Senior Advisor Heritage At Rio Tinto


  • Be part of creating a long-lasting positive legacy
  • Build stronger practices in Traditional Owner Engagement and Cultural Heritage Management
  • Perth based role with frequent site travel

Where we’re all welcome

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us who we are.

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, the LGBTI+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

We acknowledge that all people are different and believe that our differences are our strength. The diversity of skills, life experiences and perspectives within our team enhances our way of working and our ability to achieve success together.

About the role

Our approach to Communities and Social Performance (CSP) is to build strong partnerships based on a relationship of mutual trust and respect. This includes the way we engage with communities and the steps we take to identify and manage social, economic, environmental, cultural, and human rights impacts throughout the life cycle of our projects, from exploration, to project development, to operation and closure. We are looking for a Senior Advisor – Heritage to lead and support our heritage programs and activities with a focus on working with a particular Traditional Owner Group in the Pilbara. Setting the work plan and direction and responsible for delivering on site heritage programs and reporting to Traditional Owner Engagement Manager, you will:

  • Be part of a multi-disciplinary team of heritage, CSP and engagement leads who work collaboratively together to deliver Rio Tinto and Traditional Owner Group priorities.
  • Responsible for managing Traditional Owner engagement delivery required to secure asset development pathways – including approvals. Input into the annual planning process and asset delivery plans.
  • Lead the Traditional Owner group Heritage program
  • Prioritise workload and coordinate heritage related tasks with Stakeholders.
  • Drives standardisation of delivery and tracks compliance to procedures, standards, policies and legislative requirements.
  • Support the development of Site Heritage Advisors and Heritage Specialists.
  • Manage cultural heritage engagements and technical interactions with Traditional Owner groups related to heritage site management and project development plans
  • Lead project management and contractor management. This includes negotiation of fieldwork, onboarding and reporting.
  • Conduct all heritage related fieldwork including archaeological, ethnographic, cultural values mapping and support social surroundings work.
  • Lead the negotiation process for cultural heritage management plans and research designs.
  • Provide strategic and technical advice and guidance to internal stakeholders regarding internal heritage management processes and legal requirements
  • Have a growth mindset and connect to the Rio Tinto values of care, courage and curiosity.
  • Build relationships with Traditional Owner Groups and build an understanding of heritage site significance to Traditional Owner groups and communicate these to the business

What you’ll bring

To be successfully considered for this role, you will have:

  • A degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Heritage Management, History or equivalent
  • Technical expertise in Heritage Management, and ability to conduct fieldwork
  • Experience working with Traditional Owners, in relationship management or community engagement
  • Broad background working within Heritage Management in mining & resources, consulting, not for profit, Prescribed Body Corporations or contract management
  • Experience working within large scale studies and projects (including fieldwork) would be favourable

What we offer

  • Be recognised for your contribution, your thinking and your hard work, and go home knowing you’ve helped the world progress.
  • A work environment where safety is always the number one priority
  • A permanent position working directly for Rio Tinto
  • Full relocation provided to Western Australia from elsewhere in Australia
  • A competitive base salary reflective of your skills and experience with annual incentive bonus
  • Comprehensive medical benefits including subsidised private health insurance for employees and immediate family
  • Attractive share ownership plan
  • Company provided insurance cover
  • Extensive salary sacrifice & salary packaging options
  • Career development & education assistance to further your technical or leadership ambitions
  • Ongoing access to family-friendly health and medical wellbeing support
  • Leave for all of life’s reasons (vacation/annual, paid parental, sick leave, cultural leave)
  • To better suit different family needs, our paid parental leave approach gives all parents the option to take 18 weeks of paid leave after a new child arrives – at a time that suits them
  • Exclusive employee discounts including hotel stays, banking, accommodation, cars, retail and more.

We are committed to elevating Indigenous voices and increasing cultural knowledge in our business. Diversity of skills, life experiences and perspectives within our team enhances our way of working and our ability to achieve success together. To help you on your journey with us, you’ll also have access to:

  • Specialist Indigenous Support Advisors are always there for our Indigenous employees and available to support through any aspect of your employment
  • Indigenous leadership programmes across some professional and operational roles to ensure that we are developing Indigenous Leaders.

Who we are

Rio Tinto is a leading global mining and materials company. We operate in 35 countries where we produce iron ore, copper, aluminium, critical minerals, and other materials needed for the global energy transition and for people, communities, and nations to thrive.

We have been mining for 150 years and operate with knowledge built up across generations and continents. Our purpose is finding better ways to provide the materials the world needs – striving for innovation and continuous improvement to produce materials with low emissions and to the right environmental, social and governance standards. But we can’t do it on our own, so we’re focused on creating partnerships to solve problems, create win-win and meet opportunities.

Where you’ll be working

This role will be based in Perth, at Rio Tinto’s CBD based offices in Central Park, with frequent travel to site.

In the Pilbara region of Western Australia, we own an integrated portfolio of iron ore assets supported by functional teams in the Perth hub: a world-class, integrated network of 17 mines, four independent port terminals, a 1,700 kilometre rail network and related infrastructure – all designed to respond rapidly to changes in demand.

We are one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of iron ore.



April 2024