Country, Culture, People, Future

Senior Archaeologist / Senior Anthropologist – Perth

Senior Archaeologist / Senior Anthropologist – Perth

Application Closing Date: August 4, 2024

About the Organisation:

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) is the Native Title Representative Body (NTRB), delivering native title and other services across the Pilbara, Mid West, Murchison and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia. YMAC is run by a First Nations board of directors, representing several native title groups, each of whom have their own language, culture, traditions and protocols.

YMAC services include native title claim and future act representation; heritage services; executive office, community, and economic development assistance; land administration, and natural resource management support.

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

Our Vision:

Through connection to Country, Aboriginal people pursue and achieve economic, social, and cultural goals and aspirations with strength and confidence.

Our Mission:

For current and future generations, we work with and for Australian Aboriginal people to protect rights and manage Country and opportunities.

About the Role:

YMAC’s Research, Country and Culture Services (RC&CS) team provides Research, Heritage, Social Surrounds and Land & Sea Management services to PBC’s and Traditional Owners in the management of their Country and Culture. YMAC’s RC&CS is a skilled and coordinated team of archaeologists, anthropologists, environmental scientists, land and sea management specialists, ranger coordinators, managers and administrators who 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) Senior Archaeologist or Senior Anthropologist to join the team in our Perth office on a permanent contract. Reporting to the Heritage Manager and supporting the Heritage team, your role is to provide high level advice to native title groups on key Heritage issues, and provide support and direction as Team Lead to a small team of Heritage professionals. Lead heritage surveys and attend other relevant consultations to protect YMAC’s native title clients’ heritage, and to liaise regularly with native title groups on the conduct of such surveys and consultations.

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.

About You

You will be able to demonstrate at least five (5) years’ Heritage Survey experience, with a focus on remote Western Australia. You will also have prior experience leading heritage survey teams and undertaking heritage surveys independently.

What YMAC Offers

YMAC believes in providing a safe and supportive working environment, and the best way to do that is to ensure our employees are well-looked after. YMAC provides the following in addition to your standard employee experience:

If you’d like to know more, our Enterprise Agreement can be found here.

Selection Criteria

Qualifications & Experience


Desired Knowledge

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, 4 August 2024, however applications will be reviewed as they are received.

If you have any questions relating to this opportunity, please call the People & Development Team 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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