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Conservator, Talent Pool – Australian Museum

Vacancy Details
Closing Date
02/06/2024 11:59 pm
Australian Museum
Hourly rate $82,184 - $104,980, plus employer's contribution to superannuation (currently 11%) and annual leave loading.
Employment status
Sydney Region / Sydney City
Contact name
Heather Bleechmore, Manager Collection Care & Conservation
Contact email

Join us at the Australian Museum and help us achieve our Mission to ignite wonder, inspire debate and drive change 

About the Role

We are seeking to create a talent pool of motivated Conservators to join our Collection Care and Conservation team on various conservation projects. We would love to hear from conservators across all specialisation and experience levels who would be available for temporary or casual work. The talent pool is current for 18 months and provides successful candidates with the opportunity for employment on future projects and programs, including collection housing, risk assessment and conservation treatment.

Positions will be required to work across the diverse range of AM Cultural, Natural Science, Library and Archive collections carrying out essential conservation services in our core business programs. Our supportive and vibrant team environment is built on collaboration and professionalism engaging with internal and external stakeholders to deliver busy ongoing monitoring programs, exhibition, loan, and acquisition schedules.

Employment Status:

  • Conservator 1/2
  • Fixed term temporary or casual


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You will be paid a competitive annual salary $82,184 – $104,980, plus employer’s contribution to superannuation (currently 11%) and annual leave loading; or $48.75 – $64.77 per hour plus casual loadings.

About you

You will have:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Sound understanding of conservation principles and ethics
  • Willingness and ability to work at all AM sitesEssential Requirements
  • Tertiary qualifications in materials conservation; OR an appropriate qualification in a related field, together with two years relevant conservation experience working under the supervision of an experienced, qualified conservator; OR a minimum of five years conservation experience working under the supervision of an experienced, qualified conservator.


Knowledge & Experience  

  • Experience in materials conservation, conservation techniques, related scientific processes, and the application of conservation ethics, as accepted by the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials.
  • Cultural competency skills: awareness of the protocols when working with diverse cultural material and interpersonal skills when engaging with internal and external stakeholders of diverse backgrounds.


About The Australian Museum

The Australian Museum is truly a great place to work. We aim 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.

Recent staff survey results confirm that our staff feel valued, accepted, and supported and that they believe the AM is an inclusive workplace. AM staff also report a high level of job satisfaction.

The AM is located on the homelands of the Gadigal people and acknowledges and pays respect to the Gadigal people as the custodians of the land, sky, and waterways, paying respect to Elders past and present.

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Besides working together with other like-minded people, you will have access to professional development and dedicated Wellbeing programs.