Collection Technician, Documentary Heritage

Tāmaki Paenga Hira: Tui tui hono tangata, whenua me te moana.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Connecting through sharing stories of people, lands and seas

Auckland Museum is a much-loved culture and heritage organisation at the heart of Auckland’s identity, committed to outstanding management of its world-class collections, developing and sharing engaging content through its galleries, exhibition, events, educational programmes and the permanent and volunteer staff who tell the Museum’s stories. We are Auckland’s home of commemoration as well as the country’s oldest research institution and a major tourist destination.

 Job Description

The Collection Technician, Documentary Heritage directly contributes to the enhanced access of Auckland War Memorial Museum’s collections through the preservation management of the collections, and by providing research support and physical collection access to our visitors and staff. Auckland Museum holds one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent Documentary Heritage collections which form an essential basis for research, display, public engagement and the maintenance of cultural identity.  The main focus of this permanent, part-time role is to provide support to the department’s Collection Managers who work across the Manuscripts, Museum Archives, Photography, Art, Born Digital, Ephemera, Sound Archives, Publications, Rare Books, Maps, Plans and Serials collections. This part-time position requires 20 hours per week and will ideally be worked across Monday to Wednesday, however there may be some flexibility with the workdays. 

 Desired Skills and Experience

To be successful in this part-time role, you will offer;

  • A tertiary qualification in Library & Information Sciences, Museum Studies or a degree relevant to the department’s activities is expected and/or relevant practical museum/library experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of collection management processes and databases in a museum context
  • Practical experience handling fragile and/or paper-based collection materials
  • Sound computer skills including proven competency on Microsoft Office Suite, plus experience with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat is advantageous
  • Sound technical skills and experience in digitising paper-based materials, describing heritage material, working with digital files and data entry
  • Proficient oral and written communication skills
  • Understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and their application in a Museum context
  • Sound reference skills, knowledge of online resources and proven ability to work collegially with researchers and colleagues
  • A reasonable level of physical fitness including the ability to lift items up to 10kg, work at heights and work in photographic cold store environments

Closing Date:  Sunday, 27 November 2022 

You must be currently eligible to work in New Zealand to apply for this permanent part-time position. Please view the position description here or select the apply now button if viewing on Seek.  

Auckland Museum offers a rich and fulfilling work life where we embrace diversity and nurture our bicultural capability as demonstrated in our Teu le Va and He Korahi Maori strategies. We also offer a range of great benefits such as flexible work and leave and an award-winning wellbeing programme.

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, reflecting our unique place in the South Pacific.

He Oranga Tangata ka ao   

Enriching lives: Inspiring discoveries