Leading Museums, Museum Leaders

Technical Officers x 4 – Australian Museum

Closing date:   July 8, 2022
Institution:   Australian Museum Trust
Salary:   Technical Officer 1/2 ($59,211 - $86,429) with a total remuneration package up to $95,806 per annum
Employment status:   3 x Ongoing Full-time and 1 x Temporary Full-time
Location :   Sydney CBD
Contact name:   Rhiannon Stephens
Contact email:   rhiannon.stephens@australian.museum

About the Australian Museum

The Australian Museum is located on the traditional homelands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. The Australian Museum acknowledges the Gadigal people as the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land, sky and waterways, paying respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

The Australian Museum (AM) operates within the NSW Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade cluster. The AM is the first museum in Australia and was founded in 1827. The AM provides access, engagement and scientific research to increase our understanding of natural history and culture, particularly of the Australasian region. The AM holds more than 21 million objects of biological, geological and cultural collections and develops programs, exhibitions and school and community education initiatives onsite, online and offsite. The AM’s purpose is to make nature, Indigenous cultures and science accessible and relevant to everyone.

The AM mission is: To ignite wonder, inspire debate and drive change.

The AM vision is: 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.

For more information, visit the website.

The AM supports a diverse workforce and promotes applications from First Nation and Torres Strait Islander people. People with disabilities who meet the selection criteria are encouraged to apply; and where required, Australian Museum will implement reasonable adjustment consistent with industry standard.

About the roles

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Australian Museum and help make their collections accessible to the world. You will provide technical support to the Museum’s Collection Enhancement Project, working closely with collection staff, barcoding staff and the EMu database and DigiVol teams, to digitise the AM’s collections. These positions will be particularly focused on working with fragile specimens and specimens preserved in hazardous chemicals from the Entomology, Marine Invertebrates, and Malacology collections. These roles will require the registration of objects within the Museums database and the photography of objects using specialised photographic equipment.

About you 

We are seeking Technical Officers with demonstrated knowledge and experience in the appropriate handling of one or more of the following taxonomic groups (entomology, marine invertebrates, or malacology) in a museum setting.

You will have demonstrated:

  • a knowledge in the appropriate handling one or more of the following taxonomic groups (entomology, marine invertebrates, or malacology) in a museum setting
  • a capacity to support the Collection Managers in the maintenance and curation of the collection including the ability to handle fragile specimens/objects and labels and experience in, or willingness to handle chemicals, including ethanol and formalin according to WH&S procedures.
  • experience in working with collection database systems.
  • experience in imaging (i.e., taking high quality photographs) of collection specimens/objects.
  • basic knowledge and understanding of the application of WH&S legislation and regulations.

Essential Requirements

  • TAFE qualifications or equivalent training in a relevant field, or equivalent experience in working with natural science collections.

Knowledge & Experience  

  • Adequate knowledge and experience to deliver the Key Accountabilities and perform to the Focus Capabilities outlined in the Role Description.

For more information or to apply visit: JobsNSW.


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