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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum, as Kaitiaki Taonga Conservator Objects, to be part of a great team of skilled professionals caring for collections and supporting the wellbeing of Te Papa’s taonga. Reporting to the Manager Collection Care Practice, this position sits within Collection Services, home to our Collection Care and Exhibition Services teams.

This position is responsible for the conservation and care of Te Papa’s three-dimensional objects, to support their use internally and by a range of external communities. The position achieves this through sound risk management and conservation practice when caring for and working with collections. Te Papa’s collections are distributed across four main curatorial areas: New Zealand and Pacific Cultures, Matauranga Māori, Art and Natural History.

The position; along with all collection-related positions, is underpinned by the practice of Mana Taonga – people-centred museology, which requires an added responsibility of care for the people who are associated with those objects or taonga.

The successful applicant will have the following:

  • Identify conservation needs, risks and mitigation measures for three-dimensional objects
  • Design and carry out treatments, following appropriate cultural protocols and conservation ethics
  • Carry out condition assessments, surveys and complete required documentation
  • Carry out prioritised research to identify materials and to test and develop treatment methodologies

To be successful in the role, you’ll bring the following:

  • A tertiary qualification in conservation, preferably with at least five years’ proven experience working as a conservator within a museum or gallery setting
  • Experience working with diverse collections of three-dimensional objects, including both organic and inorganic object types
  • Ability and willingness to learn and apply Te reo Māori and cultural practices
  • Strong communication, planning and time management abilities, and a passion for working collaboratively
  • The ability and willingness to learn and practice Te reo Māori and cultural practices

The position description provides further information about the role. Please apply online application form and provide a cover letter (no more than two pages) describing how your skills and background are a fit with the position and your ambitions for it, and a CV (no more than 4 pages) that details your relevant work experience.

The starting salary for this position will be between $66,000 to $79,000 p.a. with opportunity for progression through the band. Offers will be made within the range to reflect the skills and experience offered by the candidate, those required of the role, and internal relativities.

This is a permanent role and applicants must have the ability to obtain and maintain the legal right to work in New Zealand.

Appointment to a position at Te Papa will require the production of evidence, prior to the commencement of work, of a ‘MY Vaccine Pass’ issued by the Ministry of Health.

Prior to Te Papa confirming any offer of employment, pre-employment checks will be undertaken including criminal conviction history and reference checking as a minimum.

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