Museum Curator

Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum

Do you have a passion for community history and experience in the delivery of Museum services and collections? If so, you’ll be pleased to know Kawerau District Council is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Museum Professional to guide the team at the Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum. Become a part of our mission to collect and preserve our stories, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

Centrally located in the heart of the Bay of Plenty, Kawerau is renowned for its great sense of community, wonderful climate and strong Maori heritage, and is one of New Zealand's youngest towns. Founded in 1953, the township has been well-planned, with plenty of parks and reserves and wide, tree-lined streets. Kawerau is within easy reach of lakes, beaches, forests, major cities and thermal areas and, with the Tarawera River on its doorstep, is a popular outdoor and adventure playground. Our Museum offers a wide variety of work experiences and the successful applicant will be supported with on the job training opportunities. The Council has recently invested in a new collection store and workroom which includes an up-to-date digitisation suite.

This is a full-time (40 hours per week) position responsible for the administration and operation of the Sir James Fletcher Kawerau Museum. Core responsibilities include collection management, exhibitions, and working with staff, volunteers, and the local community to conserve, research, organize, and display historical material relating to the community of Kawerau.

The ideal person we are looking for will have:

•    Excellent customer service and communication skills
•    At least two years’ experience in delivering Museum services and collections
•    A tertiary qualification in a relevant field with ideally a Master’s degree or other post graduate professional qualification
•    A professional knowledge of collections management and the principles of object and materials conservation
•    Demonstrated success in exhibiting and promoting museum collections to a wide range of audiences
•    Familiarity with Vernon CMS, Microsoft applications and be internet confident
•    Highly self-motivated with a ‘can do’ attitude
•    Accurate and methodical with good research skills
•    Well organised with the ability to manage time effectively
•    Works effectively in small teams and on their own

Council operates a Drug and Alcohol Policy. Candidates may be required to undertake pre–employment testing.

The position description and application form is available from our Council offices or on our website: (vacancies) or contact:

Pari Maxwell
Chief Executive Officer’s Secretary
Telephone: (07) 306 9009

Applications should be marked “Confidential” and addressed to:

Chief Executive Officer
Kawerau District Council
Private Bag 1004

Closing date: