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 a much-loved organisation at the centre of Auckland’s identity, committed to outstanding management of its extensive collections and the permanent and volunteer staff who tell the Museum’s stories.
An exciting opportunity exists for three highly motivated Project Conservators to join the Museum on a 2 year fixed term basis at an exciting time of redevelopment and renewal.
The role of Project Conservator, Te Awe project is responsible for providing expert physical care and improvement of the Taonga Maori. The main focus of the Project Conservator will be the preservation of organic material including remedial treatments and surface cleaning.
These positions support the Museum’s responsibility to provide the best care and protection to ensure the Taonga Maori collection is stable and healthy to withstand future access. The Te Awe project will result in a significantly enriched electronic catalogue of the Museum’s Taonga Maori collection which supports a wide range of future programmes which are the basis of the Museum’s revised onsite, offsite and online programmes anticipated by Future Museum.
The Project Conservator, Te Awe project positions are a unique opportunity for people with a conservation background to make a meaningful difference to the care and understanding of the indigenous culture of New Zealand.
To be successful in this role, you will offer;
- Tertiary qualification in the Conservation of Cultural Materials
- Member of NZCCM or internationally recognized Conservation affiliations
- Extensive experience in plant fibre and wood conservation
- Experience in treating shell, bone and feathers would be an advantage
- Experience in the complex treatment of unique and irreplaceable objects
- Awareness and experience working with taonga Maori
- Knowledge of Tikanga Maori, especially in relation to museum collections
- Up-to-date knowledge of current professional thinking around preventative conservation
- Excellent manual dexterity and experience in making object supports
- Excellent spatial sense and ability to work in tight spaces and handling large objects
- Experience working in a museum environment
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (including tact, discretion and confidentiality)
- Evidence of ability to work collaboratively and in cross-functional teams
To apply for this job, please visit our job site http://careers.aucklandmuseum.com and enter the job code 10610SK.
Candidates must be eligible to work in New Zealand to apply for these fixed term positions.