An exciting opportunity to join Te Papa as a Kaitiaki Taonga Conservator Objects. This position is responsible for the conservation and care of Te Papa's 3D collections, to support their use internally and by a range of external communities. The position achieves this through sound risk management and conservation practice when caring for and working with collections. The position is underpinned by the concepts and practice of Mana Taonga, the spiritual and cultural connections of taonga (collections) with people that guide care, use and access. The role is assigned specific accountabilities aligned to the Ngā Tikanga Whakahaere Kohinga Taonga a Te Papa | Collection Care and Practice Framework.
The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum that houses New Zealand's treasures, is a meeting place, a place for lifelong learning, and a place that inspires a sense of wonder and connection. Te Papa's mission is to understand the past, enrich the present and meet the challenges of the future. Biculturalism is a founding philosophy and practice of Te Papa designed to explore the contribution of Maori language and culture to the life, culture and activities of the museum.
Reporting to the Manager Collection Care Practice, this position sits within Collection Services, home to our Collection Care and Exhibition Services teams.
The successful applicant will:
Identify conservation needs, risks and mitigation measures
Identify and carry out treatments, following appropriate cultural protocols and conservation ethics
Carry out condition assessments, surveys and complete required documentation
Carry out prioritised research
To be successful in the role, you'll bring:
A tertiary qualification in conservation, with at least five years
Proven experience working as a conservator within a museum or gallery
Experience working with a broad range of materials, including natural history collections
A sound understanding of how cultural significance, professional best practice and tikanga (cultural protocol) inform treatment and display decisions
Proven ability to work co-operatively in a team with excellent verbal and written communication skills
This is an opportunity to be part of a passionate and dedicated collection care team that supports the wellbeing of Te Papa's collections.
To apply, please provide a cover letter (no more than two pages) describing how your skills and background are a fit with the position and your ambitions for it, and a CV (no more than 4 pages) that details your relevant work experience.
All applicants must have the legal right to work in New Zealand.
Applications close Monday 23rd September.