Researcher and Writer – Full Time Non-Ongoing- APS 4

The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial's purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war or on operational service and those who have served our nation in times of conflict. Its mission is leading remembrance and understanding of Australia’s wartime experience.

The Military History Section carries out historical research, writing, and editorial tasks to contribute to the Memorial’s reputation as Australia’s principal centre for research, knowledge, and dissemination of Australian military history.

Under direction from the Head of the Military History Section, the Researcher and Writer will perform historical and biographical research and writing tasks relating to the Memorial’s daily Last Post Ceremony. The Researcher and Writer will also contribute to Memorial publications, exhibition development and dissemination of military history.

Note: A history degree from a recognised university is highly desirable. Specialist knowledge or expertise through research and publication in major Australian conflicts would also be an advantage.

Core Responsibilities

Research and write biographical stories for the Last Post Ceremony
Undertake research and writing tasks to contribute to the Memorial’s military history magazine Wartime
Contribute to fostering of research and writing in Australian military history.
Participate in the activities of the Military History Section
Administrative duties, liaising with stakeholders, data entry, and corporate reporting.

Selection Criteria

1. Demonstrated ability and experience in researching and writing authoritative and engaging historical material for publication or display.
2. Demonstrated ability to achieve a high level of accuracy and attention to detail in researching, writing and producing military historical material.
3. High-level written and oral skills to convey complex historical material to a wide audience.
4. Appreciation of the Memorial’s corporate goals and of the discipline of Australian military history, especially as they apply to the responsibilities of this position.

The Memorial is committed to workplace diversity and maintains an environment that values the contribution of people from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. The Memorial welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, veterans, mature age people, people from diverse backgrounds and people with a disability. To be eligible for ongoing or non-ongoing employment, Australian Citizenship is required.

For further information on the position, please call the Contact Officer: Karl James, 6263 6601

To Apply

Please prepare the following documents before you start your application:

  1. A response addressing the Selection Criteria (maximum 2 pages)
  2. Current Resume

There is no ability to save your application and revisit, it must be completed in one session.

Applications should be submitted in WORD (.doc or .docx) or .PDF by Midnight (AEST) on 24 February 2021.

If you experience any problems with the application system please contact the Recruitment Team on 02 6243 4234 or email

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