Anthropologist – Perth
YMAC’s Country and Culture Services (C&C) team provides Heritage, Social Surrounds and Land & Sea Management services to PBC’s in the management of their Country and Culture. This includes the establishment and management of Aboriginal Ranger programs and Indigenous Protected Areas, whole-of-Country planning and support to Land & Sea Management activities. YMAC’s C&C is a skilled and coordinated team of archaeologists, anthropologists, environmental scientists, land and sea management specialists, ranger coordinators, managers and administrators. We are intent of providing both high quality services and an enjoyable rewarding work environment and experiences in which to grow and consolidate expertise and contribute to the ongoing empowerment of our clients – Aboriginal communities and organisations throughout the Yamatji and Pilbara regions.
YMAC is currently seeking a full time (75 hours per fortnight) Anthropologist to join the team in our Perth office on a fixed term 12-month contract. Supporting the Heritage Manager and the Heritage team, you will assist in the planning and undertaking of heritage surveys to protect our native title clients’ heritage, whilst liaising regularly with and seeking instruction from native title groups on the conduct of such surveys.
This role is based in Perth, but will require travel to regional centres and remote communities.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Undertake archaeological consultations in relation to Cultural Heritage surveys, Social Surrounds, Cultural Mapping, and other contexts, as required by the Heritage Manager and/or Country & Culture Services Manager.
- Liaise with appropriate Traditional Owner representatives regarding archaeological consultations, including Cultural Heritage survey information and logistics.
- Liaise with Government and Non-Government proponents, developers or nature conservation agencies to negotiate the conduct of Cultural Heritage surveys, Social Surrounds Consultations, Cultural Mapping, or other services as required.
- Undertake Cultural Heritage surveys, Social Surrounds Consultations, and Cultural Mapping arrangements as required by the Heritage Manager and/or Country & Culture Services Manager.
- Lead fieldwork and/or assist with fieldwork logistics as required.
You will be able to demonstrate at least three (3) years’ Heritage Survey experience, with a focus on Western Australia, and regular travel to remote areas is either something you have experience in or you have a willingness to do so.
Qualifications & Experience
- Three (3) years’ Heritage Survey experience with a focus on Western Australia
- Tertiary qualification in Anthropology (with Honours) required.
- A current Australian manual driver’s licence required, 4WD and First Aid Certification desirable.
- Prior experience leading heritage survey teams and undertake heritage surveys independently if required.
- Prior experience working directly with communities, and to communicate clearly and effectively.
- Prior experience working directly with First Nations people in a culturally appropriate manner
- Experience identifying and analysing cultural, social, aesthetic and economic values and potential impacts in a Social Surroundings framework is desirable.
- Good organisational and time management skills
- Proven capacity to work autonomously, determine priorities, and deal with competing demands within limited time frames
- The ability to exercise sound judgement, initiative, and an innovative approach to problem solving
- Ability to work under pressure in an often challenging environment
- Personal drive, integrity and excellent communication skills
- Ability to work with Government and non-government organisations in exploration and resource extraction, infrastructure and other development contexts
- Understanding of First Nations issues, particularly those to do with heritage, native title, and other land matters is highly desirable.
- Theory and practice of anthropology of native title and First Nations Australia.
- Knowledge of Native Title and Aboriginal Heritage legislation
- Knowledge of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EPA) to the extent that physical protection of the environment is required to protect social and cultural significance is desirable.
- Occupational Health & Safety legislation and requirements
How to Apply:
Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and values inclusion and diversity in all forms including, but not limited to: genders, cultural backgrounds, LGBTQ+, disability & neurodiversity. We strongly encourage First Nations candidates to apply.
To apply for this role, which has a generous range of benefits including: salary packaging; flexible working arrangements; and, but not limited to, an extra week’s paid leave over Christmas shutdown, please submit your CV and cover letter addressing the above selection criteria via Seek.
A current National Police Clearance is required prior to commencement of employment with YMAC.
Applications for this position close on Sunday, 15 January 2023, however applications will be reviewed as they are received.
If you have any questions relating to this opportunity, please call Samantha Rystenberg, People and Development Officer on (08) 9268 7000 or email email@example.com.
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