Submitted by johanna.sanders on Mon, 01/11/2021 - 12:04

Papakura Museum


Responsible for the management of Papakura Museum’s collection, exhibition development and displays.

25.5 hours per week / Commencing 8th February 2022

Papakura Museum is looking for a Curator to cover parental leave. We can currently offer a 5-month contract, with the potential of renewal for a further 7 months after 1st July 2022. 

Papakura Museum is a much-loved regional museum, which conserves and communicates Papakura’s local history. We offer local, national, and international exhibitions for public visitation. We also work with schools and community groups to run visits, handling experiences, and workshops. Behind the scenes, we act as kaitiaki for a significant historical collection, working to conserve, protect and exhibit our local history.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

•    A post-graduate qualification in Museums and Cultural Heritage Studies, History, Archives management, or another relevant field.
•    An awareness of museum standards and practices in line with Museum Aotearoa’s code of ethics.
•    Experience in collection handling, collection cataloguing (InMagic DB/TextWorks) and collection management.
•    The ability to negotiate loan items and external loans.
•    Experience or an awareness of exhibition development and museum displays, taking into consideration the desires and interests of our local community.
•    A strong understanding of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tikanga Māori, and a familiarity with Te Reo Māori.
•    A strong understanding of New Zealand history, and preferably a familiarity with Auckland history.
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
•    The ability to meet deadlines and have high levels of personal motivation and initiative. 
•    A keenness to work in a vibrant small team and interact with the local community.

Key tasks include:

•    Day to day management of the Museum’s collection – cataloguing, packing, pest checks, approving and processing accessions and deaccessions, planning and
     executing exhibitions and displays.
•    Communicating and sustaining relationships with collectors, artists, community representatives and other museums nation-wide to develop and loan exhibition
•    Liaising with key stakeholders, including Papakura and Districts Historical Society, Papakura Local Board, Auckland Council, local government, local iwi, local
     businesses, and other interested parties.
•    Contributing to strategic planning for the Museum.
•    Working alongside a small team of colleagues and a large team of volunteers.
•    Submitting a monthly curatorial report and attending meetings as requested.
•    Interacting with the public – offering advice and answering questions. 

$27 per hour + 8% holiday pay (in lieu of annual leave).

If you are interested in this role, please email your CV and cover letter to Ione Cussen -

Applications close 28th November 2021.

The successful applicant will be informed by 17th December 2021.

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