Assistant Curator

Department of Internal Affairs

Type: Permanent
Hours: Full time
Location: Wellington
Business Group: National Library
Branch: Information and Knowledge Services
Salary: $68,060 - 92,081

Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Ni hao, Namaste, Salaam, Selam and Hello!

  • Exciting opportunity to work as part of the Turnbull Library’s Curatorial Team on cross team projects with analogue, digitised and born-digital archival and special collections in various formats.
  • Help promote and share the history of Aotearoa New Zealand through the ongoing development of the Turnbull collections.
  • Be part of a holistic system, working collaborating to improve the representation of all New Zealanders, especially those who have been historically underrepresented in the Library’s collections.

We have an excellent opportunity for an experienced cultural heritage professional to join the Alexander Turnbull Library’s Curatorial Services Team. In this role you will report to the New Zealand and Pacific Publications Curator and work collaboratively with staff across the Turnbull Library and the National Library to ensure the smooth functioning of our curatorial functions, including donor relationships, acquisitions workflows, appraisal, and special projects to improve collections management and access to and use of the Library’s collections. In this role you will work as a key contributor to the Curatorial Team, assisting with donor and researcher correspondence, appraisal and accessioning of new and backlog collections, identifying collections for digitisation, archival processing, and other key Library projects.Expertise in Newspaper and serial formats would be advantageous to this role.

To be successful in the role you will have:

  • Ability to work or quickly learn to work across archival formats, particularly newspapers and serials, and on wider cross-Library projects. 
  • The talent to communicate effectively with wide-ranging audiences and communities.
  • Experience working with cultural heritage collections in a Library, Archives or similar organisation and demonstrated understanding of the balance between ‘protecting privacy and copyright’ and ‘facilitating access to collections’.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and engagement with archival theories and principles, especially strong appraisal, accessioning, as well as arrangement and description experience and knowledge.
  • Experience of working with donors and an ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with donors and dealers, your team, the wider business, and documentary heritage sector colleagues 


The Alexander Turnbull Library is part of the National Library of New Zealand and sits within the Information and Knowledge Services branch, the Department’s epicentre of information management, culture and heritage.

Kōkiri, kōkiri, kōkiri!

Whakarongo ake au ki ngā reo o te motu

E karanga mai ana

Huakina mai ngā tatau o tō whare

Kia mahi tahi tatou, kia inu ai mātou

I Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa

Credit: Bella Tarawhiti

The message from the people

Clearly asks us

To open our doors

So that we may work together and share the information

Held in the National Library of New Zealand


We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We recognise a diverse workforce contributes to better business outcomes. We are committed to creating a workplace where all employees have equal access.

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We work to make New Zealand better for New Zealanders through our four outcome areas:

  • People can easily access the services and information they need
  • Iwi, hapū and communities across New Zealand are safe, resilient and thriving
  • People's sense of belonging and collective memory builds an inclusive New Zealand
  • New Zealand is a well-functioning democracy across central and local government

Applications close: 5pm, Friday 5 August, 2022
For more information please contact: Geraldine Warren, 04 4602813,
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