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Linguist: WM PALC South Hedland
Monday, 17th of June 2019

Linguist: Wangka Maya PALC South Hedland

Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre was established in 1987 and is located in South Hedland which is the focus of a dynamic remote mining area of Western Australia. The organisation is a specialist in the field of Aboriginal Language services. The successful candidate/s will enjoy working as part of a dedicated team, with the added satisfaction of working for an organisation committed to the maintenance and preservation of Pilbara Aboriginal Languages.


Job description

WMPALC is looking for a linguist to provide Aboriginal language services in the Pilbara region. This position will require an organised yet innovative approach to language and linguistic services including documentation, revitalisation and archival management of a unique collection of Pilbara Aboriginal Language material. The focus will be on delivering a range of specialist services in sociolinguist research, language dictionaries and general linguistic services to the Pilbara region



Skill Level

  • A recognised bachelor degree or higher qualification in linguistics
  • Demonstrated ability to translate, interpret and analyse two or more languages
  • At least 1-year experience as a researcher and relevant experience
  • Comfortable providing presentations and working with small and large groups
  • Sound knowledge of IT and ability to provide direction on technical matters


Tasks Include:

Entering historical and linguistic data to the Wangka Maya database.


Organising, authenticating, evaluating and interpreting historical, political, sociological, anthropological and linguistic data.


Undertaking historical and cultural research into Pilbara Aboriginal Languages, and preparing and presenting research findings.


Providing and preparing translation and interpreter services from Aboriginal Languages to English and vice versa.


Studying original texts and transcripts of recorded spoken material to comprehend subject matter and translating them into written Aboriginal language and English.


Rendering the meaning and feeling of written material, such as literary, legal, technical and scientific texts, into another language in the appropriate register and style, so that it will read as an original piece rather than as a translation.


The salary component of the remuneration is in the range of $70,000 to $76,000 depending on experience. Subsided Housing is provided with the position.  


This position is available on a full-time basis.


Please download our application pack below or contact Ms. Eugenia Gray on admin@wangkamaya.org.au  PH: 08 91722344


Note: Applications must be recieved by Monday 29th July 2019 


Download Application Forms and Information below.