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Senior Collection Technician (1.0 FTE)

Nelson Provincial Museum’s purpose is to care for, strengthen and make widely accessible the taonga and heritage collections of Nelson/Tasman; and to create unforgettable experiences that stimulate awareness, celebrate diversity, excite action and entertain.

The purpose of the Collection Technician Social History position is to provide collection care, cataloguing, documentation, and access for the Museum’s collection. The social history collection covers domestic and industrial technology, furniture, textiles and also shares care of the natural history and foreign ethnology collections.

As the museum moves towards the construction of a new collection facility, the senior collections technician will assist the collections leader in ensuring that the social history collection is move-ready by a storage planning, accessibility, and health and safety.

The person in this position will manage the day to day care, housing, storage and documentation of the Social History collection to acceptable museum standards, in consultation with supervisor and Kaitiaki Taonga Māori.
This position is also responsible for documenting objects and related collection activities, ensuring object records are fully catalogued, up to date, retrievable and accessible online.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification in history, archeology, museum studies or library science, arts or natural sciences, or equivalent experience.

  • 2+ years experience and proven ability in carrying out standard cataloguing procedures, preferably with social history collections. Graduates with internship or volunteer experience are encouraged to apply.

  • Understanding of, and experience in, museum registration techniques and electronic collection management systems.  Experience with the Vernon Collection Management System would be desirable.

  • An understanding of tikanga, best practise and relevant legislation in the care of Taonga Māori and ability to engage in and promote a bicultural work environment.

  • Knowledge of relevant legislation relating to the acquisition, documentation and use of collections including Treaty of Waitangi, Museum Aotearoa Code of Ethics, Copyright Act.

  • Ability to write significance assessments using a material culture approach.

  • Sound general administrative /organisational skills.

  • Good interpersonal skills and positive attitude in dealing with members of the public.

  • Sound communication skills.

  • An effective and collaborative team member.

  • Sufficient level of physical fitness to perform job safely (some heavy lifting may be required).

  • A firearms license or willingness to acquire one is desirable.

If you’d like to be part of our passionate, forward-thinking team, please email your cover letter and CV to shae.trewin@museumnp.org.nz

Applications close 5:30pm, Sunday 29 November

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Curator – Archives (1.0 FTE)

Nelson Provincial Museum’s purpose is to care for, strengthen and make widely accessible the taonga and heritage collections of Nelson/Tasman; and to create unforgettable experiences that stimulate awareness, celebrate diversity, excite action and entertain.

As the museum moves towards the construction of a new collection facility, the Archivist will ensure that the documentary heritage collection is move-ready by undertaking inventories, cataloguing, rationalisation and re-housing.

The Curator – Archives will oversee other key aspects of the collection including volunteer projects, digitisation, acquisitions, public programmes and cultural care. The role is expected to innovate storage and access solutions to fulfil contemporary research needs without compromising collections care.

The Curator – Archives will lead and manage the Archive team of staff and volunteers, plan and engage in other collection-based projects, Co-ordinate and manage internal and external enquiries and access requests, and provide research services and cultural access where required.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • An awareness of Tikanga Māori and its implications for Collection Management practices; and understanding of Matauranga Māori in context with the effective management and access of collection records and documentation.

  • A tertiary qualification in library science and/or archives management or equivalent experience.

  • Proven ability in management and administration particularly in a museum, records storage, archive or special collection. Knowledge and experience in information retrieval in a research-oriented cultural or arts organisation advantageous.

  • Prior collection move experience advantageous.

  • Relevant knowledge of legal matters, including copyright and legal requirements for access, record retention and disposal as they relate to collections and records, policies, governing rights and reproductions.

  • Relevant knowledge of preservation requirements, housing and security needs of collections.

  • Experience and proven ability in carrying out appraisal, standard cataloguing, arranging and describing procedures including born digital material.

  • Understanding of and experience in museum registration techniques and electronic collection management systems, knowledge of Vernon CMS advantageous.

  • Excellent people skills and effective leader of volunteers

  • A flexible and proactive approach to competing priorities.

  • Ability to interpret the collections and communicate relevant knowledge

  • Sufficient level of physical fitness to perform job safely (some heavy lifting may be required)

  • This role requires a mandatory police vetting check in compliance with the Vulnerable Childrens Act

 If you’d like to be part of our passionate, forward-thinking team, please email your cover letter and CV to shae.trewin@museumnp.org.nz

Applications close 5:30pm, Sunday 29 November

Apply Now

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