We are currently advertising the following position. 


Coast History & Heritage (‘Coast’) is a Sydney-based consultancy specialising in Aboriginal and European cultural heritage management and Aboriginal history research. We work thoroughly and ethically to go beyond simple compliance, and also seek to promote Aboriginal heritage and history to broader audiences. Our range of services involves the delivery of Aboriginal heritage consulting services to private and public sector clients, including advice, assessment, excavation and strategic planning.

We are looking for a passionate and experienced heritage consultant who shares our vision, and who can help us expand our capacity to deliver quality heritage management advice and assessment.

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • To work collaboratively with Coast Director Dr Paul Irish to manage and deliver Aboriginal heritage projects as part of a small but focussed team.

  • To work respectfully with Aboriginal community members, and to oversee consultation in accordance with current Office of Environment & Heritage regulation and policy.

  • To undertake surveys of a broad range of property sizes and locations, and assess their Aboriginal heritage potential.

  • To direct and deliver archaeological test and salvage excavations.

  • To prepare archaeological assessment and excavation reports as appropriate for the type of project, including Due Diligence Aboriginal heritage assessment reports and Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment Reports.

  • To attend project meetings as required.

  • To commit to the delivery of projects within accepted timeframes.

  • To work productively and respectfully with other Coast employees and associates.

  • To comply with relevant work practices, statutory requirements and quality standards as set by the Business.

  • Enhance and promote the image and reputation of the Business within the profession, amongst our clients and throughout the community at large.

  • Contribute ideas, suggestions and energy to the ongoing development of the Business and the promotion of history and heritage to broader audiences.

Skills & Experience - ESSENTIAL

  • Archaeology Honours degree or equivalent.

  • 5 – 10 years industry experience in all aspects of Aboriginal heritage management in NSW.

  • Excellent understanding of relevant NSW heritage and planning legislation and policy relating to Aboriginal heritage.

  • Demonstrated skills in engaging effectively and respectfully with Aboriginal communities.

  • Demonstrated project management skills, ability to work independently and ability to supervise other archaeologists.

  • Demonstrated strong fieldwork skills including all aspects of archaeological excavation and recording.

  • Demonstrated strong report writing skills for both assessments and excavations.

  • Willingness to deliver quality work with attention to detail, and be involved in activities beyond strict compliance heritage.

  • Highly organised and systematic, and able to meet deadlines.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel).

  • Manual driver’s licence and construction industry ‘white card’.

Skills & Experience - DESIRED

  • GIS mapping skills.

  • Specialist analysis expertise (e.g. stone artefact analysis, faunal analysis).

  • Experience in data management.


Salary and Conditions


Salary commensurate with experience. The position is full-time and based at our office (Suite 9-10, 136 Marrickville Road, Marrickville), with most projects located in the Sydney region. Some flexible work arrangements can be considered.

If interested, contact Coast Director Paul Irish directly on 0418 450 490 / Please note that applications received via recruitment agencies will not be considered.