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Digital Imaging Officer – MAGNT

Closing date:   November 30, 2020
Institution:   Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory        
Salary:   $80,000 + plus 9.5% super
Employment status:   18 months, full-time
Location :   Darwin, NT
Contact name:   Elaine Labuschagne, Registrar, (08) 8999 8278
Contact email:   elaine.labuschagne@magnt.net.au

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is the Northern Territory’s premier cultural institution. It offers a dynamic and diverse arts, science and cultural program to more than 300,000 visitors each year.

We are both a museum and art gallery with collections, exhibitions and programs across our core areas of Aboriginal culture, natural sciences, history and art focussing on Northern and Central Australia and our near neighbours.

MAGNT’s objective is to maintain the highest standards of excellence in preserving, researching, exhibiting and communicating the record of natural history, art and peoples of the Northern Territory. Our vision is to be a world-class museum connecting people and stories of the Northern Territory.

MAGNT has seven venues: Bullocky Point, the Defence of Darwin Experience, Fannie Bay Gaol, Lyons Cottage, the Museum of Central Australia (incorporating the Strehlow Research Centre), Megafauna Central and the Alcoota fossil site.

Primary Objective:

The Digital Imaging Officer digitises the MAGNT collection, consisting of 2D and 3D artworks, objects, artefacts, historic photography collection and the natural sciences, using an array of professional photographic equipment.  The Digital Imaging Officer fulfils internal and external photography requests and undertakes corporate photography to support the broader work of MAGNT.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Use a range of professional capture devices, lighting and associated software applications to produce high-quality digital images of collection items, ensuring that technical specifications, service standards and project targets are met.
  2. Process, colour manage, name and create derivatives of digital image files in line with established standards and specifications.
  3. Undertake complex and creative studio and location photography to meet corporate needs, including publication, exhibition documentation, portraiture, architecture and marketing photography.
  4. In association with the Registrar, fulfil internal and external client requests for digital images from MAGNT’s collections.
  5. Use existing workflow tools to facilitate quality assurance and transfer of files into MAGNT’s digital asset repository (NAS), and make derivatives accessible to MAGNT staff in the CMS.
  6. Maintain knowledge of rapidly changing technical developments in photography and digital imaging and make decisions on the acquisition and use of specialist equipment including colour management systems and imaging computers.
  7. Maintain camera and studio equipment, ensuring computers, firmware and software up to date.
  8. Undertake a range of administrative duties to support the management of collections at MAGNT and the operations of the Collection Management team.

SELECTION CRITERIA

  1. Tertiary qualifications in photography and significant experience in a Museum, Archive, Library or Art Gallery digitisation environment, creating high-quality digital files of collection items, and completing photography for events, publications and corporate photographic assignments, using a range of professional camera and lighting equipment.
  2. High level knowledge of colour management, digital file management and significant experience in camera capture (with DSLR and Medium format systems) and image processing on Windows and Macintosh operating systems.
  3. Significant Experience in the handling and care of rare, valuable and fragile collection items.
  4. Work effectively in an interdisciplinary team environment, and self-manage workload across concurrent projects.
  5. Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills at institutional, government and community levels. An ability to interact effectively with people from different cultures. Provide advice on digitisation standards, techniques and equipment to community organisations.
  6. Sound understanding of Work Health Safety (WHS) practises to ensure WHS system compliance.

Other relevant information:

  1. This job requires some weekend and out of hours work.
  2. This role statement is intended to provide an overall view of the role but in addition to this document, the specifics of the role will be described in business work plans.
  3. MAGNT is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in the workplace.
  4. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island applicants are encouraged to apply.
  5. Applicants must have full Australian work rights.
  6. A valid Australian Drivers licence is essential.

Further information:

Applications must address the selection criteria and include three referee contacts (two A4 pages only). Referees will not be contacted without prior consent.

For further information please visit our website at magnt.net.au

Submit applications via email: careers@magnt.net.au  by 30 November 2020


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