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Head of Collection Care – Auckland War Memorial Museum

Tamaki Paenga Hira: Tui tui hono tangata, whenua me te moana.

Ko Tamaki Paenga Hira, hewaengarahi ake, he ngakau mahaki mo te kaitiakitanga taonga pu korero, pakiwaitara, korero tipua ano hoki mai i nga kai para korero

Auckland Museum is seeking an experienced, forward-thinking museum professional to lead our Collection Care team in an exciting period of the Museum’s development.

The Museum’s collections span a wide range of formats, subjects and materials across the human history, natural science and documentary heritage fields. Managing long-term preservation while allowing for various modes of access to and use of these collections is a key challenge of the role. Upcoming developments will see significant changes to the display and storage of collections and this role will be a key contributor, providing advocacy for collection care to the planning and delivery a range of projects. 

The Head of Collection Care leads the long-term preservation of the Museum’s collections through both advocacy and direct management of activities which upgrade and enhance the care and condition of the collections. The position is responsible for maintaining and improving the physical state of collections through policy and procedure development, preventive care strategies and through management of projects which optimise the storage and care of the collections. Contributions to Museum-wide programmes and building development projects are vital parts of the long-term success of the role. 

We are looking for someone eager to provide outstanding leadership to the Museum’s team of Conservators, Collection Managers and other project staff who work on the preservation, storage and conservation treatment of the collections. 

The successful candidate will be a positive player in our diverse organisation and will have strengths in building relationships and provoking new thinking in the care, storage and management of museum collections. 

The successful candidate will have:

We invite motivated applicants with team leadership experience and thorough knowledge of current practice in preservation management and public access with a working knowledge of conservation of museum collections. 

Closing Date: 5pm Sunday, 1 February 2015.

You must be eligible to work in NZ to apply for this position. 

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to be part of a fabulous New Zealand organisation committed to telling our national and Auckland stories and reflecting our unique place in the South Pacific.

To apply for this job, please apply online or go to our job site and enter the job code 4630MA.


Closing date: Sunday, 1 February 2015 – 5:00pm