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Digitisation Officer – Data Specialists (Two positions)

About the Australian Museum

The Australian Museum (AM) operates within the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, is the first museum in Australia and was founded in 1827. The AM provides access, engagement and scientific research to increase our understanding of natural history and culture, particularly of the Australasian region. The AM holds more than 21 million objects of biological, geological and cultural collections and develops programs, exhibitions and school and community education initiatives onsite, online and offsite.

The AM mission is: To ignite wonder, inspire debate and drive change.

The AM vision is: To be a leading voice for the richness of life, the Earth and culture in Australia and the Pacific. We commit to transform the conversation around climate change, the environment and wildlife conservation; be a strong advocate for First Nations’ culture; and continue to develop world-leading science, collections, exhibitions and education programs.

For more information, visit the website.

The AM supports a diverse workforce and promotes applications from First Nation and Torres Strait Islander people. People with disabilities who meet the selection criteria are encouraged to apply; and where required, Australian Museum will implement reasonable adjustment consistent with industry standard.

About the Role

The Australian Museum Photography Archives Digitisation Project (PAD) is an initiative to digitise, describe and share the Australian Museum’s institutional photography collections with visitors, researchers, and the public. The 3-year project is working with external digitisation service providers and an in-house team to create new digital master copies of our unique photographic archives to ensure the accessibility, safety and longevity of this valuable collection far into the future.

The Digitisation Officer – Data works within the AM World Cultures, Archives and Library Branch and the AM PAD project team to prepare negatives and slides for digitisation, track collections as they are sent for digitisation and returned to the museum, and then return originals to permanent storage. They will work with new digital image files to quality check digital files, edit and enrich descriptive metadata, and prepare images and descriptions for ingest into the EMu database. Data officers will also check and update AM IP and ICIP records as needed, working with existing museum protocols, standards and procedures and liaising with First Nations and Pasifika staff as needed for advice on access and permissions.

Knowledge & Experience 

It is a condition of employment at the Australian Museum that all employees, or prospective employees, be double vaccinated for COVID 19 or hold a valid medical exemption.

The Australian Museum welcomes applications from First Nation and Torres Strait Islander people, people from diverse cultural backgrounds and people with disability. Please indicate if you have any accessibility requirements in your application or speak with the contact person should you be called for an interview. We provide reasonable adjustment for people with a disability during the recruitment process and on employment.

The successful applicant will be subject to a national criminal records check.

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