Cultural Heritage Team Leader

Date:  18 Jun 2024

Brisbane, Virginia, QLD, AU

Work type:  Permanent - Full Time
Category:  Professional services
Req ID:  7433

At Powerlink, every possibility starts with you


We believe life’s about possibilities. And so is the future. That’s why we need you.


We’re working at the heart of Queensland’s energy transformation. Now more than ever, we need people who want to help us deliver a world-class energy future and ensure we continue to navigate through this once in a generation energy challenge. Join us and make it happen.

Life at Powerlink


As the Cultural Heritage Team Leader, you’ll help us connect a more sustainable energy future for more than five million Queenslanders and 253,000 businesses. Your work with us is about every light turned on, every community connected, and every future made possible


  • Free secure parking, with access to onsite charging stations for electric vehicles
  • Onsite cafeteria and onsite gym facility
  • Additional leave purchasing 
  • 14 weeks paid parental leave – at full or half pay  
  • Hybrid, family-friendly and flexible working arrangements including substitution of public holidays.
  • 14.75% superannuation and salary packaging of novated lease vehicles
  • Health & wellbeing benefits, including corporate health plan with employee discounts, annual flu vaccinations.
  • Robust leadership development through integrated programs, fostering growth across all levels.


Find a career that matters and lasts


As the Cultural Heritage Team Leader, you'll lead a team responsible for managing cultural heritage functions across Powerlink's operations in accordance with organisational policies and legislative requirements. This role involves leading the development and implementation of Cultural Heritage Management Plans and Agreements, and ensuring cultural heritage considerations are integrated throughout all phases of network development, construction and maintenance activities. You will also:


  • Lead a team of professionals dedicated to cultural heritage functions, providing coaching, mentoring, and strategic guidance to internal stakeholders.
  • Assess all Powerlink projects for cultural heritage risks and ensure compliance with policies and legislative requirements.
  • Foster respectful and cooperative relationships with Traditional Owners and their representatives, supporting Powerlink’s Cultural Heritage Framework.
  • Collaborate with project teams to ensure timely integration of cultural heritage management requirements within project scopes and budgets.
  • Utilize negotiation skills to address critical cultural heritage issues with stakeholders.
  • Facilitate understanding of cultural heritage values and requirements through effective communication and engagement strategies.
  • Develop standards, procedures, and guidelines to support cultural heritage management across Powerlink.


The community you will join


Our team is built on strong relationships, both internally and externally, fostering collaboration and mutual benefit. You'll have the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of stakeholders, including Traditional Owners and First Nations organisations, contributing to meaningful partnerships that drive positive change. Together, we work towards a shared vision of creating a brighter, more connected future for Queensland, guided by principles of reconciliation and sustainability.


Your expertise



  • Degree or equivalent qualification in archaeology, anthropology, cultural heritage management, or related discipline.
  • Considerable experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Owners and their representative bodies.
  • Demonstrated ability to build long-term relationships, liaise, negotiate and effectively address and resolve risks and issues with Traditional Owners, their advisors and representatives on behalf of an organisation.
  • Ability to develop and implement cultural heritage, communication and/or stakeholder engagement strategies and plans.
  • Demonstrated strong ability to understand cultural heritage issues and legislation relevant to development and operation linear infrastructure (e.g. route investigation, selection and acquisition, construction, or maintenance processes) in order to resolve concerns raised by Traditional Owners and/or other relevant stakeholders. 

Be the start of every possibility


To kick start your career at Powerlink, apply by clicking the button above, attaching your resume and cover letter on our careers page before midnight on Sunday 14th July 2024. Kindly be aware that the Recruitment team will commence the review process during this period.

There’s lots to love about a career with Powerlink. But our people say there’s three things that really stand out: 

  • A career that matters and lasts: You’ll shape a progressive career connecting more than five million Queenslanders to a world-class, clean energy future.
  • Unique work and the chance to grow: You’ll help find smart solutions to interesting problems as you develop your skills and impact every day.
  • People who love to support and share: You’ll build relationships with experienced, down-to-earth people who you’ll be proud to work with.

For all enquiries, contact our recruitment team at


Our commitment to inclusion and belonging


At Powerlink, we champion inclusion and belonging by supporting every candidate during the recruitment journey. Please inform us of any needs or adjustments for a more inclusive process, including sharing your preferred pronouns. We are committed to First Nations inclusion and welcome individuals from First Nations communities. We strive to create an environment where all voices are heard and respected, and where diversity is celebrated.

Successful applicants will undergo necessary pre-employment checks. As advocates of the Circle Back initiative, we pledge to respond to all applications promptly.