Country, Culture, People, Future

Senior Archaeologist – Perth

Senior Archaeologist – Perth

Application Closing Date: June 11, 2023

YMAC is currently seeking a full time (75 hours per fortnight) Senior Archaeologist to join the team in our Perth office on a permanent contract. Supporting the Heritage Manager and the Heritage team, your role is to plan and undertake heritage surveys to protect our Native Title clients’ heritage, and to liaise regularly with and seek 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. We are also open to considering regional applicants to be based out of our regional offices.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Undertake archaeological field investigations in relation to Cultural Heritage surveys, Social Surrounds consultations, Cultural Mapping, Site Recording, Monitoring and other projects, as required by the line manager.
  • Liaise with appropriate Traditional Owner representatives regarding heritage survey information and logistics.
  • Liaise with Government and Non-Government proponents to negotiate the conduct of heritage services as required.
  • Participate in Social Surroundings projects through the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EPA) as necessary and assist with the identification, documentation and analysis of potential impacts.
  • Provide support to Traditional Owners in the formulation of recommendations regarding impacts, cumulative impacts, and mitigation strategies in the Social Surrounds framework.
  • Lead fieldwork and/or assist with fieldwork logistics as required.
  • Provide leadership, guidance and professional advice and support for Heritage staff including supervising a small team of Heritage Officers/Archaeologists/Anthropologists.

About You

You will be able to demonstrate at least five (5) 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.

Selection Criteria

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Five (5) years’ Heritage Survey experience with a focus on Western Australia.
  • Experience managing and/or mentoring staff (desirable).
  • Tertiary qualification in Archaeology (with Honours) required. A secondary qualification in Anthropology will be looked upon favourably.
  • 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.

Desired Knowledge:

  • 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 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander candidates to apply.

To apply for this role, which has a generous range of benefits including, but not limited to: salary packaging; flexible working arrangements; and 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 11 June 2023, however applications will be reviewed as they are received.

If you have any questions relating to this opportunity, please contact Samantha Rystenberg, People and Development Officer on (08) 9268 7000 or email

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Country is our mother, the provider and keeper of cultural belongings. Country and Culture go together. You can’t have one without the other.

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.

We honour and pay respect to Elders, and to their ancestors who survived and cared for Country.

Our offices are located on Whadjuk Country, Southern Yamatji Country, Yinggarda Country, Kariyarra Country, and Yawuru Country. We recognise the continuing culture, traditions, stories and living cultures on these lands and commit to building a brighter future together.

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