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The Senior Preventive Conservator contributes to the professional conservation, management, storage and preservation of items from the National Collection. The primary work of this team includes supervision and oversight of preventive conservation programs and initiatives including Gallery Maintenance, environmental monitoring and reporting, integrated pest management, disaster response, collection area cleaning and monitoring and providing a range of training for workers who have collection related roles.

The senior conservator is expected to: develop and improve preventive conservation processes and strategies; foster a preventive conservation culture across the Memorial; supervise staff, contractors and volunteers; provide advice for exhibition, loan and access; and participate in Section and Memorial management activities.

Core Responsibilities

  • Under general direction from the Conservation Manager, Technology, Objects and Preventive, manage the daily operations of the preventive conservation team, including the development and implementation of the Memorial’s preventive conservation and preservation programs.
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders in relation to developing and maintaining preventive conservation programs.
  • Develop and conduct Memorial wide training in preventive conservation principles and practices including:
    • Document preventive conservation and incident response activities on the Memorial’s Collection Management System
    • Manage the work of staff and contractors and assist with their training and development
    • Develop and implement new preventive conservation techniques and procedures
    • Liaise with, and provide assistance to, other conservation labs as required
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary teams for the delivery of exhibitions and other projects, establishing and maintaining liaison with other staff responsible for the preservation, care, development and use of collection material, especially with regard to the storage, handling and display of collection
  • Provide conservation and preservation advice to other sections of the Memorial, professional colleagues and to the wider community
  • Conduct manual handling tasks including movement of a wide range of objects

The Memorial is committed to workplace diversity and maintains an environment that values the contribution of people from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. The Memorial welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, veterans, mature age people, people from diverse backgrounds and people with a disability. To be eligible for ongoing or non-ongoing employment, Australian Citizenship is required.

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