Cultural Heritage Officer

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Fixed Term Contract
Melbourne - Docklands
Environment, Property, Planning, Project Management

Our Organisation

We love water and love life. What we do makes a vital contribution to Melbourne’s famous lifestyle. We achieve this by supplying high quality drinking water, providing outstanding sewerage services, integrating drainage systems, building resilience to flooding and by enhancing our waterway and land for greater community use. It’s a pride we share in helping to make greater Melbourne a fantastic place to live.

Reporting to the Principal Cultural Heritage you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference and add to our work environment, within a place where you can learn and perform to your fullest potential.

The Role

As the Cultural Heritage Officer you’ll be responsible for working with and supporting a team to assist with the CAPEX/OPEX programs, while strengthening the capability and capacity of the organisation to integrate cultural heritage management across business operations.

This role will be two days per week for a period of 12 months on a fixed term contract.

Some key responsibilities will include;

  • Providing accurate advice concerning the management of Aboriginal cultural heritage resources by maintaining accurate project records including updating and managing relevant project information concerning advice tendered, including Cultural Heritage Management Plans and cultural heritage permits.
  • Assisting in the development of guidelines, systems, processes, and procedures to ensure a consistent and integrated approach to cultural heritage management.

Make an Impact

Become part of a talented and passionate team dedicated to enhancing life and liveability in Melbourne and beyond. Doing truly meaningful work in a supportive and inclusive culture that encourages you to make the most of your talents.

We provide a range of employee benefits that will make your experience working at Melbourne Water both professionally and personally rewarding.


Melbourne Water is committed to flexible working. We offer a variety of flexible arrangements to suit our employees varied needs and the business, including purchased leave, varied start and finish times, working from alternative locations, part time work and 9-day fortnights. We understand that Melbourne Water and our customers benefit from enabling our employees to achieve balance in work and life.

Growth & Development

We’re a curious bunch at Melbourne Water and relish any opportunity to learn something new. We are in the business of enhancing life and liveability, which lends itself to re-imagining what’s possible and challenging the status quo. We offer a variety of learning opportunities; from formal development programs, digital learning content and lunch & learns; to visiting our sites and getting to see our initiatives and projects first hand. We believe that learning happens every day, so we support our people to continuously learn and experiment in the flow of their work, designing their own development path.


Our people are passionate, welcoming and inclusive. We welcome applications from everyone, including people with disability, mature age and young job seekers, members of the LGBTI+ community, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Melbourne Water welcomes and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Your Skills and Experience

  • Sound knowledge of the Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Act (2016) and Regulations (2018), the Heritage Act 2017 and cultural heritage management principles.
  • Sound knowledge of Aboriginal cultural heritage management issues relevant to south-eastern Australia and a demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal people.
  • Knowledge and experience in water industry operations, particularly in relation to Natural Resource Management and Civil Works would be desirable;
  • Proven project management skills in managing multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to provide sound advice to customers in an engaging and timely manner especially experience with Traditional Owner Groups.

Your ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders is required together with a relevant tertiary qualification in archaeology, cultural management, planning, environmental or natural resource management.

For more information, please see the attached Position Description: Download File Cultural Heritage Advisor_PD_Final.pdf

How to apply

Click on the "apply" button and complete the online application form.

Closing date: Wednesday 4th August 2021 at 11:55pm AEST

Please note a Police Check / Health Assessment with a full Victorian drivers license is required for this position.

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