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Conservator, Textiles – Australian War Memorial

Closing date:   June 24, 2021
Institution:   Australian War Memorial
Salary:   $65,349 to $77,397
Employment status:   Ongoing, full-time
Location :   Mitchell ACT
Contact name:   Catherine Challenor, 6243 4423
Contact email:   Not supplied yet.

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 textile conservator contributes to the professional conservation, preservation and storage of items from the National Collection. The primary work of this position is the ongoing survey, treatment, preservation and maintenance programs for a range of textiles and related materials including uniforms, flags, medals, leather, plastics and rubber and associated hazards. The conservator assists in the development and implementation of new and improved conservation processes and techniques; documents work performed; may supervise other staff and volunteers; prepares items for access, storage and exhibition and contributes to team, section and Memorial activities.

Note: Tertiary qualifications in conservation are highly desirable

The key duties of the position include:

Under general direction from the Senior Conservator, Textiles:

  • Document, conserve and re-house a range of textile and related objects including uniforms and accessories, flags and colours, medal ribbons (medal mounting), leather, plastic, rubber and other mixed media items identified as corporate priorities for new acquisitions, exhibitions, loans, storage and other preservation programs including hazard mitigation
  • Document all conservation and preservation activities on the Memorial’s Collection Management System
  • Undertake scientific analysis, testing and research to determine composition, condition and deterioration processes of the Memorial’s collection as required
  • Assist in the supervision of other staff and volunteers and assist with their training and development
  • Assist in the development of new conservation techniques and practices
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary teams to deliver conservation programs including gallery maintenance and integrated pest management
  • Provide conservation and preservation advice to other sections of the Memorial, professional colleagues and to the public
  • Conduct manual handling tasks including the movement of a wide range of objects including but not limited to textiles and military heraldry

Notes
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.

To apply please visit: https://www.awm.gov.au/get-involved/work-or-volunteer/employment


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