. Tim has twelve years experience in horticulture, ten years in bush regeneration and six years as a Project Management with Toolijooa.

Western Sydney Bush Regeneration – Project Manager
Dominic Noonan holds a Bachelor or Applied Science (Environmental Management & Tourism) from
UWS Hawkesbury and Certificates III & IV in Natural Area Restoration. Dominic has seven years bush regeneration experience including three years as Project Officer assisting the Project Manager and three years as a Project Manager.

Southern Sydney Bush Regeneration – Project Manager
Daryl Wells holds Bush Regeneration Certificate II (1997), Natural Area Restoration Certificate III (2003), a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management – Natural Area Restoration and Management (2008) and Training and Assessment Certificate III (2009). Daryl has accumulated fourteen years of bush regeneration experience, including being awarded “Catchment Leader of the Year” in 1998 by the Hawkesbury-Nepean CMC, and joined Toolijooa early in 2009 in his current position.

Special Projects – Project Manager (Sydney)
Ryan Mandell holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Biology) from the University of Technology, Sydney. Ryan has five years experience in landscaping and ten years experience in bush regeneration, including six years as a Project Manager.

Special Projects – Project Manager (Sydney)
Richard Arbon holds a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management. Richard has 3 years of experience in various roles within the Landscape Industry as well as over 7 years in the field of Bush Regeneration including 5 years as a Site Supervisor and 1.5 years as a Project Officer.

Special Projects – Project Manager (Hunter, Newcastle and Central Coast Regions)
Chris Whackett has completed a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management from RMIT in Melbourne. Chris has over 9 years NRM experience throughout NSW and Victoria. He has taken on a variety of roles in the industry, including 5 years as a bush regenerator, 2 years as a Site Supervisor and 2 years as a Project Officer. Chris has been with Toolijooa for 4.5 years.

Site Supervisors and Field Crews
Toolijooa’s Site Supervisors are the cornerstone of the company's success and are selected for their experience, knowledge, professionalism, excellence and reliability in delivering the highest of standards
at all times. All possess minimum qualifications of Conservation and Land Management (Natural Area Management) Certificate III or equivalent.

Toolijooa’s Bushland Regenerators are qualified with Conservation and Land Management (Natural Area Management) Certificate III or equivalent, or are presently completing this qualification under our trainee scheme.

At Toolijooa we place a strong emphasis on career advancement for all our employees, building skills, knowledge and experience within our staff to facilitate progression to higher levels of responsibility within the company. This, along with our competitive salaries, has led to Toolijooa’s high staff retention rates within an otherwise typically transient industry workforce.

If you are interested in employment with Toolijooa Environmental Restoration go to the Employment section of this website.