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He kōpapa taonga, he pātaka korero, hei kai mā Waitaha, hei kai mā te ao

A storehouse of treasures, a repository of knowledge for Canterbury and for the world

Ā Mātou Mahi | What We Do

Canterbury Museum is a charitable trust governed by the Canterbury Museum Trust Board. It opened to the public in 1867 and has been on Rolleston Avenue since 1870. The Museum closed to the public in early 2023 and is currently undergoing redevelopment. A pop-up Museum – Canterbury Museum at CoCA – opens at 66 Gloucester Street in mid-2023.

The Museum acquires and cares for worldwide collections of human and natural history, with a focus on the Ngāi Tahu rohe, Waitaha Canterbury and the Antarctic. Before closing for redevelopment, the Museum was one of the premier tourist attractions in Te Waipounamu (South Island). It welcomed several hundred thousand visitors each year to explore the diversity of the natural world and Aotearoa New Zealand’s cultural heritage, while also providing a window on the rest of the world.

Canterbury Museum also owns and operates Quake City, and Ravenscar House Museum.

The Museum aims to:

Ō Mātou Tikanga | The Values We Live By

Ngā Tohu Hākori | Bicultural Competencies

Canterbury Museum is committed to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Our work with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu serving the Waitaha Canterbury region reflects this.

Canterbury Museum staff, research fellows, volunteers, board and contractors are expected to:

Tūnga Whāinga | Position Purpose

This role exists to provide conservation support and strategy for the Museum redevelopment, including conserving objects for display in the redeveloped Museum and in providing care for objects at the temporary storage and exhibition sites.

Applications are invited by letter with attached Curriculum Vitae. The letter should include your own assessment of your suitability for the position and an indication of when you are free to take up duties. You should also state whether or not you have any criminal convictions or have any hearings pending. The Curriculum Vitae should include information about your experience and qualifications and the names and contact details (address, email and telephone numbers) of two or three people who are willing to assess the applicant’s merits if confidential reference is made to them.

For more information or to apply visit:

Your application should be addressed to Anthony Wright, Director, and emailed to: [email protected]