Research Assistant – Heritage – 12 month contract position (Newcastle).

Biosis Pty Ltd, a leader in ecology and heritage consulting, is seeking to appoint a full-time Research Assistant (Archaeology/Heritage, Graduate level) for 12 months ideally in our Newcastle, New South Wales offices. This is an excellent opportunity to join a leading consultancy which provides ecological, heritage and environmental approval services throughout south-eastern Australia.  

Biosis employs a highly experienced multi-disciplinary team that includes archaeologists, aquatic ecologists, botanists, GIS Operators and zoologists. We have offices in Albury, Ballarat, Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney, Wangaratta and Wollongong.

Working closely with our multi-disciplinary team of professionals, you will become an integral member of the heritage team in NSW, a key contributor to existing and future projects throughout NSW, and a driver for the development of our heritage capabilities in the region.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual who will be working with our consulting team to provide essential logistical, research and administrative support. This opportunity will develop your knowledge within the archaeological consulting industry whilst supporting our NSW heritage team. You will have the opportunity to work in a range of natural environments with a diverse range of clients.

As a Research Assistant with Biosis you will be provided with ample opportunity to participate and gain practical experience in archaeological field methods, technical reporting, Aboriginal community consultation, and project management. Our Consultant Development Program will ensure you receive mentoring and support from a senior member of staff.  

 To be considered for this role, candidates must satisfy the following key selection criteria:

  • Appropriate tertiary qualifications in archaeology.
  • Understanding of field investigation, excavation and report writing techniques.
  • Understanding of Commonwealth and State legislation with regard to archaeology.
  • Well organised and a clear proactive communicator.
  • A practical problem solver who can think on their feet.
  • Self-motivated with strong time management skills.
  • Proficient with technology and experienced in the use of Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • A current manual driver’s license.

Desirable selection criteria

  • Artefact analysis skills (Aboriginal and/or historical)
  • Experience working with Aboriginal communities
  • Willingness to work in remote locations

Biosis offers the security of an established firm with support services in WHS and accounts, an experienced team in ecological assessment and a supportive work culture. We will provide the successful applicant with a competitive salary package consisting of base plus super, professional membership and conference allowance if required, plus a wide range of employment benefits. We will offer a competitive salary commensurate with the level of experience of the successful applicant.

As a Biosis employee, you’ll be rewarded with our added employee benefits, including:

  • Employee reward and recognition program
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Mentoring and training program
  • Study assistance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Social activities
  • Internal job opportunities throughout Australia.

As part of the Newcastle office you’ll be located in one of NSW’s premier regional centres with all of the services of a big city but with affordable housing, short commuting times and a relaxed lifestyle. You will have the opportunity to work in a range of natural environments with a diverse client list.

How to apply:

For more information, contact Desi Day on 0488 900 431. 

To apply, forward a copy of your CV and a covering letter addressing the selection criteria, to: Desi Day at


Position Description

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Applications will close at 9am on Friday 29 March 2019.

Please note: Australian residents / work permits only.