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Senior Historical Archaeology Officer (EO9 level) Specialist Services Team in Heritage, Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) NSW.

Job Title: Senior Historical Archaeology Officer 
Job Grade / Classification: Environment Officer Class 9 

Employment Type: Temporary, Full-Time upto 12 months 

Location: Parramatta

The Opportunity:

In your new role as a Senior Historical Archaeology Officer, you will be contributing to the implementation of the Government’s heritage policy objectives and statutory requirements for heritage conservation within NSW and provide professional, archaeologically focused advice on diverse heritage and conservation issues to various key stakeholders.

In this role, you will:
  • Accurately analyse and prepare statutory approvals including recommendations on applications under the Heritage Act 1977 for archaeological sites, within statutory timeframes.
  • Provide clear outcomes for approvals advising if applications have met requirements and/or if changes need to be made.
  • Conduct Archaeological site visits when required
  • Deliver high quality customer service as a subject matter expert responding to requests for advice from both internal and external stakeholders on best practice management and conservation of archaeological heritage sites and ‘relics’.
  • Draft and present reports, briefing notes, correspondence and Heritage Council documents on heritage issues that may be contentious or politically sensitive.


About you:

To be successful in this role, you will be able to work in a dynamic and fast paced environment and having excellent prioritisation skills to meet statutory timeframes. You enjoy being challenged with high workloads and are able to manage competing priorities.

You are the subject matter expert in the Archaeology space.  Your strong ability to collaborate with others and provide quality customer service and accurate advice will be highly valued.

You will be working with other team members that share a passion and interest in the history of the past. Your experience in historical research for NSW and positive attitude will make you fit comfortably in the team.

Your knowledge and experience with the Microsoft Suite such as Word and Excel is also desired.


Essential Requirements:

  • Tertiary qualifications in archaeology or equivalent or relevant practical experience, and accumulated knowledge and interest in heritage conservation; in particular, historical archaeology.
  • Experience in, and understanding of, the archaeological assessment process and experience in developing and implementing management strategies for archaeological sites.


Agency overview:

The NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) is the lead central agency in the NSW Government.


We support the Premier and the Special Minister of State, the Cabinet, Ministers and agencies by coordinating policies and services across government. We lead policy development, provide innovative ideas and support Government plans and projects.


Working with us will give you a broad overview in areas such as public policy formulation, public administration and state administrative matters and an opportunity to be involved in a range of state-wide policies, issues and projects.


Please read the following documents prior to preparing you for application:



Good to know:

A Recruitment Pool may be established for future roles with similar focus capabilities. The Recruitment Pool may be available to hiring managers from Planning and Environment Cluster and other NSW Public Sector agencies over a 12-month period. 


Our commitment to diversity and flexibility:

At DPC we endeavor to make roles flexible. While this role is advertised as full time, we will consider requests to undertake the work on a flexible part-time or job share basis.


DPC is a White Ribbon accredited organisation and is committed to ensuring the sector reflects the NSW community it serves. Diverse workforces are more innovative, productive and increase the delivery of high-quality services. We welcome and encourage applications from diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTI+, people with disability, other diversity groups, and women.


To Apply: 

  1. Submit a cover letter (maximum two pages).
  2. Submit an up-to-date resume which clearly details your relevant skills and experience.
  3. Attach your responses to the two targeted questions below:-


Q1.  Describe a time when your manager asked you to do something that you didn’t think was appropriate. How did you respond? What was the outcome?

Q2. Give an example of a time when you were working on a project and had difficulty getting cooperation from another group that was vital to the completion of the project. How did you go about requesting the assistance? What was the outcome?


The information provided in your application needs to show how you meet the focus capabilities and other essential requirements of the role. (Refer to the role description for details about the capabilities and the associated behavioural indicators. The role description also lists the essential role requirements.)


Applications Close:  Wednesday, 25th September 2019 (11:59 AM)


Should you require further information about the role please contact; Siobhan Lavelle on (02) 9873 8546 or If you have any enquiries regarding the recruitment process, please contact Andrew Vouthivong at