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Senior Anthropologist (Research) – Perth

Senior Anthropologist (Research) – Perth

Application Closing Date: April 9, 2023

YMAC is currently seeking a full time (75 hours per fortnight) Senior Anthropologist to join the Research team in our Perth office on a fixed term 12-month contract (coverage for extended leave). The primary aim of this role is to provide leadership, guidance, and advice to Research and Legal staff and supervise and professionally develop staff anthropologists. You will also be required to conduct efficient and effective anthropological research and produce accurate anthropological materials as requested.

This role is based in Perth, but will require travel to regional centres and remote communities. 

Role responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Under the general direction of the Research Manager, perform anthropological research and produce various materials (including reports) as required for use in the development and progression of native title claims and/or other contexts in accordance with the Native Title Act 1993, and the Western Australian Government Connection Guidelines.
  • Support and provide advice on Return of Materials projects and processes and administrating relevant workshops.
  • Provide leadership, guidance and professional advice and support for direct report Anthropologists (including performance appraisals).
  • Advise the Research Manager on and provide input to agreements, negotiations, projects, future act matters, and other native title processes administered by YMAC.
  • Provide advice to Research and Legal staff on native title claim group issues and propose strategies for resolution.
  • Assist with the preservation of hard and soft copy Research materials (including audio visual) including indexing, archiving and filing as per conventions.
  • Provide research support under service agreements with PBCs where required.
  • Attend and present at native title claimant and common law holder meetings, and PBC board meetings including intra-state travel as required.

About You:

You’re an Anthropologist with a minimum of 5 years’ experience looking for the next step in your career from a Representative Body / Land Council. Regular travel to remote areas is either something you have experience in or you have a willingness to do so.

Selection Criteria

Qualifications & Experience

  • Tertiary qualifications in Anthropology, with Honours.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working as an anthropologist in native title or a closely related field (preferably at a Representative Body/Land Council).
  • Experience in writing high level reports (preferably in a Native Title context).
  • Experience managing and/or mentoring staff.
  • Extensive experience working with First Nations people and communities including in remote locations.
  • Current manual driver’s licence.


  • Ability to work effectively and sensitively with First Nations people.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including report writing.
  • Excellent attention to detail and analytical skills.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Ability to work cooperatively as a part of a team.
  • Ability to work in diverse settings.


  • Sound judgement.
  • Personal drive and integrity.
  • Flexibility and resilience.


  • Theory and practice of anthropology of native title and First Nations Australia.
  • Native title and Aboriginal heritage legislation.
  • Native title claim history and politics (preferably in YMAC’s RATSIB region).

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 9 April 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

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Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and custodians throughout Western Australia, and on whose Country we work. We acknowledge and respect their deep connection to their lands and waterways.

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