Cultural Heritage & Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer

Havieron Operation, WA, Australia
Sep 08, 2020
Sep 17, 2020
Work Term
Work Load
Full Time
Experience a connection with us at Newcrest

Our history is a big part of who we are today. Our experience in the exploration, discovery, development and operation of gold mines has driven our growth globally and delivered competitive shareholder returns. Situated 45 km's from our Telfer site in the Paterson Province, Havieron presents a unique opportunity to be part of a project at an exploration phase and work closely with the Martu and Pilbara regional communities to ensure responsible mining.

Newcrest acknowledges the Martu People past, present and emerging as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we work. We respect and value the importance of preserving their cultures and customs.

Operations near and far

Located in the Great Sandy Desert in Eastern Pilbara, Telfer is a fly in out fly out operation from Perth which recognizes the importance of work-life balance. Our comfortable, well furnished rooms include Foxtel, and our site offers quality food with healthy options, medical care, sports and recreation activities. Families are welcomed several times a year to open days to support our community feel at Telfer.

Newcrest's Telfer operation is situated in the traditional lands of the Martu people and is located in the Pilbara region, approximately 400 kilometres east-south-east of Port Headland and 1,300 kilometres by air or 1,900 kilometres by road from Perth.

Who we are looking for

The Havieron Project has shown outstanding drilling results to date. To support the ongoing exploration drilling and studies towards early development options, we are looking to recruit a Cultural Heritage & Aboriginal Liaison Officer to promote understanding of Indigenous cultural heritage amongst the Havieron workforce. You will be responsible for delivering a range of outcomes as specified in the Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) between Telfer and the Western Desert Land Aboriginal Corporation (WDLAC). This includes cultural heritage surveys and associated reporting, cultural awareness training, Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander employee support and business development programs.

Applications from Australian Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islanders and the Indigenous Martu communities is highly encouraged, due to your understanding of the cultural heritage that is pivotal to engaging effectively with the WDLAC and Traditional Owners.

Other key deliverables will include:
  • Record all engagements and stakeholder details in Newcrest's data management system Borealis
  • Adhere to existing cultural heritage procedures and identify improvement opportunities
  • Support and organise visits to Havieron by internal and external visitors as required, including Martu cultural heritage survey teams and associated specialists
  • Identify employment, training and business development opportunities for Indigenous Peoples related to the Havieron project

To succeed in this role, you will be an organised and culturally sensitive professional with proven experience of working with Indigenous communities in WA; experience working with the native Martu community being ideal. As an effective communicator, you will look to ensure that Aboriginal-Indigenous perspectives are seamlessly embedded into the company culture, thereby delivering desired outcomes. As the role engages a wide range of stakeholders to ensure robust social performance across the Havieron Project, your time will be split between the Havieron Camp, Telfer Community Relations Office and out on the field.

In addition to the above key skills, you will also ideally have:
  • Relevant qualification in Anthropology, Environmental Science, Community Relations or equivalent industry experience
  • Previous experience in mining or related industry along with demonstrated involvement in cultural heritage work in WA
  • Good understanding and experience of managing logistics to deliver Indigenous cultural heritage requirements
  • Skilled in the use of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • An uncompromised safety focus; exceptional coordination and problem-solving capabilities
  • Good level of fitness and be comfortable working in warm conditions

Please note: This is a Fixed-Term Contract until September 2021 that will work on a FIFO (8/6) roster, flying out of Perth. Candidates will reside in Telfer Village.

Our commitment to you

Ownership is part of how we work. You will be part of a high-performance culture that is building our future. While structure and processes guide how we work, we continue to find opportunities to be nimble and collaborative.

Newcrest is also committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. Our strategic focus is on gender diversity and diversity to reflect the communities in which we operate. We recognise that our different backgrounds and perspectives help us find better ways to: solve problems; attract and retain the best people; explore, develop and produce more gold safely and profitably; and help make Newcrest a better place to work. Creating an inclusive culture will enable us to leverage the richness across our workforce and the capability of our employees to get better business outcomes.

If you are seeking a new career challenge, where you can transfer your existing skills, into a positive and empowering team environment, we'd love to hear from you!

At this stage, we are not accepting any external agency CVs for the opportunity.

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