Anthropologist/Research Officer

NT - Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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Job Posted: 09/09/2019

Job Category:

Science & Technology / Research & Development

Job description:

Agency Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority Work Unit Research and Land Information Unit

Job Title Anthropologist/Research Officer Designation Professional 2

Job Type Full Time Duration Ongoing

Salary $84,101 - $100,856 Location Alice Springs, Darwin

Position Number 17808 RTF 173474 Closing 06/10/2019

Contact Dr Sophie Creighton on 08 8999 4331 or

Agency Information

Information for Applications must be limited to a one-page summary sheet and an attached detailed

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Information about If you accept this position, a detailed summary of your merit (including work history, experience,

Selected Applicant’s qualifications, skills, information from referees, etc.) will be provided to other applicants, to ensure

Merit transparency and better understanding of the reasons for the decision. For further information: click here

Special Measures Not Applicable to this vacancy.

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Primary Objective:

Undertake anthropological fieldwork research to meet the objectives of the Authority in accordance with the Northern Territory

Aboriginal Sacred Sites Act.

Context Statement:

The Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority is an independent statutory Authority established by the Northern Territory Aboriginal

Sacred Sites Act designed to effect a practical balance between the recognised need to preserve and enhance Aboriginal cultural

tradition in relation to certain land in the Territory and the aspirations of Aboriginal and all other peoples of the Territory for their

economic, cultural and social advancement by providing advice for the protection of sacred sites in the context of development.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Plan and undertake approved projects including anthropology fieldwork research and report writing. Projects may involve the

Registration of Sacred Sites, Authority Certificates, Site Damage Investigations or any other aspects of Authority responsibility.

2. Report consultations and otherwise document projects in writing, maps, image and audio recording via approved manner in

accordance with research policy, procedure and methods.

3. Review, revise and supplement the Authority records relating to Sacred Sites, traditions and custodians.

4. Undertake consultation to achieve a practical balance with landowners with regard to land access and landowner interests in

the context of the registration of sacred sites and other work.

5. Liaise with/between applicants, landowners and custodians regarding all facets of Authority Certificate and Sacred Site

Registration applications along with site damage matters.

Selection Criteria


1. Honours Degree (equivalent or higher) in Anthropology or equivalent discipline.

2. Independent research skills and anthropology fieldwork experience.

3. Demonstrated ability to prepare complex research reports and other documents demonstrating unbiased and

confidential practices.

4. Demonstrated high level ability in contemporary negotiation and problem solving skills, discretion, initiative,

flexibility and ability to effectively manage conflict.

5. Highly developed oral and written communication skills, including an ability to communicate complex issues to a

wide range of clients and work effectively as a member of a team.

6. Highly developed computer skills, database use and use of report writing programs.

7. Ability to undertake remote fieldwork via vehicle or charters for extended periods of time.

8. An ability to interact and work effectively with people of diverse cultures in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander groups.

9. Manual Driver’s licence.


1. Experience working with Aboriginal people and remote area fieldwork including regional specialisation and

language speaking skills.

2. Knowledge of Northern Territory political context in which the NTSSA operates.

3. Remote first aid certificate or the ability to obtain.

Further Information:

The preferred or recommended applicant with be required to obtain a working with children’s card and undergo a criminal history

check. A criminal history check will not exclude an applicant form this position unless it is relevant to the position. This position

requires remote travel via vehicle, boat or air for extended periods and at times short notice.

Approved: May 2018 Dr Ben Scambary, CEO Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority