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An exciting opportunity to join Te Papa as a Kaitiaki Taonga Conservator Textiles. This is a fixed term appointment to backfill for a secondment and has an end date of December 2021. This position is responsible for the conservation and care of Te Papa’s textile collections, 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. The position is underpinned by the practice of Mana Taonga, and is assigned specific accountabilities aligned to the Ngā Tikanga Whakahaere Kohinga Taonga a Te Papa | Collection Care and Practice Framework.

Reporting to the Manager Collection Care Practice, this position sits within Collection Services, home to our Collection Care and Exhibition Services teams.

The successful applicant will:

  • Identify conservation needs, risks and mitigation measures
  • Identify 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 be successful in the role, you’ll bring:

  • A tertiary qualification in conservation, with proven experience working as a conservator within a museum or gallery
  • A sound understanding of how cultural significance, professional best practice and tikanga inform treatment and display decisions

This is an opportunity to be part of a great collection care team that does amazing work that supports the wellbeing of Te Papa’s collections.

To apply, please 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.

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All applicants must have the legal right to work in New Zealand.

Questions about this position can be sent to Anne Peranteau, Manager Collection Care Practice.