Conservator Objects

Te Papa
New Zealand - North
Closing Date
Mon, 23rd September 2019
Position Type
Full Time
New Zealand - North


An exciting opportunity has arisen 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 practice of Mana Taonga, and is assigned specific accountabilities aligned to the Ngā Tikanga Whakahaere Kohinga Taonga a Te Papa | Collection Care and Practice Framework.

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 and collections, including natural history
A sound understanding of how cultural significance, professional best practice and tikanga inform treatment and display decisions

This is an opportunity to be part of a great collection care team that does amazing work 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.

Questions about this position can be sent to Anne Peranteau, Manager Collection Care Practice.

Applications close Monday 23rd September.

Please apply here:


Anne Peranteau -

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