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Senior Collection Technician – Pacific Collection Access Project

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 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 a highly motivated Senior Collection Technician to join the Museum on a 1 year fixed term basis at an exciting time of redevelopment and renewal. This position will cover for the incumbent Senior Collection Technician while she takes primary carer leave.

The role of Senior Collection Technician – Pacific Collection Access Project contributes to the upgrade of information about the Pacific collection through improving the richness of database records including the conversion of paper-based records into an electronic database working with Cultural Knowledge Holders from Auckland’s Pacific communities. The resulting significantly enriched electronic catalogue of the Pacific collection will support 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 Senior Collection Technician, Pacific Collection Access Project is a unique opportunity for people with a collection management background to make a meaningful difference to the understanding of the Pacific material culture.

To be successful in this role, you will offer:

  • A Tertiary qualification in Museum Studies or a field relevant to the Museum’s Human History collections, together with 2-5 years of relevant museum experience
  • Awareness and experience working with Pacific material culture and/or historical museum collections
  • Staff management or supervision in a museum context
  • Museum object handling skills are essential
  • Collections database experience is essential, preferably in Vernon CMS, with an awareness of relevant descriptive or cataloguing systems and approaches
  • Proven efficient English written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills (including tact, discretion, and confidentiality)
  • Written and oral skills in one or more Pacific languages is highly desirable
  • Evidence of ability to work collaboratively and successfully in cross-functional teams
  • Empathy for bringing the Museum alive, being part of its team, and a well-developed sense of public/community accountability

To apply for this job, please apply online or go to our job site and enter the job code 11092.

Candidates must be eligible to work in New Zealand to apply for this fixed term 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.